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Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest: Entrance fee and view

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Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the top places to see in Budapest after Buda castle. Fisherman’s bastion towers offer a spectacular Budapest city view. Below is the more information about Fisherman’s bastion timings, entrance fee and how to reach fisherman’s bastion.

Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest Entrance fee:

There is no admission fee for walking around the ramparts and cloisters. But if you want to get to the towers of the bastion for the better view of the Budapest city and river Danube, the charges are:

Adults: HUF 700 (approx. 2.3 Euro)
Students and children below 14: HUF 350 (approx. 1.4 Euro)
Children under 6: Free Entry
Pensioners (from EU member states): HUF 350

Also read: A Visit to the Royal Palace, Buda Castle, Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion opening timings:

  • From March 16 to April 30: From 9 AM to 7 PM
  • From May 1 to October 15: From 9 AM to 8 PM

Above is the official timings for getting the ticket to the upper towers. Outside these hours visiting the upper towers is free of charge. You just need to turn the steel gate leading up to the towers at the entrance. No one minds.

How to reach Fisherman’s Bastion:

  • From Buda Castle, Fisherman’s bastion is just a walk of around 5 to 10 minutes. Just keep on following the towers and you will reach.
  • If you get down at Széll Kálmán tér metro station, red line, then take bus 16 or 16A.
  • If you want to take a fun ride, take the funicular railway to go up the Castle hill and walk from there to the fisherman’s bastion. Funicular railway starts from Clark Adam square near the Chain bridge on pest side.

Fisherman’s bastion is one of the most favorite places to visit in Budapest after Buda castle. Fisherman’s bastion is situated beside river Danube on the Buda bank of the Budapest town across the river on Buda castle hill. From the terrace of the fisherman’s bastion, one gets the spectacular view of the Budapest city, river Danube, Gellert hill and  Margaret island.

Also read: Traveling Budapest to Szentendre by boat

There are seven towers in the Fisherman’s Bastion. These individual towers represent seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Basin over there. It was named as fisherman’s bastion because a guild of fishermen defended the wall of the city in middle ages.

At night, special flood lights are thrown at the towers of the fisherman’s bastion which makes it look more beautiful and magnificent. And also, the towers make a great place to enjoy the sunset over the town of Budapest. Listed under the Unesco World Heritage sites, it is one of the most beautiful places to see and wonder in Budapest.

Also read: Know where to dine Budapest for Buda castle night view

Here are some of the pictures from the Fisherman’s Bastions from our last visit to Budapest in June 2013:

Matthias Church in the compund of Fisherman's bastion

Matthias Church in the compund of Fisherman’s bastion

One the way to Fisherman's bastion from Buda castle

One the way to Fisherman’s bastion from Buda castle

Ramparts of fisherman's bastions

Ramparts of fisherman’s bastions

Street view from the fisherman's bastions

Street view from the fisherman’s bastions

The Fisherman's bastion from Pest side across danube river

The Fisherman’s bastion from Pest side across danube river

View of river Danube from Fisherman's bastion

View of river Danube from Fisherman’s bastion

Towers, Fisherman's bastions

Towers, Fisherman’s bastions

Traveling Budapest to Szentendre by boat

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From Budapest, Szentendre can be reached by either train, Bus, ferry/ boat or by bicycle. Tour to Szentendre from Budapest by boat is very scenic.

How to reach from Budapest to Szentendre by boat?

Budapest to Szentendre by boat:

Best time to travel from Budapest to Szentendre by boat: May to September

May to September is the best time to travel to Szentendre by boat from Budapest. During this season, the frequency of the boats is high. Weather will also be clearer. You can also see far in the Budapest town from the boat during the boat ride.
For the rest of the year, the frequency of the boat to Szentendre gets limited leaving only on weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday.

