Fisherman’s Bastion – Budapest

High atop Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city of Budapest in Hungary sits the Fisherman’s Bastion. A viewing platform completed in 1902 with seven towers (one for each Magyar tribe that first settled here in 896) that offers great views of the Danube river and the city below.

Fisherman's Bastion Budapest Hungary
Fisherman’s Bastion
FIshermans Bastion upon Castle Hill Budapest
Fisherman’s Bastion upon Castle Hill

The bastions name is derived from the fisherman who were responsible for defending this stretch of the Danube river in the middle ages. The walls of the bastion were mostly destroyed during the fighting of World War Two but between 1947-1948 by János Schulek the son of the man who originally designed it, architect Frigyes Schulek (1841-1919).

The towers of the Fisherman's Bastion represent the 7 tribes of the Magyar that first settled in present day Budapest
The towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion represent the 7 tribes of the Magyar that first settled in present day Budapest
Fishermans Bastion Budapest Hungary statues
The fishermen stand guard
Fishermans Bastion Budapest
Heroes of the past

The large statue near the bastion is of Stephen I of Hungary (circa 975-1038). He was the first King of Hungary and reigned from the year 1000 to 1038. He is also known as Saint Stephen.

Stephen I of Hungary  Fishermans Bastion Budapest Hungary
Stephen I of Hungary
St. Stephen Stephen the first Hungary Fishermans Bastion Budapest
St. Stephen

Budapest is a beautiful city. One I had the privilege of working in during the late 1990’s and one I also was lucky enough to revisit in 2005. A lot had changed in that time but the beauty of the city always remains.

Looking across the Danube River towards the Hungarian Parliament
Looking across the Danube River towards the Hungarian Parliament
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