The Buda Castle District is one of the most popular locations to visit in Budapest and the Fisherman’s Bastion is definitely one of its most unique features. Built in the late 1800’s, the Fisherman’s Bastion has some interesting architecture that is both in the neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles. It is basically a wall with towers along the edge of Castle Hill that surrounds Matthias Church and has wonderful views of the Pest side of Budapest, the Danube River, and the Parliament Building. Because so the Castle District is so popular, you will likely find the area to be very crowded, especially due to the river cruise ships that stop in Budapest and give their passengers a day to tour the city.
There are seven towers in the Fisherman’s Bastion that represent the tribes that settled in the Carpathian basin after migrating from Asia. Today, the towers present opportunities to see panoramic views of the city. The Fisherman’s Guild was responsible for protecting the Buda Castle walls, which is likely the reason that the wall and towers were named the Fisherman’s Bastion. There is also a statue of Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, on horseback in the courtyard behind Matthias Church.
If for nothing other than the amazing views, it is certainly worth walking along the walls of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Each of the different towers offer slightly different views and the architecture of the Fisherman’s Bastion is certainly interesting even without the amazing views. Located on the Buda side of the Danube, there are definitely plenty of wonderful sights to see throughout the Castle District.