The Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest, Hungary
The Fisherman’s Bastion, or Halászbástya, is a terrace overlooking the Danube in Budapest. Built in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style at the turn of the century, to me, it resembles a giant sandcastle. For those not afraid of heights, a climb to the top offers a panoramic view of Budapest, including the House of Parliament, Margaret Island, Gellert Hill, and the Chain Bridge. Its name comes from the fisherman’s guild that was in charge of defending this section of the city walls in the Middle Ages and includes a statue of the infamous Stephen I. Beware though, during tourist season, they will try to make you pay. To get the view for free, slip up through the café in the far left-hand quarter!
Other Faux Castles in Europe
- Sham Castle in Bath, England
- Vajahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary
- Kruzenstein Castle near Vienna, Austria
- Albigny-sur-Soane near Lyon, France
- Gravensteen Castle in Ghent, Belgium