Budapest-Szentendre boat line:

Boats to Szentendre leave Budapest from different boat points. These points are:

  • Budapest, Vigadó tér and,
  • Budapest, Batthyány tér

Budapest, Vigadó tér would mostly be the first point from where the boat starts and then stops at Budapest, Batthyány tér boat station. It takes around 10 minutes for a boat to reach Budapest, Batthyány tér from Budapest, Vigadó tér.
Vigadó tér is on the Pest side of the Budapest city. It is connected by the yellow tram line. Just search on Google for this place and you will see it.
Batthyány tér is located on the Buda side of Budapest city. That means when a boat leaves Vigadó tér, it crosses the river Danube to reach this place. Most of the times, Batthyány tér would be the last pickup point for the boats to Szentendre.

Budapest-Szentendre boat timings:

Once you reach at the either of the boat points to Szentendre, you will see many tourist boats standing over there. usually at the roadside, ferry people keep on selling tickets to Szentendre. You can ask them about the timings and pricing. usually, boats are not crowded.

Boats to Szentendre leave from 9 AM until 2 PM. It takes around one and a half hour to reach Szentendre from Budapest by boat. The boat is parked at Szentendre downtown ferry point or port and tourists get down to see the beautiful town.

Tourists are given fixed amount of time to have lunch, do shopping and explore the town. Then tourists are supposed to return to the same boat and return to Budapest. However, if you want you can also stay back. You just need to inform your boat guy. More about the timetable by Mahart boats from Budapest to Szentendre.

Budapest-Szentendre boat price:

From Budapest to Szentendre by boat costs around 2000 HUF one way and 2500 HUF both ways. There are also different kinds of discounts of children under 2 years, children up to 14 years, retired persons and students. Also, 20 percent of the discount can be availed if using the Hungry card.
Also, there are different charges on bicycles and pets won’t be allowed on the boat.

You can also do evening cruise with dinner and live music of the Budapest city. These cruises around the Budapest city starts around 7 PM and ends on 10 PM.

Also read: Where to dine in Budapest to see the night view of the Buda Castle?

Places on the way from Budapest to Szentendre by boat:

Below are the pictures of the places covered from Budapest to Szentendre by boat:

Budapest, Vigadó tér

Budapest, Vigadó tér

Chain bridge, Buda castle and Gilbert hill from the boat to Szentendre

Chain bridge, Buda castle and Gilbert hill from the boat to Szentendre

Hungranian parliament, Budapest

Hungarian parliament, Budapest

Lower deck of the boat to Szentendre

Lower deck of the boat to Szentendre

A speed boat in river Danube

A speed boat in river Danube

A house beside river Danube on the way to Szentendre by boat from Budapest

A house beside river Danube on the way to Szentendre by boat from Budapest

 

Koot birds sunbathing beside river Danunbe

Koot birds sunbathing beside river Danube

Budapest as seen from river Danube on the way to Szentendre by boat

Budapest as seen from river Danube on the way to Szentendre by boat

A river island in river Danube

A river island in river Danube

Szentendre as seen from boat

Szentendre as seen from boat

Enjoying soup in Szentendre

Enjoying soup in Szentendre

A Visit to the Royal Palace, Buda Castle, Budapest

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After Visiting Vienna, Budapest was next on our tour list. We had taken a bus from Vienna to Budapest. Since the exchange rate in Hungry is lower when compared to the other European countries, we found Budapest much cheaper than other cities and we decided to spend more time there. A visit to the Royal Palace inside Buda castle was first on our to do list. I am personally always fascinated by the history, architecture, palace, castle etc and as a Non-European, its even more fascinating for me.

Reaching Royal Palace, Buda Castle:

Buda Castle is situated on a small hillock. There are many attractions inside the palace, but all are not free. There are many ways to reach the Royal palace at Buda castle. We enquired around and found that one can either walk up the hill or take bus no.16 from across the chain bridge on Buda side or use the tourist funicular (kind of an elevator train). That was the first time when we came to know that Budapest is actually a combination of Buda and Pest which are two different cities divided by river Danube. So the Buda castle was on the Buda side of Budapest across the chain bridge.

Buda Castle Budapest Tourist funicular

Buda Castle Budapest Tourist funicular

The Bus ride from Chain bridge was through the narrow streets of Budapest. It just took around 5-10 minutes for a bus to drop us at the Buda castle main gate. Once you get down at the main gate of the Buda castle, you are greeted by a lot of stone sculptures and magnificent architecture of the palace.

