The Best Travel Guide to Eger
Provided by: EKE Simkó Gergely
Section in Eger
Do & See
In Eger you are never far away from all the highlights. Another advantage of this small city is the diversity of distractions and entertainment. In practice, this means there are visitors with many interests of every age throughout the year. It is as common to see families leave the grandparents at one of the many cafes, while the younger ones go off to discover the town, as it is to see the youngsters being left at a cool bar while the parents go to admire the Baroque architecture. It’s fair to say that only those people who enjoy eating, drinking, history, sport, adventure events, architecture or art will enjoy spending time here. It’s not a mystery as to why the town’s population swells to twice its size during the high season.


Eger and its surrounding region has volcanic mineral-rich soil which particularly enables the production of outstanding wines. One such iconic wine is Bull’s Blood – a deep red cuvee, and its white twin, the light and elegant Egri Csillag (Star of Eger). Practically every restaurant in Eger stocks good wines, but if you’re really looking for exceptional bottles go directly to wine bars such as Fuzio, AES Wine & Spa and the nearly 200 wine cellars of Szépasszonyvölgy (Valley of Beautiful Women).
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Hiking & Biking

Eger and its surrounding mountains offer many trails for hiking and nature rambles, comfortable or challenging, to suit all abilities and moods. The city is an ideal place for cycling, and for those who are up for something more testing, the nearby forests offer excellent terrain. The area presents many exciting activities; horse riding, boating, birdwatching, visiting waterfalls, a trip on the little forest railway and fishing. For more information, see the “Active” section.
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Festivals and Fun

Eger is a sparkling place for entertainment. Spring starts with a wine and gastro festival ‘Egri Csillag Weekend’ –the last weekend of April, followed by the rock and underground ‘FestEger’ – the last weekend of May. The most remarkable event of the year is ‘The Bikaver Wine Celebration’, annually held on the 2nd weekend of July, where premium wines and excellent dishes are served. Historical plays in the castle and family events take place throughout the whole summer to delight and engage kids and parents alike.
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Turkish Wellness – The Hammam

There was a Turkish pasha, Pasha Arnaut, who had a beautiful spa with golden cupola built in our town, so that Muslims could have a place to bath and socialise in pleasant surroundings. This wonderful spa is still here, after several renovations, and is still welcoming guests with six pools, and high-quality wellness and healthcare-services. For a special treat we recommend you choose the authentic Hammam massage, you’ll feel like a teenager, we promise… especially if you are under twenty years old. ;)
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Eger Castle and Museum

The castle is one of the key icons of Eger. The heroic defence in 1552 made the castle famous when the small number of defenders led by captain István Dobó repelled the many times larger Turkish army in a heroic struggle. The castle is honoured to be part of Hungary’s cultural heritage. It is not only a legendary monument, but a living fortress that keeps 16th century’s traditions alive. The year is full of medieval festivals and knight tournaments, events for the pleasure of history lovers and families alike.
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The Basilica is the only Classicist building in Eger, and the second largest church in Hungary. It was built on the designs of József Hild from 1831 to 1836, and commissioned by archbishop Pyrker. The statues standing outside the cathedral are works of the Italian master: Marco Casagrande. On the front, there are the statues of the two Hungarian saint kings István and László, on the back there are the two main apostles: Peter and Paul. The peristlye in front of the main entrance is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome. If you are interested in organ concerts, please come at noon, there is music every day between 15. May – 15. October.
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Turkish Minaret

ATTENTION! THE MINARET IS CLOSED DUE TO RECONSTRUCTION: May-Oct 2017. The northernmost Minaret of the Ottoman Empire can be found in Eger, built in 1596. The Minaret is a monument for practicing the Muslim religion from where the muezzin called believers to prayers five times a day. The Minaret is a 14m square based 40m high tower, in which 97 steps lead to the top. After a pleasant walk, there is another authentic phenomenon of Turkish culture: The Pasha’s Tent. It is a good idea to tuck into original Turkish coffee, tea and sweets here.
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Archbishop's Garden

The nicest park in town is the Ersekkert (Archbishop’s Garden). Originally a hunting ground, it was converted into decorative gardens. Following the French school of park and landscape design, the garden offers resting places in amongst the greenery for everyone. Children have a playground, and the sportier types can find a running track and tennis court here. It’s a popular date rendezvous point for the young, and in the summer there are open air concerts at the pavilion.
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Main Square – Dobó Tér

This square is the central point of the town. Pleasant restaurants, ice cream parlours cafes are to be found here. Take a minute to really look at the town and feel its vibe. There’s a good likelihood that there’ll be a nice little concert or event is going on. In the recently renovated main square, lined with beautiful buildings, sits the statue of the famous defender of Eger Castle Istvan Dobo which was erected in 1907. It’s worth meandering around the side streets to get a feel for the place, noticing the small details, easily overlooked in the daily hustle and bustle: signage, gates, balustrades and balconies of handcrafted wrought iron.
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Minorite Church

By the 13th century the Franciscan Order built a church in the town centre which was made into a Mosque during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. When the Turks were driven out in the 17th century, the General of the Imperial forces donated it back to the Franciscan order (who refer to their order as lesser or “minor” in Latin, out of humility, hence the term Minorite to mean Franciscan monks). By the 18th century they had rebuilt the church which is dedicated to Saint Antony of Padua. It is one of Hungary’s foremost examples of the Baroque aesthetic in ecclesiastical architecture. Masses are held on Monday – Saturday at 17:00, Sunday 16:30. Due to the links between Poland and Eger, at 09:30 on Sundays, mass is celebrated in Polish.
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Kepes Galéria

György Kepes studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Originally trained in impressionist styles he soon felt attracted to the abstract visual language of the avant-garde and expressed a deep interest in the potential of the technological to depict the visible world, in particular the effects of light. Throughout his life, Kepes continued to paint, while at the same time exploring different techniques, such as double exposure, photograms and “photo-drawings” as new ways to use light. Having been born near Eger, György Kepes donated 200 pieces of his work to the town in 1991, which is exhibited in the Kepes Galley.
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