Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya)

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Budapest, Szentháromság tér

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Castles/Palaces, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Located in the historic district of Castle Hill, Fisherman's Bastion is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairy tale. Designed and built in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek – the same architect who built the adjacent Matthias Church – Fisherman's Bastion is named after the medieval guild of fishermen who protected Budapest from invasion.

Visitors say Fisherman's Bastion's gleaming white structure provides panoramic views of the city: From here, you can snap some breathtaking pictures of the Danube River, Margaret Island and Pest. Also save time for exploring the sight's seven ornate turrets, which symbolize the tents of the seven Magyar leaders who settled the Carpathian Basin, ultimately leading to the existence of modern-day Hungary. 

It will cost you 800 forints (about $3) to explore the attraction's upper-level lookout terraces and turrets, but the lower levels are free and their vistas are equally beautiful. Children 5 and younger can explore all areas for free. Meanwhile, travelers with Budapest Cards receive a 10 percent discount. Fisherman's Bastion is open 24 hours a day everyday, except for the upper terraces, which are open from 9 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the time of year. No facilities are available on-site, but a few eateries and public transportation stops sit nearby. The No. 16 bus, which makes a stop less than a block away, is the most convenient way to get to property, but you can also take the Buda Castle Funicular. For more information on Fisherman's Bastion, check out its website.

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#2 Danube River

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Recent visitors highly recommend checking out the Danube River on foot or by boat. If you decide to go for a stroll, consider doing so at the Danube Promenade, which offers picturesque views and the must-see Shoes on the Danube Bank Holocaust memorial, according to past travelers. Many also suggest signing up for an evening sightseeing cruise through local operators like Legenda Sightseeing Boats and Portum Lines.

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