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Fisherman's Bastion

Known as the Halászbástya, this stunning fin-de-siècle terrace is dedicated to the guild of fishermen who defended the city walls in the middle ages.

TravelCurious Tip

There is a fee to reach the lookout from the top level of the bastion, but the lower levels are free and the view is just as beautiful

Fisherman’s Bastion is located just behind Matthias Church in the Castle District of Buda. A very, very long stairway, adorned with reliefs of coats-of-arms, links the bastion to the streets below — scale it if you dare. Built in a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles, with a twist of fantasy, the turrets and parapets look like something from a fairytale. In fact, the whole bastion looks rather like the Disney logo.


The bastion was built as a viewing platform in 1905 by Frigyes Schulek, the same architect who helped restore Matthias Church to its former splendour after centuries of decay, and it offers one of the best views in Budapest — a city that is not lacking in magnificent panoramas. Perhaps only the views from Gellért Hill and Buda Castle can challenge it.


From the bastion there is a spectacular view of the Danube river and Pest on the other side. You can clearly see some of Budapest’s iconic landmarks, such as St Stephen’s Basilica and the Parliament, the two tallest buildings in Budapest, as well as the famous Chain Bridge. By night the buildings on the riverbank are floodlit, and the effect is tremendously dramatic.


The great and the small

The bastion’s seven dazzling milk-white turrets represent the seven chieftains of the Magyar tribes who brought their people into the Carpathian Basin in the 9th century and founded Hungary, but the monument owes its name to rather more modest men: the medieval guild of fishermen who were responsible for defending this stretch of wall during the Middle Ages.

Nearby Attractions

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Hungarian Parliament Building
On the bank of the Danube, this impressive building displays an eclectic mixture of architectural styles and is home to the Crown of St Stephen.
Budapest Castle Hill
A focal point of the city's history, Castle Hill hosts the most iconic monuments of Budapest.
Matthias Church
The site of several historic coronations and weddings, Matthias Church has also seen its fair share of architectural controversy.
Buda Castle
The historical residence of Hungarian royalty, this impressive palace complex has seen a series of transformations since the mid-13th century.
Chain Bridge
The Chain Bridge, also know as Széchenyi Bridge connects East and West Budapest through the River Danube
Castle Hill Funicular Station
The Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló in Budapest inaugurated in 1870 connects Adam Clark Square, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Buda Castle

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Private Walking Tour of the Buda Castle District with Tickets Included
On your private walking tour, your expert local guide will take you to some of the important historical and cultural sites of the Buda. As it was once the capital of Hungary, the Buda area of the town contains monuments that define the city’s legacy. On your tour, you will:

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city.
  • Visit the stunning Matthias Church (with tickets included).
  • Enjoy a short stop at the Fisherman's Bastion (with tickets included), offering stunning panoramic views.
  • Explore the gardens of Buda Castle and learn about the Hungarian monarchy.
  • Proceed to Gellért Hill, which again offers admirable views of the city. 
  • End your tour at Gellért thermal baths (with tickets included), and snap photos of the intricate architecture. 
  • Be sure to bring your swimsuit, so you can swim at the thermal baths.
  • Please note: You must provide proof of vaccination in order to visit the thermal baths. 

Budapest is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to an incredible array of World Heritage Sites and stunning architecture that draws millions of tourists each year. The Danube river splits the Buda side of the city from the Pest which, having both been independent cities originally, were unified to become Budapest in 1873.  The multitude of hot springs has made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau

Your private guide will begin your tour on Castle Hill, which stands more than 100 m above the Danube and offers outstanding panoramas of the city. Here you will find the stunning Matthias Church, dating back five centuries. The Fisherman’s Bastion is also worth your attention, a terrace with stunning views dedicated to the fisherman that defended the city walls in the Middle Ages. Buda Castle is the historical residence of the Kings and Queens of Hungary, an imposing building that has undergone a series of transformations since the mid-13th century, and on this tour, you will explore the gardens with your guide.

As you wander to Gellért Hill, enjoy yet another stunning vantage point to admire the city in all its glory. The hill was named after Saint Gerald, who was thrown to his death here. Build with impressive Art Nouveau architecture dating back to the 20th century, the Gellért thermal baths are the quintessential place to spend the rest of your day. Your guide will depart with you here, so you can visit the bathhouse and enjoy the Gellért spa at your leisure. 

Full-Day Private Tour of Budapest, with tickets included
On this six-hour tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of Budapest. On your private tour, you will:

  • Commence your tour on Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramas of the city.
  • Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church with tickets included
  • Revel in the quietude of Buda and its characterful, storied streets.
  • Enjoy the buzz of Pest, a vibrant cultural hub on the eastern banks of the Danube.
  • Discover the significance of the monument at the heart of Heroes' Square. 
  • Find out what drove Buda and Pest to unify as one large capital city.
  • Discover Budapest’s stunning array of architectural styles, from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau.
  • Admire the scale and finery of the Hungarian Parliament Building. 
  • Visit two of Europe’s most important synagogues at Dohány Street Synagogue and Rumbach Street Synagogue
  • Admire the elegance of St Stephen's Basilica, a neoclassical cathedral (tickets included).
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Immerse yourself in the unique character of Budapest with its beautiful buildings, fairytale towers, storied streets, Hungarian culture, quirky communist-era sites and gritty spirit. Stroll some of the streets to access treasures best viewed on foot, and journey via luxury transport to the city’s far-flung corners. Your expert local guide will provide a narrative to your exploration of Budapest’s most compelling historical and cultural sites. Visit Castle Hill, an elevated focal point of Budapest’s history that is home to some of the city’s most iconic medieval monuments such as the fairytale towers at the Fisherman’s Bastion and handsome Matthias Church with its royal connections. 

