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Delightful Activities Around Fisherman's Bastion
The Fisherman's Bastion was built around 1895 - 1902 and it boasts a terrace with 7 lookout towers to serve as an elevated viewing platform. The 7 turrets itself represents the Hetmagyar, the 7 Magyar tribes that formed a confederation and settled in the Carpathian Basin around the 8-9th century, who are considered as the ancestors of the modern-day Hungarian people. The bastion itself was said to be under the protection of the fishermen's guild during the Middle Ages, hence the name. Although it was initially built as a bulwark to withstand an enemy invasion, it was never used as an actual fortification.
The lovely towers of Fisherman's Bastion are the perfect viewing terrace to look upon the majestic beauty of Budapest city. You can see many famous landmarks such as the St. Stephen's Basilica, Gresham Palace, and the Parliament clearly from here, up to the glimpse of Szechenyi Chain Bridge in the distance. The nearby 19th century buildings of the Castle Hill and the enchanting Danube River also serve as great scenery to be photographed or just admired. Although the top of the tower is clearly a good place to get a nice perspective and look around, there are plenty of balconies and terraces in the Fisherman's Bastion that offered the same experience, so you can avoid getting crowded and climbing the steep stairs. All you have to do is just search around and you will definitely find your own good spot.
If you visit it at the right time, the cool weather of Budapest is the perfect companion to enjoy along with the beautiful landscape. One of the better options to enjoy it is undoubtedly while sipping a coffee or tea in a cafe that provides the right ambience and mood to complete the experience. The Fisherman's Bastion offers several spots for you to do just that, from the historical confectionery Cafe Ruszwurm to casual modern cafe. Some say that watching the sunset from these cafes is truly an unforgettable experience during their trip in Budapest.
Another interesting thing to do is walk around the alleyway and promenade around the Fisherman's Bastion. The medieval-styled walls and buildings will certainly add an immersive experience that is not easily found in modern times. The Bastion offers plenty of cloisters, parapets, and ramparts for visitors to explore and play around. A romantic walk with your loved ones beneath the Neo-gothic architecture will surely be an alluring moment to boost the intimacy between you and your partner. Alternatively, a walk under the starry night sky will offer the same, if not better, romantic sensation as you will be accompanied with the bright city lights.
The Fisherman's Bastion is located in an area filled with 19th century baroque houses, monuments, churches and other landmarks. This area is known as the Castle Hill region and you can find a lot of interesting tourist spots here. The most prominent attraction around is Buda Castle, an old palatial complex that currently houses the Hungarian National Library and Budapest History Museum. National Szechenyi Library, the largest history library in Budapest, and Matthias Church, the most popular place to get married in Budapest, are located in the Castle Hill as well.
The most prominent landmark in the Fisherman's Bastion is the statue of King Stephen I, the first king of Hungary and a popular saint of the Hungarian people. The beautifully decorated sculpture depicts the king himself mounting a horse, adorned with reliefs made in a Neo-Romanesque style that illustrate his life journey from the beginning to end.
How to Get Tickets?
The Fisherman's Bastion is free for public. However, there is a small entry free if you want to enter the lookout tower to get a higher panoramic view. Since the ramparts and terraces below offers the same quality of scenery, albeit at a lower perspective, most tourists prefer to stay at the lower areas.
How To Get Around?
The areas around Fisherman's Bastion are accessible by foot. Most of the area is wheelchair accessible and there is a Segway-based guided tour to get you around. However, be warned as some of the streets were made from cobblestones and there are plenty of stairs, those who have a walking impairment will find it hard to access certain areas.
What Should I Wear?
There are no strict rules regarding what apparels you should wear when you visited the Fisherman's Bastion. However, you should still dress accordingly to the season and wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking involved during your visit there.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to avoid the crowd, the best time to visit Fisherman's Bastion is early in the morning. However, to obtain a better panorama, it is advised to visit in the night or during the sunset if you want to catch the view. As for the season, summer naturally has the best weather, but will attract lots of tourists as well. Therefore, it is advised to visit Fisherman's Bastion during the months of May, June, or September to avoid getting too crowded.
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Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need a guide for visiting Fisherman's Bastion. However, it is often included in other tours, such as the Buda Castle tour or Danube River Tour.
How To Get There?
The best way to get to Fisherman's Bastion is using the cable can service, Funicular, which links the Adam Clark square near the Szechenyi Chain Bridge to the Castle Hill area above. You can catch beautiful scenery along the journey that way. You can also get there using bus number 16 from the Deak Ferenc square, or bus number 16 and 116 from Szell Kalman square. Alternatively, you can stop at Szell Kalman metro station and then walk for about 15 - 20 minutes to the Castle Hill district.
Be advised that sometimes it will only starts to get dark after 08:30 PM in Budapest. Hence, if you want to obtain the night sky panorama, you should visit pretty late at night during those times.