Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya, Budapest

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    Fisherman Bastion

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    Besides being a pit stop on the Amazing Race, Fisherman's Bastion is an amazing terrace of stone overlooking the Danube River. We were fortunate to be staying at the Castle District Hilton which is right next to the Bastion. We had incredible views of the Bastion from our window. It looks amzing at night with the night sky and the lights.

    The Bastion si named after the fisherman's guild that was responsible for defending the city during the middle ages. The seven towers of the Bastion represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled the area. The stone walls, paths, statues and windows are beautiful. They reminded me of some of the cloisters in France.

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    by Airpunk Written Sep 11, 2008

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    Together with the parliament and the chain bridge, this place is one of the best-known sites in Budapest. Although locals and tourists believe that it is far much older, Fisherman’s Bastion was built in 1905 with the same purpose as it has today: A viewing platform. Although not proven, it is believed that the name Fisherman’s Bastion comes from the Fisherman’s Guild which was believed to responsible for the defense of this section. The seven towers symbolize the seven magyar tribes which came into the pannonian bassin in 896, founding the new hungarian state. Stairs lead down to a place close to the chain bridge. Many visitors chose it as their way to get up to castle hill, enjoying the view onto the other side getting better with every step. The place is popular with tourists with the one or other odd souvernir shop around there. But although you sometimes have to fight for your own little viewing spot, it is still OK and not as touristy as the Citadella.
    If you want to walk on the walls of the bastion, you may have to pay an entry fee during summer season.

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    The fisherman bastion

    by ophiro Written Jul 13, 2008

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    The fishermen bastion (Halaszbastya in Hungarian) is a nice balcony with a great view that was built between 1895 and 1902 in a Neo romansque and neo gothic style.

    There are stairs to climb to or from the bastion.

    You will see here 7 towers that represent the 7 Magyar tribes that settled in the Pannonian basin (also known as Carpathian basin) in year 896.

    The name of the place , Fishermen bastion , is from a fishermen guild that defended the city during the middle ages.

    There is also a bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary on a horse outside the bastion.

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    by 1courage Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    In the main picture of this tip, you can see the view from the Bastion to the South.
    The other pics are as follows:

    2. Equestrian statue of Saint Stephen, Hungary`s first king. Work of Alajos Stróbl (1906)
    3. Monk Julianus. The statue represents the monastic, who went by foot to search the old land of the hungarians, Magna Hungaria, and the hungarians that remained there in Middle Asia. This all occured in the XIII. century, when he, with his friend, who died because of the scourges of this long trip, walked towsands and towsands of kilometers. This composition is work of the sculptor, Károly Antal (1937)
    4. The monument of Hunyadi János, father of king Matthias. Work of István Tóth. (1903)
    5.Statue of Saint George. The original of this sculpture was made by the hungarian Kolozsváry brothers and you can find it in Prague. This was a gift of King Matthias to the czech king. This one, you see on my image, is a perfect copy of that sculpture.

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    by pure1942 Written Mar 3, 2008

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    As part of the expansive plans for the reconstruction of Castle Hill In the late 19th century there were plans to renovate the area of Castle Hill near Matthias Church. The result was Fishermen's Bastion which is a series of neo-Romanesque corridors, terraces and towers designed by Frigyes Schulek. The Fishermen’s Bastion offers great panoramic views of the Pest side of the city. Fishermen's Bastion was constructed between 1901 and 1905.

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    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Fishermans Bastion is strategically located high above the Danube on Castle Hill and is recognizable by its conical towers. It serves as a viewing terrace and has never had the role of a defense building. The seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that came to Hungary in 896.

    During the medievel times a fish market was once housed in this area. It is said that fisherman defended this part of the Castle wall and named it in their honor.

    There are fantastic views of Parliament, the Danube, Matyas Church and the surrounding Old District.

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    by bsfreeloader Written Jan 9, 2008

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    Taking its name from the guild of fishermen which was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages, the Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style viewing terrace. Built between 1895 and 1902, its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. Visible from the Pest bank of the Danube and situated on the Buda bank, the bastion is found near Matthias Church on Castle Hill.

