Budapest

A faux historic landmark in the Castle District, the ornate confection of the Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) was conceived to offset nearby Matthias Church rebuilt by the same architect, Frigyes Schulek. Using the remaining sections of the fortress that ran along this panoramic edge of Castle Hill, Schulek created an elegant walkway topped with seven cone-topped towers, symbolising the Magyar chieftains who settled in this part of the Carpathian Basin in the late 800s. Some 140 metres long, the bastion, named after the fishermen’s guild who defended this section of the wall in the Middle Ages, provides outstanding views of the Danube and Pest cityscape.

Tip: The Fishermen’s Bastion is open and free to visit all day throughout autumn and winter. In spring and summer, tickets need to be purchased for certain times of the day.

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