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Fisherman's Bastion
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Owner description: Built during the 19th century for the Hungarian Millennium celebrations, this mock bastion features pointed towers and turrets, reminiscent of the fairytale castles in Disney World.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Fairytale - for free!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Without knowing anything about a bastion, I was able to appreciate the beautiful architecture, and stunning views this place has. There are a few restaurant/bars throughout the bastion which you can stop at if you like, but otherwise everyone is free to wander around and enjoy this magnificent place. It was a stunner day when we were up there, musicians were playing, the views were unrivalled, and the atmosphere very relaxed. Whilst you're up Castle Hill, there's plenty to do. Look out for the men doing falconry - one of them has a massive bird, and only asks 1800 HUF to have a go (well worth the photos opportunities).

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Excellent - really enjoyed the view and wonderful history attached to the area. Serenaded by voilins what else could you want and the sun shone.

Visited March 2014
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“Fisherman's Bastion - Very attractive terrace and fairy-tale towers on Castle Hill”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Fisherman's Bastion is a decorative terrace and fortification which attractively sits upon Castle Hill, just past St. Matthias Church. The structure was built by Hungarian architect, Frigyes Schulek, between 1895 and 1902.

Here you can see a beautiful series of neo-gothic and neo-Romaneque style lookout towers, which have a fairy-tale like quality about them. You almost expect this to be something from a Disney movie or story when you first see it.

The terraces are in very good condition and make a nice place to visit, rest and to take beautiful panoramic photographs of the Danube River and the city below. There are walkways from below that lead up the Fisherman's Bastion. We much preferred approaching this attraction instead of from behind. This gives you a nice perspective of the attraction.

Interestingly, the name, Fisherman's Bastion, seems to derive from the guild of fishermen that were believed to have been responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls during Medieval times.

At this location you can also see the bronze equestrian statue of St. Stephen, the Holy Trinity Column before or after visiting the lovely St. Matthias Church.

Overall, we very much enjoyed Fisherman's Bastion and found it one of the more memorable individual attractions in Budapest. It is perfectly situated upon Castle Hill next to an equally impressive St. Matthias Church. Both are very much worthy of visiting while in the city.

Visited March 2014
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Maplewood, New Jersey
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“Beautiful View”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

We took a tour from Vienna to Budapest and spent a day here. The tour was not very expensive considering the fact that we were driven here, escorted around and driven back. The views of the Pest side of the city from here is truly amazing. We took many photographs and I can still see that image in my head vividly. The Matthias Church was packed with tourist and we did not have the time to get inside so we took pictures from outside. I would loved to have spent more time here and maybe next time I will.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Castle District”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Although relatively new to the Castle District it fits in perfectly with all the other parts of the Castle, Palaces and historic buildings. The views from the Battlements across Budapest and the Blue Danube on a clear day are breath taking. You could spend a whole day exploring the area up on the hill and visiting the various museums, exhibitions and market. Make sure you get the car lift up the hill, I missed it until I got all the way to the bottom!. Although a relatively poor country, it is very rich in Heritage and well worth the trip.

Visited February 2014
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