Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion

Budapest

Stephen I Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion, Halászbástya, was built between 1895-1902 to celebrate the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian state and the first king of Hungary Stephen I. So it was never a real fortress but rather a viewing terrace.

The area was formerly defended by fishermen, thus the name Fisherman's Bastion.

This article covers not just the bastion, but the whole district around it, the Castle Hill. Buda Castle excluded. Buda Castle is located within a few hundred meters of Fisherman's Bastion, so it's recommendable to visit both attractions at once.

The whole castle district would be my first choice for a place to stay, if it wasn't so far from the city centre. Although it's easy to take the bus, so it's always on option. The neighourhood is full of old architecture, nice restaurants, and the view is fantastic. Not just from the bastion to the river, Pest and Margaret Island, but from the other side as well to the hills of Buda. As a downside, the area is of course very busy.

The last picture in the gallery is a map of the area. Fisherman's Bastion is found south of the big red dot. Pictures 1-7 were taken before and after the sunrise, that's why it's so peaceful there.

National Archives of Hungary
National Archives of Hungary

In the Castle district you can also find

  • Matthias Church, the church seen in many pictures in the gallery above. Located right behind Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Tower of Mary Magdalene (remains of the Church of Mary Magdalene), Kapisztrán tér 6
  • National Archives of Hungary, Becsi kapu ter 2–4 (450m northwest of Fisherman's Bastion)
  • Underground "Dracula" Labyrinth, Úri utca 9.

Museums

  • Museum of Military History, Kapisztrán tér 2-4 (in the northwest corner of the hill, follow the street Tóth Árpád stny and you will find it)
  • Pharmacy Museum, Tárnok utca 18 (almost behind Matthias Church)
  • House of Houdini, Museum of Magic and a performance venue, Dísz tér 11 (250m south of Matthias Church)
  • Museum of Music History, 7 Tancsics Mihaly Street (250m north of Matthias Church)
  • Museum of Telephones, Úri utca 49

How to get there

There are several ways to get to Fisherman's Bastion.

  • Bus lines 16 (from the centre of Pest, Deák Ferenc tér to Buda side), 16a (only from Buda side), 116 (only from Buda side) and 916 (night bus, both sides) take you right behind the bastion, to the bus stop Szentháromság tér. Routes: bkk.hu (choose the light blue bus icon in the middle).
  • Funicular from Clark Ádám tér (Adam Clarke Square, just after the Chain Bridge) takes you up between the Buda Castle and the Presidential Palace, you can see the funicular in this image. There are long lines to get there in the summertime and it costs about 4 euros for adults for one way. 6 euros for return. From the funicular there's a few hundred meter walk to the bastion.
  • There are minitrains and such operating from Clark Ádám tér to the Buda Castle area, but they aren't very cheap either. 
  • Walk from the previously mentioned Clark Ádám tér. Just follow the street Hunyadi János útca and you will get there. It's uphill the whole way and about 500-600 meters long. There are stairs (Jezsuita lépcső) at the crossroads of Hunyadi János and Csónak/Donáti utca to provide a shortcut. 

Metro + walk:

  • From the Batthyány tér metro station (red line 2) . There's no one road to follow, but look at the map where to head and start walking to that direction. Even though it's not visible from far, it's not easy to miss. There are several different steps along the way. The whole way is uphill.
  • From the Széll Kálmán tér metro station (red line 2). Follow the street Ostrom utca and you will get a place where there's a large old brown building (National Archives of Hungary) and a gate next it. Go through that gate and follow the street Táncsics Mihály utca, and it will take you to the bastion. The whole way is less than one kilometer, the whole way is uphill.

Other Budapest categories:

Budapest Danube
Budapest

Liberty Bridge Budapest
Bridges of Budapest

Buda Castle
Buda Castle

Szechenyi Baths
City Park

Gellert Hill
Gellért Hill

Margaret Island Water Tower
Margaret Island