A Celebration of History
Despite its name, Fisherman’s Bastion was not a part of any original fortification on Buda Hill. Instead, it was built as a representation of city walls and defenses to commemorate 1,000 years of Hungarian rule. The intention is to provide a pleasant public space with commanding views of the city. The seven towers each represent one of the original Magyar tribes that founded the city of Buda. The layout incorporates the towers and viewing balconies and the nearby historic Matthias Church and serves as a dramatic entrance to Buda HIll and the lovely Castle Hill district beyond.
In addition to statues honoring the original tribes, a dramatic statue of St. Stephen I, the first king of Hungary, dominates the main terrace. Off the balconies and turrets, the Danube flows below and visitors can enjoy breath-taking views of the Chain Bridge, Margaret Island to the north and Gellert Hill to the south. Across the river, it is easy to pick out major landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Basilica, Parliament, and the concert hall.