On our final day in a Budapest we visited the Hungarian State Opera House, Miniversum, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Liberty Park.
We had a great night sleep after we explored the Castle District of Budapest yesterday. Hayley didn’t have any nightmares after her experience in the labyrinth either.
After checking out of the hotel, we made our way out into the streets of Budapest for the final time.
Hungarian State Opera House
After getting a quick breakfast, we made our way to the Hungarian State Opera House of Budapest.
The Hungarian State Opera House was opened in 1884 and was built in neo-Renaissanc style.
Our timing wasn’t the best though as quite a bit of work was being done to the exterior of the building.
Even though we couldn’t appreciate the architecture, we ventured into the foyer for a look at the marble staircase and design.
It was stunning, and in a case of good timing, we could hear one of the tenors practising in the opera hall.
As we left the State Opera House we accidentally stumbled upon Miniversum. This is one of the largest miniature exhibitions in the world.
Hayley was in her element pressing all the interactive buttons to make cars move and lights flash.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Leaving Miniversum behind us we carried on walking to St. Stephens Basilica. This church is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary. It is the third largest church building in the country.
Actor and singer Will Smith performed a concert here last night, so much of the square was taken up by the stage. Nonetheless the basilica was very impressive to look at.
Royal Postal Savings Bank
Once we had enjoyed a quick liquid refreshment we made our way to the former Royal Postal Savings Bank. We were amazed by this beautiful building with its colourful murals.
This beautiful building was constructed in 1901 and is now owned by the National Bank of Hungary. We couldn’t enter though as the building is closed to the public, particularly rabble like us.
Liberty Park, Budapest
Just behind the bank is Liberty Square. This park and square is surrounded by the United States Embassy in Hungary, the Hungarian National Bank and Soviet War Memorial.
I noticed that there was also a monument dedicated to former American president Ronald Reagan.
Lunch at Quán Nón Vietnamese Restaurant
With time getting on before we had to head to the airport, we decided to get some lunch. We settled on a Vietnamese restaurant called Quán Non.
We ordered quite a feast including summer rolls, spring rolls, chicken stir fry, beef rice and pork dumplings. There would be no chance of getting through it all, but as huge Vietnamese food lovers we could pick and choose.
Monyo Tao House, Budapest
By the time we got back to the area where our hotel was located, we just had time to try out Monyo Tap House.
This micro-brewery offers 10 of its own craft ales ranging from IPAs, lagers, stouts and dark ale. As well as swing seats at the bar!
I opted for a Monyo Flying Rabbit, an IPA, a very nice tipple indeed.
This was a great place to end our Budapest adventure. We’ve had five great days in the city, we’ve seen quite a bit but not everything. That means there’s a opportunity to comeback one day.