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Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 16,000+ reviews on the web
The seven fairy tale-like towers of Fisherman's Bastion offer views of the Danube and Pest side of the city. Built in the late 19th century and restored after World War II, this Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque structure takes its name from the medieval fisherman who defended these city walls. On the Buda side of the city, walk up or take a funicular to the top of Castle Hill to get to the bastion, near the 14th-century Matthias Church. Step inside one of the seven towers for spectacular views across the Danube River. Before you head to Budapest, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Budapest tour planner, to make sure you see all that Budapest has to offer, including Fisherman's Bastion.
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  • We went there after reading a lot of recommendations that you must visit it when you're in Buda. There are a LOT of tourists which confirms the fact that the place is amazing. The view to the Pest sid...  read more »
  • The Fishing Bastion is something to see. Almost like the castle in Disneyland or Disney World. The square by it is beautiful. The view across the Danube River onto Budapest is spectacular. You can see...  read more »
  • Romantic place especially in the night. Grete view over the Pest part of the city. Inside of the restaurant is also beautifule but the food was not good enough,,, 
  • What a beautiful landmark! Pictures that you see on the internet really don't do this justice. Its a great place to take photos of the beautiful Budapest Skyline. When we went it looked like the biggest lines were in the mornings so you might want to try it mid day or later. They charge to go all the way to the top of fisherman's bastion but I would skip that fee. The view is equally good from the bottom and you still get the full effect. Also don't pay for the really expensive funicular ride up the hill unless you really really want to. Theres a metro stop on the backside of Buda, walk through the park, pass the hospital bunker and there's a free elevator to the top! It's a nice little scenic walk anyways.
  • Pretty cool location. If you're into photography you can get some great shots from up there. The bastion itself is pretty cool as well. If you're interested in history then check out the small 3D cinema attraction in the basement of the bastion. They show a 15min video about the history of Hungary that's quite interesting and it costs only like 1000 Forint.
  • Views are amazing. You don't really have to buy the tickets to take in the views. The bastion is already at an altitude so an extra floor that the tickets give you access to won't make a lot of difference. This place can get very crowded.
  • This place is great in itself but, also, it offers some spectacular views of Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament and the Danube. It features an arched balcony facing the Danube (great spot to take pictures of the Parliament as well as group pictures in the arcs!). Nearby, there is Matthias Church (which I couldn't enter because it was too late). The exterior of this church is amazing, specially its white color as well as its colored tiles that resemble those of Beaune in France. The Bastion itself also offers a cafe/restaurant in a tower. Unfortunately, in order to have the greatest views one should go through the said restaurant which might make people a bit uncomfortable. This is also true for the balcony surrounding the tower where one should walk around tables with guests (hence the reason why I gave 4 stars). Otherwise, this is a must in any visit to Budapest. For those who like taking pictures, I'd try to organize the visit in order to be there before dusk: the Parliament building is lit at that time and it offers a classical post-card image of the city.
  • Cool location with a great view of the city. Don't pay to go up the most upper deck. Keep walking until you're on the left side ( with your back to the church). There's a small bar and terrace there which will be open for everyone. Just sneak in there for the best view of the parlement building ;)
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