It is one of the most beautiful places in Budapest on my opinion. If you are hesitating, don`t! Fisherman`s Bastion is definitely worth a visit and the view it offers is truly amazing! It is not historical, but it has quite old St. Matthias Church nearby.
The Fisherman`s Bastion is a scenic viewing terrace with neo-medieval architecture, built between 1895 and 1902 above the Buda embankment. From here, visitors have the best possible view on the Danube, Parliament, the Margaret Island, and the Pest quarters of the city. It is named after the guild of fishermen, who were conscripted for the defense of this stretch of the city walls in medieval times.
To enter the bastion, you need to buy a ticket. (A combined ticket of Matthias Church and the Fishermen`s Bastion can be bought at the kiosk opposite the church).
As part of our Cruise activities, we had a 1h10 min stop on the Buda side of Budapest at Fisherman’s Bastion and St Mathias Church near Buda Castle. (going inside churches was normally never included – they were for us to decide or not to see inside, providing we had enough free time to consider it, which in this case we didn't really). From our high vantage point as we approached Fisherman’s Bastion by bus, we also looked partially down on the Hungarian Parliament .
It was in Budapest that we first heard part of the story of the life of Sissi, Elisabeth of Austria (1837 –1898) the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, which made her Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.
I highly recommend the views from here.
The term "bastion" made me first believe that I would see a military fortification. There is nothing like that "the Fisherman's Bastion - Halászbástya " looks like a fairytale castle. This may explain its success among tourists.
Now if you fear to see here on the Buda hill something like the Castle of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland set your mind at rest this neo -Gothic construction is not ugly, the Fisherman's Bastion is even romantic.
It was built around 1900 along with the renovation of the adjacent Mathias church on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. After it's near destruction during World War II it was restored.
The Bastion consists of six white stone towers with stairways and corridors with multiple openings overlooking the Danube and its bridges, the Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica and all of Pest.
On the right there is a restaurant with terraces open from 10 am
I think this is the first monument that any tourist arriving on Buda hill visits.
Obviously the Fishermen's Bastion is visited for the views but it is better to look towards the Danube and Pest as the back is overlooked by the modern facade of the Hilton, a punch in the eye!
I was at the Bastion and about to proceed down one of the ceremonial wide stairs to make my way down hill to the Danube River. There are actually a pair of stairs which provide an impressive entrance to the Castle Hill attractions and the Fisherman's Bastion.
What I didn't expect to find, were historical statues in the alcoves of the arched entrance way. There is a Statue of John Hunyadi, of St George Piercing the Dragon (the replica of the 15th century statue in Prague), and the 10th century soldiers guarding the gate (at the top of the stairs, under the arch). There are three on each side.
These statues were in bad repair but have now been restored to their former glory and are worth seeing.
The Fisherman's Bastion was built as a viewing terrace with lookout towers on the base of the castle walls from the 17-18th century. Rather than building sturdy thick stone walls, the intention was to build a communal panorama terrace, where the locals could come and enjoy! It was meant to be like a fairy tale, feel like history rather than be history - It sure is!
The Fisherman’s Bastion is where I came for wonderful views over Budapest. Buda Castle has great views too, only over a different part of Budapest, so I suggest going to the terraces there, and to the ones here at the Bastion.
Nearly all the balconies and cloisters are FREE OF CHARGE, the only Admission fee is to one of the Towers - if you wish to go higher! I didn't do this as I felt there was no need. If you wish, put your money in the turnstiles [approx. 2 euro] and you will be able to climb the tower.
Wonderful views are had of the river Danube with its promenade, the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament, the Castle Hill, the Gresham Palace, etc.
At night, there is a special flood light around the Fisherman’s Bastion making the sight even more dramatic.
OPEN ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT
A Bastion that looks like a fairy-tale Castle, certainly different to other Bastions I have seen.
It turns out, the castle-like Fisherman's Bastion was built in 1905, mainly for decorative purposes.
The Bastion was built on the site of an old rampart. In the Middle Ages, this rampart was defended by the guild of fishermen who lived nearby in "Water town" at the foot of the hill. It was also the location of an old fish market in medieval times, so the name "Fisherman's Bastion" was chosen.
The beautiful white-stone Bastion is built in a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture. It has seven towers, each one symbolizing one of the seven Magyar tribes, that in 896, settled in the area now known as Hungary. There is a Chapel inside the Fisherman’s Bastion and a monumental double stairway, decorated with reliefs of coats-of-arms and various motifs. This connects the bastion with the streets below.
People were enjoying a drink at the Café on the terrace, what a lovely spot with great views over Budapest.
Fisherman Bastion is absolutely beautiful little castle from a dream. I was very interesting to visit this popular place and it is beautiful then on photos for my opinion.
Thanks to the vision of Frigyes Schulek, the author this monument was build built between 1895 and 1902.
I love the Fishermans bastion. I like how it looks (for some reason it brings Gaudi to my mind, even if it´s not anything "grazy looking") and there is great view to see and to take photos from up there. And take photos of the bastion itself. It´s like a fairytail place. I have several photos of it from both of our trips. Maybe we will even visit again at our next trip at february. And it is free, so you can visit it without loosing any money.
But maybe you will loose some money to the cafes or other places close to it anyway. But still it is cheap. at least if you are a Finn!
It offers stunning views of Budapest especially of the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament admire the bastion from the small square that divides it from the Mathias church
Enjoy the picturesque views of Parliament and the Danube from the lower deck that is accessible free of charge if you fancy having a coffee while enjoying the incredible view we recommend visiting the small terrace café on the upper deck
Fisherman's Bastion is understandably one of the most popular sights in Budapest. It is the large terrace complex right below the Matyas Church on the Buda side of the Danube.
Supposedly it was built to honor the contributions of the Fisherman's Guild in defending the city. Another story I heard was that it was named because there had been a large fish market nearby. Others argue that the naming had little do with any of these. It was built in neo-romanesque/neo-Gothic style in 1895.
The views from Fisherman's Bastion are some of the finest views in the city. It is usually mobbed with tourists but its well worth a visit. Great pictures from here of the city and especially of the Parliament.
note- there is no disabled access.
The Fisherman’s Bastion(Halászbástya) is a castle like structure that was built in 1905 in neo-gothic and Romanesque style for decorated purposed by Frigyes Schulek, the architecture that reconstructed Matthyas church. There are many parapets, climbing stairways and numerous turrets that will give you lots of great pictures if you manage to avoid other tourists :)
There are seven different towers symbolizing the seven Magyar tribes but the most interesting thing here is the view over the city. The name seems weird in this Disney like structure but this was where the fish market was taking place during medieval times.
There’s an entrance fee to climb up the stairs (free later in the evening)