Szimpla is one of the so called “ruin pubs” downtown Budapest. An old residential building that has been turned into a pub with an atmosphere that can not be compared to anything you have seen before. The furniture consists of all sorts of old item, even seats from trams and busses. There is even table made from an old Trabant car. A wide variety of programs and an open-air cinema makes the place even more fun. Services at Szimpla Kert incluede wireless Internet (WIFI), warm food, cocktail bar, hookah / shisha (waterpipe) shop and a recording studio.
The history of the Aquincum museum date back to 1778, when a wine maker from Óbuda (town of Old Buda) found remains of Roman floor heating while digging an ice pit. The significance of these ruins and their origins were recognized, and thus the the Roman town of Aquincum was discovered.
Since Aquincum is a little out-of-town, (but still easily accessible by public transport) many tourist miss this great museum. You should schedule at least half a day to see Aquincum, as the old Roman town is really big, and there is a lot to see. By purchasing the entrance ticket you are actually getting two more museum entries for FREE! The same ticket can be used at Kiscelli Museum, which holds permanent and temporary Art Exhibitions as well as the Castle Museum that gives a great overview of Hungarian history and the history of Buda and Pest. (This information is valid at the end of 2011. Hopefully they will not change this system in 2012.)
Before going to Aquincum be sure to check out their website, as the museum is expanding, During the period construction is underway as part of The Pannonia Provincia Program, supported by money from the European Union, the Museum might be closed at certain periods.
Home page: http://www.aquincum.hu/
Hungary’s longest cave
In December of 2011 three caves Pál-völgyi, Mátyás-hegyi and Harcsaszájú-Hideg-lyuk were connected. There is no official name for the cave system yet, but what is certain, is that it is at least 28.6 kilometer long, and therefore Hungary’s longest cave, right under the capital city. This new discovery is a result of 31 years of research which involved over 200 scientists and volunteers.
The built up part of Pál-völgyi cave is open for visitors between 10 AM and 4 PM, except on Mondays. Guided tours in English are also available. The tour covers about 500 meters of the cave, and last about an hour. Temperature is constant all year around 10 degrees Celsius, so prepare with appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
Address: 1025 Budapest, Szépvölgyi street 162. Telephone: 06-1-325-9505