The Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya) in the Castle District

The Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya) in the Castle District

The Fisherman’s Bastion (Halászbástya) is a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style terrace and rampart situated in Buda, on the Castle hill, by the Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom). It has a fairytale look, with many turrets, projections, parapets, and climbing stairways. From the towers and the terrace there is a beautiful, panoramic view of the Danube, Margaret Island, the Hungarian Parliament and Gellért Hill.

It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 by Frigyes Schulek. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the restoration project after its near destruction during World War II and the subsequent siege of Budapest. The design is similar to the neighbouring  Church of Our Lady (Nagyboldogasszony Templom), which was built at the beginning of the 14th century and is more commonly called Matthias Church (Mátyás Templom) after King Matthias who held both his wedding ceremonies here.

Part of the view from Fisherman's Bastion

Part of the view from Fisherman's Bastion

The seven towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls, and the old fish market also sat at this location during, medieval times.

A bronze statue of Stephen I (Szent István) of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen by the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl and designed by Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes from Stephen’s life.

Fisherman's Bastion as seen from Pest

Fisherman's Bastion as seen from Pest

You can get there with Metro line 2 to the Moszkva tér stop and then walk up the hill (10-15 minutes) or get the bus 16A or 116 up from there. The bus 16 also gets you there from Deák Ferenc square (Deák Ferenc tér).

Let me know if you have any reports or questions about the Fisherman’s Bastion and the views from it in the comments below.

Destination guide Dan.

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