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Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

The view from the balconies of the Bastion is incomparable during the winter months

Best time: December–February

Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion
Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion
Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion
Winter Wonderland at the Fisherman's Bastion

The Fisherman's Bastion which wasn't planned as a fortification structure was built in the end of the 19th century on the Castle Hill of Budapest in place of the walls. It has many windows, terraces, and benches and its main purpose was to be an observation deck. Today it serves its original purpose and attracts visitors probably even more than other Budapest's sights.

One of the best things about the Bastion is that you get to see some great sights on the Pest side of the city. The Parliament, the brides, the Gresham Palace and many others are spread before your eyes.

When you're tired of the sightseeing you can take a rest and have a lunch or a dinner at the Fisherman's Bastion Restaurant which is located behind the Matthias Church on the right side of the structure.

The Bastion is open year round and most of its towers are open to visitors either for free or for a small fee. It's especially beautiful in winter when the city is either covered in snow or a light haze. On Christmas Day, it's normally deserted which can be a good thing because you'll have all the best points to yourself.

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What is the ideal period to go sightseeing at the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest?

To relish the best view, the best time to visit the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest is between December and February, when the Bastion enhances more beauty while the city would be snow-covered, or covered by a soft haze. Christmas Day could be an ideal occasion for sightseeing as it would less crowded. Show more

What is the location of the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest?

The site of the Fisherman's Bastion is on the Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary, at Budapest, Szentháromság tér, 1014 Hungary. The Bastion gives the bird's eye view of several iconic Budapest structures over the Pest side, such as the famous Parliament, the Bridges, and Gresham Palace would be visible while the visit. Show more

What is the story behind Fisherman's Bastion construction?

Fisherman's Bastion was raised as an observing deck structure in place of the walls in the late 19th century. Contrary to the earlier walls, this construction was not meant for fortification. The facility has many terraces, benches, and windows designed specifically to allure travelers wishing to indulge in the beautiful sightseeing of the city. One can also find the Matthias Church behind the building to the right side. Show more

Are all Fisherman's Bastion towers open for all or is there an entry fee for visitors?

Most towers can be accessed for free or for a small price at the Fisherman's Bastion. But, the visitors should check the entry fee at various cafes and restaurants situated within the structure. For further information, one can visit the official Fisherman's Bastion website. The seafront arena is open throughout the year and can be approached through multiple modes of transportation. Show more

What are the top sights in and around Budapest's Fisherman's Bastion for tourists to explore?

The Castle Hill vicinity around the Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, accommodates many popular places worth visiting, e.g., Matthias Church, Buda Castle, Danube Promenade, Hungarian National Gallery, and others. These popular locations offer an outstanding opportunity to indulge in experiences spanning across Budapest's rich history and culture, making them a must-visit location for tourists. Show more

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