Hungary trip day 6 – 21 October 2012 – Buda Hill Citadel, Pannonhalma Abbey, Roman Ruins at Gorsium Tac, Siofok, Budapest Citadel again …
Overlooking Budapest on the Buda side of the river is the Citadel on top of Gellert Hill, an unwanted (well, that’s what the guidebook said) monument of the Habsburg Empire. There’s also a Liberation Monument commemorating the liberation of Budapest in 1945 by the Russian army. From the area you get a good view of the city.
Continuing west for a 100 km or more gets you to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pannonhalma Abbey, home to a good school, old library (which really was quite fabulous), stained glass windows, and a herb garden.
Then the plan was to visit the Roman ruins at Gorsium-Tac, but the plan was thwarted on arrival by a conflict between guidebook opening hours and actual opening hours. However I did spend a pleasant half hour trying to negotiate my way through the gate in Hungarian with the attendant on duty. I should have talked to the guard dog who I’m sure was barking at me in English.
So after that it was off to the Balaton lakeside town of Siofok, for a visit to the spa with some Hungarian friends (I thought it was a typical Hungarian social custom but they told me no, it was just because I was a smelly foreigner and needed to wash before dinner), authentic Hungarian pizza meal, and pleasant view of a lighthouse tower in the middle of the town to warn approaching ships of a stationary pizza restaurant.
And finally a brief stop back at the Citadel for an evening view and photos.