The Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in the neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. Today it is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.
Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. From the towers and the terrace stretches a panoramic view of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill.
It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, following the designs by Frigyes Schulek, in the neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating King Stephen’s life.
Between 1947 and 1948, Schulek’s son, János, conducted a restoration project after the Fisherman’s Bastion’s near destruction during World War II.
The Fisherman’s Bastion was featured as a Pit Stop on the sixth season of “The Amazing Race”. It is also a popular filming location, for instance it played Nottingham Castle in the 2006 BBC series “Robin Hood”.