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. Hence, it was never a real fortress but rather a viewing terrace.The area was formerly defended by fishermen, thus the name Fisherman's Bastion.
The area surrounding Fisherman's Bastion is called Castle Hill. Buda Castle is located within a few hundred meters, so it's recommended to visit both attractions at once.
In spite of being far from the center, the whole castle district is a good option for accommodation, since there are good bus connections to the area. In addition, the neighborhood is packed with old architecture and has fantastic views to the river, Margaret Island, the Pest side of the city as well as the hills of Buda. On the downside, the area is very busy near Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church.
The last picture in the gallery is a map of the area. The Bastion is found south of the big red dot. The picture covers an area of only about a kilometer, so it's a small district and everything is comfortably visited by foot.
The Castle district also contains:
- Matthias Church, the church seen in many pictures in the gallery above. It's situated right behind Fisherman's Bastion.
- Tower of Mary Magdalene (the remains of the Church of Mary Magdalene), Kapisztrán tér 6
- National Archives of Hungary, Becsi kapu ter 2–4 (450 m northwest of Fisherman's Bastion)
- Underground "Dracula" Labyrinth, Úri utca 9.
- Buda Castle
- Museum of Military History, Kapisztrán tér 2-4 (in the northwestern corner of the hill; follow the street Tóth Árpád stny and you'll find it)
- Pharmacy Museum, Tárnok utca 18 (almost behind Matthias Church)
- House of Houdini, Museum of Magic and a performance venue, Dísz tér 11 (250 m south of Matthias Church)
- Museum of Music History, 7 Tancsics Mihaly Street (250 m north of Matthias Church)
- Museum of Telephones, Úri utca 49
How to get to Fisherman's Bastion
There are several ways to get to Fisherman's Bastion.
- The Bus lines 16 (from the center 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 to 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 near the Buda Castle and the Presidential Palace. More information in the Buda Castle article.
- Walk from the previously mentioned Clark Ádám tér. Just follow the street Hunyadi János útca and you’ll get there. It's uphill all the 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. If you miss those steps, you’ll still see the bastion soon on your left-hand side.
Metro & walk:
- From the Batthyány tér metro station (red line 2): From the metro station, walk across the square and via the left-hand side of the shopping center towards Fisherman's Bastion. There are buildings blocking the view to it, but just continue to the correct direction and you’ll get there even without a map. Make use of the numerous staircases along the way, as they offer a shorter route compared to walking along the roads.
- From the Széll Kálmán tér metro station (red line 2, the next stop after Batthyány tér): From the northeast corner of the square, follow the street Ostrom utca uphill, which will lead you towards Buda castle. At end of the road, there’s an arched vault just about 600 meters away from the Fisherman’s Bastion, also shown on Google maps here. Thereafter, it makes no difference as to which side you’ll pass the church, since both ways will get you to the Bastion.
From Batthyány tér, it's less than a kilometer away on foot, and from the Széll Kálmán tér, a bit more. Both routes are uphill.