Enjoy magnificent views of the Danube River and the eastern half of Budapest from this fascinating neo-Gothic balcony at the top of Castle Hill.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a unique viewpoint that is as spectacular as the view it provides. The white turreted fortress stands atop Castle Hill and looks over the River Danube and the eastern half of Budapest. Bring your camera to this impressive vantage point to take photographs of the city lights at sunset.
The bastion consists of a large terrace that blends neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles. Stroll around the terrace to inspect its intricate features, such as the seven towers symbolizing the Magyar tribes of the 9th century.
See a monument to Stephen I of Hungary. The king-saint is mounted on a horse atop a contains depictions of the various stages of the king’s life.
Climb down the steps and follow the walking paths around this surreal site. Note how trees climb the sides of the terrace, which is built seamlessly into the mountain.
Enter St. Michael Chapel, a medieval underground chapel that was discovered during the site’s construction. Visit the adjoining 14th-century Gothic Matthias Church, which was one of the largest and most important structures in the medieval Hungarian Kingdom. Take in the exhibits in the Ecclesiastical Art Museum, showcasing the artistic side of Hungary’s religious past. The collection includes medieval stone carvings and sacred relics.
Hear about the history of this architectural triumph, which was built at the end of the 19th century by Frigyes Schulek. After being heavily damaged during World War II, the original architect’s son masterminded its reconstruction.
The balconies and many other parts of the building are open at all times while the remainder of Fisherman’s Bastion is open during daylight hours. Take shelter beneath the arcades on rainy days. There is a fee to access the top turrets in high season.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a short walk west from the River Danube in central Budapest. Walk north from Buda Castle for about half a mile (1 kilometer) to reach the terraced viewpoint. Arrive by metro at Batthhyány tér. Nearby attractions include Sandor Palace and Széchenyi Chain Bridge.