Fisherman's Bastion Budapest - Halászbástya
Uninterrupted views across the Danube
Photos by Phil Watkins
Sitting like a string of pearls across the neck of Buda is the Halászbástya (or Fisherman's Bastion). A stunning connection of seven tent-like turrets that represent the seven founding fathers of Hungary it allows visitors uninterrupted views across the Danube and Pest and also an opportunity to explore the older history of Budapest.
The origins of this area (the bastion is more modern and decorative than the original) date back to the fishermen who defended the city during the Middle Ages from the threat of a Turk invasion.
One thing that Budapest has lots of is photo opportunities and you will not be disappointed with the views, architecture or general life in this area.
During the summer months you will find traditional musicians playing their ancient and worn instruments to the crowds, or you can sit and enjoy a drink whilst gazing across to the Parliament building on the Pest side of the river.
The area is best explored either early morning or late in the evening as the white facade of the bastion takes on a entirely different shape and form in the blood orange tones of the sun at these times; statues cast new shadows, the towers change shape and the steps spiral in and out of the hills in an entirely different way than the midday tourists will get to see. (By Phil Watkins)
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