A spot frequented by denizens of Budapest in the Buda hills, Normafa is known for its panoramic scenery and fresh air. It is located on Svábhegy (Sváb hill) in the XII. district and is in close proximity to János hill, the highest point in Budapest.
The name is derived from the name of a tree, the "Norma tree." Traditionally the beech tree was planted by King Matthias Corvinus in the 15th century. The name stuck when performers from the Hungarian National Theater visited it, where they performed Vincenzo Bellini's Norma.
Normafa is a popular place for excursions and in winter its a perfect place for skiing, sledging and snowboarding with great view to the city.
There are few buffets (American hot-dog, mulled wine, hot tea, some grocery stores). And there is my favorite small wooden shade hiding behind the ski-buffet building, it's called "Rétes Büfé" (Strudel Buffet) and you can find there the most delicious strudel, what I've ever eaten it. :)