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    by rcsparty Updated Dec 1, 2007

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    The Fisherman's Bastion was designed by Frigyes Schulek and got it's name from the nearby fish market. It is also rumored that the Guild of Fisherman defended this part of the wall during the 1700's. The bastion consists of 7 towers, representing the 7 Maygar tribes in the late 9th century. Their are fantastic views of the Danube, and later in the evening the area is not near as crowded with tourist. The statue in the Bastion is of King St Stephen, the first Hungarian king.

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    Worth to visit

    by muratkorman Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    Fishermen Bastion is located at castle area. During the day, you have to pay an entrance fee to go up, but if you come in the evening time, it will be free of charge. It is worth visiting while you are in castle area.

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    Castle District: Fisherman's Bastion

    by antistar Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    While it overlooks the Danube it would require a long line and a keen eye to catch any fish from the Fisherman's Bastion. The history behind the name actually belongs to the fisherman's guild that defended this stretch of the wall in medieval times. The Fisherman's Bastion itself is a more modern construction, dating from the end of the 19th century, and built in a neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style. It's not only a real eye-catcher, especially with tall and slender spire of Matthias Church just behind, but it also offers fantastic views from its terraces.

    One word of warning, however, is that it is a bit of a rip-off. It costs 3-4 euros to put a ticket in the machine and gain access to the terraces, but each section has its own machine, and you need a new ticket for each one! For a bargain, however, you can come at night when the machines are switched off, and you can walk about all over the terraces for free and admire Budapest's amazing nightscape. It's no good for pictures, however, as the uplights for the Fisherman's Bastion will flood your lens and spoil the image.

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    Fishermans Bastion

    by Gottsie Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    On the Buda Bank of the Danube this fairytale place is the most beautiful spot in Budapest with stunning views of Parliament and Pest.

    During Medieval times this was where the Fish Markets were held, hence the name. It is made up of seven towers symbolising the Magyar Tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

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    Halászbástya

    by leffe3 Written May 6, 2007

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    One (if not the) of the most popular sites in Budapest is the Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion. Built overlooking the Danube on the Buda side of the river within the castle complex, it provides stunning views of the river and city.

    With its seven towers, the Bastion was built to commemorate the 7 tribes who essentially, together, formed the Magyar empire more than 1000 years ago. It's a slightly bizarre monument in that it resembles, on a small scale, a fairytale castle, yet it gained its name from the fish market that was found on the site in medieval times and the Guild who traditionally defended this part of the castle walls.

    It's not as old as many think - its a neo-Gothic structure built in 1905 as a viewing platform. It is found very close to Mátyás Templom, and in the plaza fronting the monument is the equestrian statue of St Stephen (977-1038).

    Overlooking the Bastion is the controversial (and ugly) Hilton Hotel complex (built in and around a 14th century church and baroque college) . You get some great reflections from the glass facade of the Bastion.

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    Fishermans Bastion

    by stevemt Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

    The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen which was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.

    The views from here are fantastic, looking out over the grey Danube (no it is NOT blue these days.)

    Its a great place to wander around and be casual, visit the church, sit in the sun and read a book, have a beer and so forth.

    When I was there I entered the church to have a look round and to my delight there was a sung mass in progress. The mass was sung acapella (un-accompanied) and was one of the highlights for me of the visit, it was superb.

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    by viddra Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    Visit the grand bastion flowing down the side of the Castle Hill, behind St Matthew's Church, walk among these old walls and admire the numerous masterpieces of former craftsmen. You can spend a whole day here, without going anywhere else. And don't miss the great river panorama!

    The bastion was built a century ago, in the place where there used to be a fish market, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Magyars' arrival in Europe from the East. Its 7 towers symbolize the 7 tribes.

    A rather interesting thing is that this bastion has never been used for defense purposes.

    The main picture (the only 1 taken in 2003) is showing my niece Ivana next to the model of the bastion.

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    Fisherman's Bastion

    by klj&a Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Right next to the St Matthius Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion has awesome views of the city, especially the Danube River, Parliament and the Pest side. Built on the old defensive walls of Buda, the site is relatively new(early 20th century).

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