Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest is one of the top Budapest attractions without a doubt. The present day lovely lookout towers / decorative fortification of Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest, Hungary. Needless to say, there used to be real castle walls where now you can take fantastic photos from, but the present day structure has never served as an actual fortification in Buda.
Quick Facts about the Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest
- Built from 1895 to 1902
- Looks like the logo of Walt Disney films, only nicer and older
- Open all year round, day and night
- Entrance fee: free balconies combined with fee paying top turrets
- 7 turrets to represent the 7 Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country in 895
- Cafe on the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest
- Chapel inside the Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest (open from March 2013)
- Protected by the guild of the fishermen during the Middle Ages, hence the name
The views from the Fisherman’s Bastion well deserve their own special tower atop the Buda Castle Hill, as not only the Buda Castle but also the river views plus the Danube riverfront sights are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
This unique feature makes the Fisherman’s Bastion one of the most visited places in Budapest. The towers of the Bastion are also part of the Buda Castle tours. To appreciate the full range of river sights along the river Danube, many tourists take a Danube river cruise in Budapest.