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New York, New York
March 30, 2011
From journal Old World Charm with a Modern Outlook
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
March 17, 2006
From journal The Buda in Budapest
August 3, 2005
A Disney-like tower dominates this stone wall with seven turrets representing the Magyar tribes who once populated the country. A majestic statue of Saint Stephen marks the entrance near Matyas Church.
This is a lively area both day and night since the area surrounding Bastion boasts gypsy music, a restaurant, wine cellar, and bar and disco. It's a very popular place with the tourists and locals alike, and it enjoys the notoriety of serving as the site of many marriage proposals and weddings. We witnessed three different wedding parties in only 2 hours!
The neo-Romanesque structure has only ever had a decorative role and was created specifically as a tourist attraction. It is a popular place to look out over Pest - and what a view! The glorious views of parliament and Pest beyond are simply breathtaking. Standing on the parapet of this structure, you get a magnificent view of the Danube River and the streets and buildings of Pest beyond. From this vantage point, you can see the magnitude of the parliament as well.
The view alone is definitely worth the trek uphill.
From journal A Magyar Experience
May 1, 2002
It's called the Fishermen's Bastion as the area was used as a marketplace by the local fishers in medieval times. While in the area check out the nearby Ruszwurm patisserie.
From journal Hungary: Return to Budapest
Sea Girt, New Jersey
January 8, 2002
The architecture is fantastic to look at; however, the view of the city from the Bastion is even more spectacular. There is a fee of 240 ft to enter the balconies of the Bastion - it's worth it. While you can see the views without ascending the stairs to the upper balconies, the vantage points are even better from the Bastion's terraces. Plus, the architecture warrants a closer look - you can't gain the full perspective of the Bastion's beauty without going up on the balconies. You also get a great view of Matyas Templom's lovely tiled roof and detailed stained glass windows from the balconies.
We were lucky enough to visit in late October 2001, when crowds were almost non-existent. We really enjoyed visiting the Bastion at "off" hours - particularly at dusk and late evening when no one was around and the city below was glowing. We had the terraces and balconies all to ourselves - not to mention the views! We stopped by Fisherman’s' Bastion several times during our stay in Budapest to enjoy the views and the architecture at different times of day.
In warmer months, there is a cafe that serves light refreshments within the Bastion.
From journal Romantic Budapest