Fisherman's Bastion © Julie Lyn
Built in 1905 on the medieval castle walls, the neo-Romanesque ramparts were so named after the city's fishermen whose duty it was to defend this side of the hill during the Middle Ages. But the existing bastion never actually served a defensive purpose. It is solely ornamental, with gleaming white cloisters and stairways connecting seven turrets symbolic of the Magyar tribes that conquered the Carpathian Basin in the 9th century. The turrets and are reminiscent of a Disney fortress and give the area a fairytale atmosphere. Set back from the ramparts is an equestrian statue of King Stephen, a memorial to the founder of the Hungarian nation.
The view from Fisherman's Bastion, over the Danube, the Chain Bridge and the Parliament Buildings with Pest stretching out into the distance, is outstanding. Floodlit at night, the bastion itself is also a mesmerising sight from across the river. In fact, seeing as entry is free it is definitely worth visiting the Fisherman's Bastion twice, once at night and once during the day. There are two restaurants on the battlements where you can relax with stunning views over the river and eat some good food and the many paths are lovely for strolling along and admiring the city.
Address: District I, Szentháromság tér