Budapest Travel Guide

Fishermen Bastion

Fishermen’s Bastion


The Neo-Romanesque Fishermen’s Bastion, located behind the Mátyás Church, was erected between 1895 and 1902, on a site where previously the medieval castle walls had stood.

The structure, which is a prominent landmark in the city, was designed by Frigyes Schulek.


During the Middle-Ages the fish-market was located next to the church, and the Fishermen’s Guild was responsible for defending the adjacent section of the fortification – hence the name for the new structure.

However, at the time of its construction, the Fishermen’s Bastion no longer had a defensive function.

The structure terminates at each end in a bastion. In all, it has seven turrets – representing the seven leaders of the Hungarian Conquest.


The most distinctive is the richly decorated northern tower. Elaborately decorated flights of stairs lead up from the Viziváros district to the Bastion. From the turrets, terraces and walkways, a wonderful view can be enjoyed of the Danube, Pest and the Margaret Island.


Attraction: The Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya)

Country: Hungary

City: Budapest

Location: Buda, I. district

Transport:M2: Moszkva tér and várbusz

Address: Budapest, Szentháromság tér