This was our second time in Budapest, and instead of driving to Hungary from Switzerland we flew over this time. We arrived on a sunny afternoon, and we were very eager to embrace our week-long tourist identities right away.
One of the first places we visited was the Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya). I think it’s the best place to get a panoramic view over the entire city.
That stunning architectural wonder you can see at a distance in the picture above is the parliament building. It’s even more impressive inside.
I’ll post about it soon. Read about it here.
The Fisherman’s Bastion is built like fortified defence wall with seven towers representing tribal leaders. This place used to be where the town’s fish and grocery markets were held in the Middle Ages. The Bastion was built years later between 1895-1902.
This major staircase will lead you down to the river eventually, but there are a good network of busses running until quite late into the night.
There are also stairs at each ends of the wall. You can walk along the top and also go into the towers, but you have to pay a fee during the day. The barriers remain closed after peak hours but not locked, so you can just push through and get free access up there during the evening. Woot!
Just behind the Fisherman’s Bastion is the Matthias Church a.k.a. The Church of Our Lady. Can you believe that this was once turned into a mosque during the Turkish occupation in Hungary? For those interested, its history is well worth a read!
We hovered around here until we could catch the sunset.
The weather was closing in on the other side but we didn’t care because Budapest welcomed us with a great big rainbow as if to say, “it’s ok, stay“.