Fisherman’s Bastion: A fairytale bastion

History of Fisherman’s Bastion

Looking at the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) in Budapest you feel like you are in a fairytale. It was built between 1895 and 1902 at the site of an old rampart, which was defended by the guild of fishermen during the Middle Ages. The construction represents a viewing terrace with many stairs and paths and it is made from white stone in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. Its seven towers symbolize the seven Magyar tribes that settled in 896 in the area now known as Hungary.

A bronze statue of Stephen I (the first king of Hungary) is situated next to the Fisherman’s Bastion. It was erected in 1906. The panoramic view of the city from here is truly fascinating.

Tips for visiting Fisherman’s Bastion

Many of its balconies are free to enter, but for the upper towers there is an entrance fee.

Useful information
Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 5
Access: Metro station Batthyány tér – line M2
Opening hours:
Most of the building is always open (more info).
Admission: 700 HUF for the  upper towers (more info)
Web site: http://www.fishermansbastion.com/

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towers

Fisherman’s Bastion

balcony

Fisherman’s Bastion

Statue of Stephen I
Statue of Stephen I
Statue of Stephen I
Statue of Stephen I
View from Fishermans Bastion
View of the Hungarian Parliament Building from the Bastion
View from Fishermans Bastion
View from the Bastion

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