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"Halászbástya" Fisherman's Bastion - Halaszbastya Tip by leffe3

One (if not the) of the most popular sites in Budapest is the Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion. Built overlooking the Danube on the Buda side of the river within the castle complex, it provides stunning views of the river and city.

With its seven towers, the Bastion was built to commemorate the 7 tribes who essentially, together, formed the Magyar empire more than 1000 years ago. It's a slightly bizarre monument in that it resembles, on a small scale, a fairytale castle, yet it gained its name from the fish market that was found on the site in medieval times and the Guild who traditionally defended this part of the castle walls.

It's not as old as many think - its a neo-Gothic structure built in 1905 as a viewing platform. It is found very close to Mátyás Templom, and in the plaza fronting the monument is the equestrian statue of St Stephen (977-1038).

Overlooking the Bastion is the controversial (and ugly) Hilton Hotel complex (built in and around a 14th century church and baroque college) . You get some great reflections from the glass facade of the Bastion.

Address: Castle District (Varhegy) in Buda
Directions: It can be reached by the Castle bus (Varbusz) from Moszkva ter.
Phone: +36 1 458 3030

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  • Written May 6, 2007
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