From Fishermen’s Bastion you will have a splendid view over the Danube, the Parliament and Pest. And it was actually as a viewing platform it was built in 1905. Fishermen’s Bastion was built in a neo-Gothic style and looks like a small castle. Fishermen’s Bastion has got its name because in the Middle Ages it were the fishermen who were responsible to defend this part of the wall.
I had read in the guidebook there was going to be an entrance fee during daytime, but that was not the case when I visited.
The Fishermen's Bastion was designed by Frigyes Schulek and was built in 1905. The "building" is made up of seven towers - each one symbolising the seven Magyar tribes that came to Hungary in 896.
The towers are a bit fairytale like, but still, they somehow fit together with the Mathias Church behind them.
The area directly behind the church housed a fish market during medieval times - the name of the Bastion comes from here. During the 18th century, the Guild of Fisherman are also said to have been defending this part of the Castle wall.
The Bastion offers great view of the Parliament and of the northern Pest side of the city.
I would recommend you to go from the Dunubeside part (bus No. 16 stops right under the Bastion as well, or you can just have a nice walk up through the old Buda streets) an catch the view getting better with each step! :)
After defeating the Hungarians in the 1848/1849 War of Independence, the Government of Vienna had all the bastions on Castle Hill torn down . The Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill was actually built in 1905 in memory of the fishermen who helped defend Budapest during the war. It was built on the site of the old fish market and hasn't seen battle itself! It became a UNESCO world heritage site in the 80's.
It looks as old as it is, but it is still a great piece of architecture and provides many a traveller with stunnung views across the Danube!
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.
Built in 1905 on the medieval castle walls, the neo-Romanesque ramparts were so named after the city's fishermen whose duty it was to defend this side of the hill during the Middle Ages, but the existing bastion never actually served a defensive purpose. It is solely ornamental with gleaming white cloisters and stairways connecting seven turrets symbolic of the Magyar tribes that conquered the Carpathian Basin in the 9th century. Set back from the ramparts is an equestrian statue of King Stephen, a memorial to the founder of the Hungarian nation. The view from Fisherman's Bastion, over the Danube, the Chain Bridge and the Parliament Buildings with Pest stretching out into the distance, is outstanding
The oh so medieval looking Fishermen's Bastion on the castle hill in Buda is only slightly more than 100 years old. It was built 1899-1905 by Frigyes Schulek to replace the ruinous castle wall. The style is neo-Romanesque which fits perfectly for a romantic decoration, finishing the grounds of St. Matthew church in the east.
The arcades on the ground floor are free and offer fantastic views of the Danube and the city - the galleries upstairs cost an admission fee - a rip-off - and offer basically the same views. The huge staircase leads down to Vizivaros district - probably a nice walk and not to exhausting.
'Halaszbastya' or the 'fishermens bastion'
has little or no historical value.
I told you about 'Frigyes Schulek' , the architect
that had reinvented the Matthis chuch in 1896.
He did such a fine job , and the people of Budapest
were so enthousiast , he got another assignment.
He could rebuild the parth of the castle
where the fishers guild defended the
castle hill in the middle ages.
Now you know where the name comes from.
But it is not a reconstruction , it is a fantasy of the
One thing is for sure , from here you got
a million dollar view over the city!
These bastions on Castle Hill were erected between 1895 and 1902. In the Middle Ages, the fish market was here, and this part of the wall was defended by the fisherman, hence the name
White limestone was used for construction of the five circular turrets, which are connected by arcaded passages.
We were delighted our first evening to sit at a cafe' set up with the best views and listen to the roving minstrels, over a drink! STUNNING views and ambience!
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.
Fisherman’s bastion is the large white tower and terrace complex on the side of Castle Hill beneath the Matyas Church. It was built around 1900. The Bastion is named after the medieval fishmarket and the Fishermen who defended during the war. It is said that different trades were responsible for defending different parts of the castle wall. This area was defended by the Fisherman’s guild.
There is a small charge to climb on the bastion. Again the views from here are breathtaking. The area surrounding the Bastion is quite expensive.
You will certainly come across the Fishermen's Bastion during your walk around the Buda castle hill. Built from 1890-1905, this series of look-out towers and terraces is named for the Guild of Fisherman who defended this section of the wall in the Middle Ages. In front of the Fisherman's Bastion stands a statue of King St. Stephen, founder of the Hungarian state who brought Christianity to the region in the year 1000.
You will get some great views and photo opportunities from the terraces on the Bastion, although during the tourist season you will have to pay for the privilege of walking up there!
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.
The Fisherman's Bastion is out of a fairytale resembling nothing so much as the palace at Orlando Disneyland. It's mixed Romanesque and Gothic characteristics reflect the time of its construction between 1895 and 1902 on plans by Frigyes Schulek who planned the renovation of the adjacent Matthias church with an eye toward synergy between the two. It features white passageways and galleries, flowing staircases, and elaborate turrets creating a remarkable and unforgettable image. Named after the fisherman's guild delegated to defend this part of the Castle Hill during medieval times, it is purely decorative - a flight of fancy. Of note, there are seven turrets recalling the seven Magyar tribes which conquered the area in the 9th Century presaging today's Hungary.
Really, the view isn't any better here than other places along the crest of Castle Hill, but to take it in within the castlemates of the Bastion you have to pay, albeit a small fee. The view is dramatic: across the Danube is the Parliment and Pest extends far out onto the Pannonian Plain to the east. The Bastion is a short walk off the main square of Castle Hill - Szentharomsag Ter (Trinity Square). The name comes from an earlier Fisherman's Town and market that used to be below the walls.
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.