A fairy tale come to life

Imagine Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. That’s pretty much what Budapest's Fisherman’s Bastion looks like. It’s a fairy tale building: all turrets, parapets and climbing stairways, giving you breathtaking views over the city.

The history of Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is in a neighbourhood once known as Fisherman’s Town, where there was a fish market during medieval times. It’s said that The Guild of Fishermen once defended the city from this enchanting spot, hence the name. Designed by architect Frigyes Schulek in 1905, the beautiful white stone building was conceived as a lookout tower on Buda Castle Hill, where there was once a real-life fortification.

Fisherman’s Bastion, along with Buda Castle, the river views and the Danube riverfront are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don’t miss this beautiful area during your Budapest city tour with Big Bus.

Other interesting facts about Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

  • The 7 turrets represent the 7 Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country in 895
  • Between Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion stands a statue of the first Christian king of Hungary, St. Stephen
  • When Fisherman’s Bastion was built it destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church, which had to be pulled down