When Lauren and I decided to embark on our European adventure, I immediately said we had to visit Budapest. I’ve been low-key obsessed with the Hungarian city ever since George Ezra released his single “Budapest” and I’m not even embarrassed to admit it.
After lots of research using Pinterest, (check out my last blog post for more on this), we discovered the gorgeous Fisherman’s Bastion. We knew that we had to check it out, so on our first day we caught a tram from our hotel to the bus station, and then a bus that drops you straight outside the Bastion. The Fisherman’s Bastion is a beautiful castle-like building – it literally looks like something out of a fairy-tale – with awesome panoramic views. It’s situated on Castle Hill which is on the Buda side of the Danube river. If you choose to visit on foot, you can walk across the Chain Bridge and catch the Castle Hill Funicular to get to the top near the Bastion. There’s also the Hungarian National Gallery to check out if you’re in the area.It’s free to have a look around, however if you want to go up any of the turrets, you have to pay an entrance fee. I personally didn’t feel the need to because the views from the balcony area were stunning enough. Even though it was foggy on the day we visited, you could see up and down the river. Behind me to the left in the above photograph is the Budapest parliament building, another simply gorgeous architectural triumph in Budapest. If you do a Danube river tour, you get to see up close and it’s really pretty.I got inspired to visit the Fisherman’s Bastion from seeing it countless times on Pinterest, accompanied by stunning photos. It does look as pretty in real life as it does in the photos. Even though visibility wasn’t the best, the fog adds a sort of charm and mystery to the place, so don’t fret if you visit on a cloudy day.If you want to see a stunning panorama of Budapest and the Danube River, then this is a great location to visit on a budget. If you carry on down the road (with the Fisherman’s Bastion on your left), you can find lots of sweet little shops selling souvenirs, dried paprika and handmade items. Walk even further along and you’ll find the cutest little market, selling new and vintage products, including traditional Hungarian goods and souvenirs. It’s an all-rounder visit, as you can tick off a handful of attractions from your checklist in one go if you visit Castle Hill – definitely make it a priority during your Budapest visit.
Have visited Fisherman’s Bastion? What did you think? Or what was your highlight of Budapest?
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