Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest: The ONE Thing That You Have To See To Achieve Your Hungary Travel Goals

Monday, February 22, 2016 0 Comments

Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

Ever heard of the word, “Kairosclerosis“?

It’s one of the few words for emotions you’ve probably felt, but couldn’t explain. It’s a noun, which describes the moment you realize that you’re currently happy – consciously trying to savor the feeling – which prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart, and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it’s little more than an aftertaste.

Through this post of the eternally stunning Fisherman’s Bastion, I’m giving you an aftertaste of what that kairosclerosis moment that only this place can give you. A visit to Budapest, or even a visit to Hungary, would not be gratifying without getting a chance to see the surreal 360 view at the Fisherman’s Bastion.

It’s a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style, situated on the Castle Hill, around Matthias Church. It’s overlooking the Buda bank of the Danube, and the Hungarian Parliamant Building. It’s THE old school fairy tale kind of wow; some even claim that it looks exactly like the logo of Walt Disney films, only nicer and older.

It takes at least half a day to explore the complete surface of this viewing spot. It has 7 turrets, representing the 7 Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country in 895. The bastion was built as a viewing terrace with lookout towers on the base of a stretch of the castle walls. It is also in fact a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nowadays, it provides a dramatic entrance to the Castle Hill where travellers can enjoy everything. It also now has a cafe on the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion and a chapel somewhere inside the grounds. Surprisingly, it also has The Hilton Hotel. The place is like one giant castle-square full of things to do, views to see, foods to try out, and of course, souvenirs to take away.

Fisherman’s Bastion, or Halaszbastya in Hungarian (halasz meaning fisherman), gives a good skyline and city view of Budapest, leaving more than an aftertaste impression. Best visited early morning when there’s less crowd, and during pre-late evenings, when the rest of the city below is beautifully lit in evening yellow. A truly remarkable sight that can only be found on this side of Europe!

Fisherman’s Bastion, you are my Kairosclerosis.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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