If you look for the best views of Budapest and Danube River, then, on mandatory, visit The Fishermen’s Bastion. It was built during the period between 1895th and 1902nd year by Frigyes Schulek right on the Royal hill of Buda, which is located at the West Shore of Danube River. The Fishermen’s Bastion is formed of galleries, a big panoramic terrace and seven towers, which symbolize the seven Magyar tribes that are actually the founders of the Hungarian country and settled on these lands back in 895th year.
The building mixes neo-gothic with neo-Roman styles. It’s a curious fact the bastion was destroyed during the Second World War, but when it ended, the building was renovated by Janos Schulek, the main architect’s son. The legends about the name of Fishermen’s Bastion are quite a lot. One of them is related with the nearby fishermen’s neighborhood and the local market. The other legends tell stories about brave fishermen who turn into eager protectors for the bastion.
What should I know before a visit of Fishermen’s Bastion?
- It’s always opened with no exceptions for holidays or working time.
- The entrance is free, excluding the fee for the upper towers, but to enter them you will be charged with minimum symbolic amounts of money.
- You can visit Fishermen’s Bastion even during Christmas time or at the New Year’s Night, when the view of the city is definitely quite impressive.
- The prices for the tickets are in Hungarian forints, which is the official Hungarian national currency. What we try to tell you is that no payments in EUR are accepted.
- Currently, the tickets for individual visits of Fishermen’s Bastion are sold only at the entrance of the place. If you are a group of more than 20 people, you can book tickets or reserve a guide tour service.
- It’s allowed to bring your dog, but only if it is a small one, as well as if carrying a leash or muzzle. The guide dogs are welcomed.
- There are no free parking spaces nearby. You can, though, leave your car next to Hilton Hotel or to use the hotel underground parking spaces.
There are such only for the upper towers of Fishermen’s Bastion. However, there are periods, when you can visit the towers for free:
- Round the whole winter season
- On 20th of August, which is the Hungarian national holiday
- At night
There are discounts for:
- Kids under 14 years old
- Pensioners from EU
- Budapest Card owners
- Kids up to 6 years old enter Fishermen’s Bastion for free
If you want to visit Fishermen’s Bastion with a guide in order to learn more about its background history, you should take the advantages of any of the available guide tours that are arranged by Buda Castle:
- Budget guide tour of Buda Castle – includes a visit of the castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church (from the outside only). The tour is in English language. The duration is 2 hours.
- Castle Buda, funicular and cruise – includes a ticket for funicular, 2-hour pedestrian walk around Buda Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church (from the outside), as well as 1-hour cruise on Danube River + audio guide and a drink on board. English service for the guide tour is available.
- Bus tour of Buda Hill – includes a visit of Buda Castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church (from the outside online), the Citadel and the Liberty Statue on Gelert Hill. This tour lasts about 2 hours.
- Private tour of the castle – 2-5-hour walk around and inside the castle, a visit of Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the historical squares in Budapest. There’s treating included in this tour – a cup of coffee and a dessert.
- Tours for groups
The down terraces and the towers are easy to be accessed by people with disabilities and visitors in wheelchairs, but the upper towers are not.
Budapest – the city
Szechenyi Chain Bridge
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Saint Matthias Church
Gellert Thermal Bath
Central Market Hall