Buffalo Reserve, Kápolnapuszta

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Hungary's biggest water buffalo herd, interactive exhibition, picnic area, walkway, animal-stroking area.

Dear Guests!

Please keep distance (1,5 m) and wear a mask.

Thank you for your understanding!

Contact, how to arrive:

Address: Kápolnapuszta, near Balatonmagyaród
GPS: 46.581817, 17.202902
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Telephone: +36702282864 (in the opening hours)
Directorate in Csopak: +36 87 555 282 on workdays

Opening hours:

7th May - 31st May: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1st June - 31st August: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1st September - 31st October: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1st November - 23rd December 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
24-25th December: closed.
26th December: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
27-30th December: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
31st December: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the closing time of the visitor site.

The Water Buffalo Reserve can be visited without any prior arrangement.
(Only the horse-carriage tours are available by prior arrangement.)

Around the animals there is an electric fence, please keep safe distance and do not touch it. Thank you.

Admission fees:

Adult: HUF 800
Discounted*: HUF 700
Child (3-14): HUF 500
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children (3-14 yrs)): HUF 2500
Additional ticket for every other child (3-14 yrs) to family ticket: HUF 200/child
Discounted Family ticket*: HUF 2000
Bicycle ticket (across the Reserve): HUF 700

The admission fee includes VAT and the fee of accident insurance of visitors.


Horse-carriage tours: provisonally out of order.

(Adult: HUF 1.000, Child (3-14 years old): HUF 500). The horse-carriage tours are runned by the entrepreneur who is contracted with the Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate.)

The horse-carriage tours are runned by the entrepreneur who is contracted with the Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate.

The Water Buffalo Reserve was the "Visitor Site of the Year 2014 in the Balaton-felvidéki National Park"

Water Buffalo Reserve

The visitor site plays an important role in the survival and the conservation of genome of the indigenous buffalo in Hungary, and it is the popular display center of the species since the tameness of the livestock makes direct connection possible with the visitors. The visitors become acquainted with the gentle, pitch dark animals on the path supplied with picnic area, information boards, and at the exhibition on buffalo history. An interactive exhibition displays the flora and the fauna of Kis-Balaton, part of the Balaton-felvidéki National Park. A car park, a snack-bar and a souvenir shop await the visitors.
The Water Buffalo Festival is held in the Reserve every year in May/June. Our guests can stroke tame animals every day, during the opening hours. The entrance ticket of the Water Buffalo Reserve is valid to the site where the tame animals can be stroked. The playground awaits children especially between the age of 4 and 14 years.
The Great Crested Grebe Nature Trail near Balatonmagyaród can be visited for free during the whole year. Interpretive boards give information in Hungarian and in German. Names of species are written in Latin as well. Two other interpretive sites of the National Park are the Tilted House in Vörs and the Matula Hut and István Fekete Memorial Site, where the Egret Nature Trail awaits the guided groups.

Ecotourism Services of the National Park at Kis-Balaton can be downloaded: page 1, and page 2

Dogs only on a lead please! Please follow the nature trail!

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