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Fisherman's Bastion

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Fisherman's Bastion.

Fisherman's Bastion features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Budapest City Guide3-day Budapest City Guide5-day Budapest City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Fairytale like viewing terrace
  • Stunning view over the city and the Danube
  • Part of a World Heritage Site

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Bus Line 16: Szentháromság tér stop

Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér

Things you need to know:

  • Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya) is a fairytale like viewing terrace on the Castle Hill
  • It offers stunning views of Budapest especially of the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament
  • The bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style
  • The seven towers represent the seven Hungarian leaders and their tribes that conqured the Carpathian Basin and settled down here in 896
  • The Bastion got its name after the fishermen's guild that was responsible for defending this part of the city walls in the Middle Ages
  • The bronze statue in front of the bastion shows St. Stephen I, Hungary's first king, on horse back. The base of the statue illustrates important episodes of the king's life

What to do there:

  • 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

Tips & Insights:

  • The lower deck and some parts of the upper one are accessible free of charge
  • The entrance tickets that give access to the rest of the upper deck have to be purchased from the ticket office opposite the visitor entrance of Mathias church

Fisherman's Bastion features in these preplanned City Guides: