Hungary: Budapest & Simontornya

Hungary – a city with beautiful architecture and history. It also has quite much to offer to tourists! I have been to Hungary for the first time with my Mum in November 2017. We booked a “Hungary’s Culinary Delights” tour, which took place in Simontornya, a lovely town in Tolna County (1.4 ~ 2.3 hours from Budapest depending on the train). We spend one night in Budapest, where we did a boat cruise in the evening on our day of arrival. We had a sparkling view of the Parliament Building and it looked amazing at night with all the lights lit up. On the next day, we just went out for a short walk and visited the Great Market Hall of Budapest, where you can get all sorts of goods on 3 floors: vegetables, Hungarian paprika, fruits, Tokaj wines and various souvenirs, clothes, bags and pots. After lunch, our trip went to Simontornya, where we had some relaxing days at Fried Kastélyszálló Resort. They had a nice spa with a swimming pool and saunas. On our last day, we had a rich dinner with Hungarian specialities and lots of Palinka (all you can eat & drink)!

Currency
The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint. 323 Forint is about 1 Swiss Franc / 1.08 US dollar (2020).

Adapter
In Hungary the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Transportation
Travelling around Hungary is very easy. There are several different tickets available at the ticket machine. We paid for a one way ticket from the airport to Budapest city approx. 900 Ft ~ CHF 2.70 (shuttle bus). A 24-hour travelcard in Budapest was 1’650 Ft (~CHF 5)

Museum in Budapest
There are several museums, castles, cathedrals and magnificent monuments around Budapest. Just to mention some:
…Hungarian National Gallery
…Museum of Fine Arts
…Hungarian National Museum
…House of Terror Museum
…Park of Statues (Memento Park)
…Ludwig Museum
…Kiscelli Museum
…Budapest History Museum

Sightseeing in Budapest
Fall in love with the beautiful city of Budapest during a Hop-On, Hop-Off Budapest Bus Tour. Sightseeing Boat Cruises are also available and it’s very magical at night (We booked the tickets @viator.com for approx. CHF 18).
Hungarian Parliament Building, the world’s third largest parliament building
Great Market Hall, is the most beautiful and largest of all Budapest market halls
Buda Castle & Castle Hill, this area contains many of the city’s most important medieval monuments and museums.
St. Stephen’s Basilica, popular attraction for its impressive architecture
Fisherman’s Bastion, is the panoramic viewing terrace with fairy tale towers in Budapest
Danube Promenade, a trail of iron footwear stands as a monument to the thousands executed along this riverbank during WWII.
Matthias Church
Gellért Hill
Hősök tere, one of the major squares in Budapest

I really hope you enjoyed this little travel diary and maybe even take away a few things to do for your own trip.

Just some more miles… Airport Shuttle Bus Single Ticket (900 Ft ~ CHF 2.70) Our Hotel in Budapest (City Hotel Pilvax)

Hungary’s Currency is Forint (323 Ft is around CHF 1) You can buy different travel tickets We bought a 24-hour travelcard for 1’650 Ft (~CHF 5) Dinner before heading to the evening sightseeing cruise Sightseeing Boat Cruise by Hajoznijo.hu
We booked the tickets @ viator.com
for approx. CHF 18
Hungarian Parliament Building Gellert Thermal BathGellert Spa is one of the most famous
thermal spa baths in Europe The next day Autumn Leaves The Great Market Hall in Budapest  Hungarian Spices (Watch out for Paprika!)Hungarian speciality; Beef goulashBye bye BudapestNext stop is Simontornya Our stay: Fried Castle Simontornya

Nom nom breakfast! Off to the supermarket (20min by foot)Animals everywhere Simontornya Castle Here we are at Maxi Coop ABC!

I loved this chocolate milks!! So yummy!Fanta Grape!Back at the hotel – off to the Spa!It felt so good! The Sauna areaHungarian tasting and culinary program;
We had dinner with music and unlimited Palinka, wine
and local drinks :DPalinka (traditional fruit brandy)Hungarian people love meat! Time to go back homeBudapest AirportTaking off~

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