The St Stephen’s Basilica, an elegant neoclassical cathedral named after the first king of Hungary, is the most sacred of all Catholic churches in the country and took 54 years to construct, finally opening in 1905. Similarly impressive is the Great Synagogue, one of the largest places of worship of the Jewish faith in the world. Your tour ends at Széchenyi Spa, an Art Nouveau bathing complex of grand decor filled with hot bubbling pools, outside baths and whirlpools. The largest spa bath in Europe, the Széchenyi Spa boasts iconic status in Hungary and is used by people of all ages, including families, for bathing rituals in its spring-fed curative bathhouse. You are free to enjoy the spa at your leisure at the end of the tour (price not included). 

Please note: if you wish to visit the spa, you must provide proof of vaccination. 
Private Budapest City Stroll with a Guide
Explore the highlights of the beautiful Hungarian capital of Budapest, including the entrance to St Stephen’s Basilica and enjoy a drink on us at a local tavern. On your private, guided tour of Budapest you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide.
  • Admire the scale and finery of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Kossuth Lajos Square. 
  • Find out what caused Buda and Pest to unify as one large capital city.
  • Learn of the importance of the Danube River to Budapest since ancient times.
  • Enjoy the tranquillity of the quaint and characterful historic streets of Buda as you learn the stories of famous Hungarians who lived here and shaped the destiny of the city.
  • Experience the buzz of Pest, a vibrant cultural hub on the eastern banks of the Danube.
  • Walk around Castle Hill, which offers phenomenal panoramic views over the city. 
  • Explore St Stephen's Basilica, a stunningly elegant neoclassical cathedral. 
  • End your tour at the local pub with drinks on us!
Considered one of Europe’s most strikingly beautiful cities, Budapest contains an incredible array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an amalgamation of two independent settlements of Buda and Pest that were joined in 1873.

Learn about Hungary’s complex political history outside the magnificent Neo-Gothic Parliament building, admire the elegance of St Stephen’s Basilica with a private guided tour of the interior, and enjoy the relaxed and famously friendly atmosphere of Trinity Square's lovely 13th Century Matthias Church. 

Budapest is split by a wide sweep of the mighty River the Danube, Europe’s second-longest river (the Volga is the longest) that stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. The city is rich in geothermal water resources with thousands of subterranean pools spouting mineral-rich waters dating back over 2,000 years. Using 20-million litres of water, Budapest’s grand, mosaic-clad bath-houses are open to the public, earning it the title of ‘World's Spa Capital’! From the Ottoman Empire of the 16th Century through to the tragedies of World War 2 and the thriving modern city it is today, your guide will show you the major monuments, the hidden gems, and tell you the many stories that have shaped the city over many centuries. 

Also experience the buzz of Pest, the vibrant cultural hub on the eastern banks of the Danube. You’ll also walk around Castle Hill with its sweeping vista overlooking the city – the money shot! Your tour ends at a local pub with drinks on us!
Buda Castle District Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour or Buda Castle District, we will take you to the main sites of the Buda Castle, a historic castle and palace complex where you'll enjoy a breathtaking panorama view of the Danube with the Chain Bridge and the Pest side of the city on the opposite side of the river. On your virtual your, you will:

  • Start at the Fisherman’s Bastion, taking in the amazing views of Pest. Even though doesn’t allow for much fishing, the name honours the medieval guild of the fishermen, which historically protected this stretch of the district. 
  • See Matthias Church, which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 
  • Visit the statue of the Holy Trinity, before walking down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.
  • Your tour ends here at the Buda Castle complex in the ancient Castle District, where the Alexander Palace has served as the official residence and workspace of the President of Hungary since 2003.
Budapest is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, home to an incredible array of World Heritage Sites and stunning architecture that draws millions of tourists each year. The Danube river splits the Buda side of the city from the Pest which, having both been independent cities originally, were unified to become Budapest in 1873.  

The multitude of hot springs has made the city famous for its public baths which come in a variety of architectural styles from the Turkish era to Art Nouveau. Discover the Buda Castle District on this Private Live Virtual Tour from the comfort of your home and share this cultural experience with your friends, family, or co-workers. 
Buda Castle District Night Virtual Tour
Did you know that Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube and its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest, hence the name Budapest? Discover the enchanting Buda Castle District on this Private Night Virtual Tour and experience a breathtaking panorama view of the River Danube from the Chain Bridge. On this Live Virtual Tour, you will:

  • Visit the main sites of a lovely illuminated Buda Castle in Budapest, a historic castle and palace complex.
  • See the Fisherman’s Bastion, which honours the guild of medieval fishermen, who historically protected the district. 
  • Enjoy where you get a breathtaking panoramic view of the River Danube while crossing the enchanting Chain Bridge.
  • See Pest, on the opposite side of the river under the moonlight. 
  • Walk by Matthias Church which is famous for its Gothic elegance, colourful roof tiles, and the Art Nouveau frescoes and mosaics within. 
  • Wander down the medieval streets of the castle’s residential area to reach the Alexander Palace.

Your tour ends here at the Buda Castle complex in the ancient Castle District, where the Alexander Palace has served as the official residence and workspace of the President of Hungary since 2003.
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