Entrance to the Royal Palace, Buda Castle:

Royal palace at the Buda castle welcomes you with a grandeur of the statutes of the king from the medieval era doing hunting. You also see the big pillars and a large entrance of the door which is very beautiful. You can also see the green dome of the royal palace from outside as you enter.

Buda castle before entering

Buda Castle before entering

Lion’s Courtyard, Buda Castle:

Lion’s courtyard got its name from the four stone lions that guard its gate. You can see in the picture below a stone lion sitting near the entrance and guarding it. Lion’s courtyard comes just after you enter the castle. Lion’s courtyard is in the center of the building complex. These buildings complex have the Hungarian National Museum, the Budapest Museum of History and the National Széchenyi Library.

Lion's courtyard Buda castle

Lion’s courtyard Buda castle

National Gallery:

Royal palace building complex is now turned into national museum and library. But you will have to pay the entrance fee to visit the national gallery. National gallery and museum consists show mostly the Hungarian culture and how Budapest evolved over the time.

Buda Castle national gallery

Buda Castle national gallery

Savoyai Terrace, Buda castle:

Savoyai terrace is one of the most beautiful parts of the Buda Castle. The Savoyai Terrace boasts the best views of the city along the river Danube. Standing at the Savoyai terrace square one can see most of the famous monuments of Budapest like Hungranin parliament, the Gellért Hill, Chain bridge, the Monument of Liberty etc. The Terrace is in front of the Hungarian National Museum.

Buda Castle Savoyai terrace

Buda Castle Savoyai terrace

Danube river view from the Savoyai terrace, Buda castle

Danube river view from the Savoyai terrace, Buda castle

Medieval wall of the buda castle in the picture

Medieval wall of the Buda Castle in the picture

Also read: Where to have dinner in Budapest to get the perfect night view of the Buda castle

I took us around five to six hours to visit the whole palace and its premises. You can also spend an entire day visiting the royal palace and other parts of the Buda castle.  Finally before coming down, we took a stop at the restaurant near the Savoyai terrace. We decided to walk down to the chain bridge from the Buda castle. Steps take you down to the main road in front of the Chain bridge.

Buda castle steps

Buda castle steps in the BG

Dining Experience in Budapest under Buda castle night view

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It was a cold evening. I and Shayan after a day long walk around Budapest city felt tired. We were looking for a place to relax and spend some peaceful time while enjoying the beautiful evening in Budapest. Halo lights at Buda castle were turned on. The greenish water of the Danube river reflected the sunset sky in its flowing water. We had crossed the river from Buda side to Pest side of the city. For those who do not know, Budapest is a combination of two cities: Buda and Pest. Buda side of the city is situated to the west of the city and Pest to the East.

We had walked down from the Buda castle and crossed the iconic Chain bridge across the Danube river to the pest side. The evening was spreading her dark shawl over the city. We took a right turn after crossing the chain bridge and crossed a station called ‘Eötvös tér’. It’s a small railway station where tram shows up. We walked little further towards the North and there were a series of restaurants. The name of that street is ‘Belgrad Rakpart’. On this street, After the intercontinental hotel, there is a series of restaurants offering the view of the Buda castle across the Danube river. If you want to know the exact location of the area, here is on the google map:


Restaurants in Budapest Offering nice View of Buda Castle

The Ambience at the restaurant was very peaceful. They lit candles and dim lights all around the restaurants. Ships will be standing at the ferry point in the Danube river. However, they do not obstruct the view of the Buda Castle. Some street musicians will keep on playing very nice music to ears. We had ordered pizza for ourselves.

Yes! the food they serve is very nice. You can also book your dining on the ship tour. However, that will be little costlier I guess. So we stuck to eating there. Every restaurant has a menu card displayed at the street. So we didn’t find it difficult to choose the price according to our budget. However, the exchange rate at Budapest is much lower than Euros so it was not much difficult for us to have a nice luxury dining.

Here are some of the pictures of the Buda Castle in the night taken from the restaurants across the river:

Buda castle at night

Chain bridge, Budapest at nightChain bridge, Budapest at night

Dining in Budapest

Chain bridge at night in Budapest