How to find the objects.
Favorite thing: I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.
A brief look at the history.
Favorite thing: Settled by Magyar tribes, Eger was made a bishopric in the beginning of the 11century by king István l. In 1241 was it burnt down by the Mongols who also slaughtered close to the whole population. Then the Turks occupied the town, firstly in 1552 when the inhabitants managed to defend themselves agaisnt a much stronger and more powerful enemy, and secondly in 1596. After that attack the occupation lasted until 1687. As a memory of this period we can today see the northernmost minaret from the Turkish era on the European continent.
- Historical Travel
Some useful words.
Favorite thing: Here are some words which can be good to know so you, for example, don't have to risque to get a door opened right in your face because you have choosen the wrong way in.
tólni = push
húzni = pull
bejárat = entrance
kijárat = exit
zárva = closed
nyitva = open
tilos a belépes = no entry
nyitvatartás = working hours
hétfö kedd szerda csütürtök péntek szombat vasárnap are the days of the week from Mon to Sunday.
Favorite thing: This is a wine growing country. The viticulture in the region dates from the 13th century. The most famous wine of Eger is the full-bodied red wine Egri Bikavér, sometimes referred to as “bull´s blood” because of the deep red colour. But there are other good wines, like Egri Leányka and Egri Medoc Noir.
- Wine Tasting
Favorite thing: Little friendly cozy city center of Eger I would never forget! This long meandering narrow streets, little cafes with sweet things, good money exchange rate, shops with different usefull handmade things... Eh eh eh wanna come back there again.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
Map and sites
Favorite thing: Useful links (some of them are so good that some VT-ers simply copy their content to VT-pages):
www.egeronline.com (great VR-tour)
Camera on-line (at the Lyceum):
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
The Fortress of Eger
Favorite thing: The episcopacy of Eger was founded by Steven I (the first Christian king of Hungary) in 1009. The church built during the first period in the history of the episcopacy has decayed almost without a trace. However, the ruins of the Norman style church that has three naves and was built in the 12th century can still be seen today. The current fortress was built after the Mongol invasion of Hungary in 1241-42 and was in its glory in the second half of the 15th century; the Gothic style episcopal see, where the Fortress Museum may be found, today was built at that time. Eger was the only town in 1552 to resist the invasion of the Turkish army which was superior in number. Inside the fortress visitors may see the Fortress History Exhibition, Hall of Heroes, Casamates, Gallery, and the Dungeon. Ispotaly Cellar and the Eremverde (Mint) are brand new facilities.
Welcome to Eger, a Town of Wine and Grape.
Favorite thing: Eger is one of the most beautiful towns of Hungary with lots of historic buildings. It lies in the valley of the Eger Stream, in the hill-country, which extends over the western foot of the Bükk Mountains.
The small town centre is a pedestrianised
area that features many brightly painted houses with iron balconies lining narrow, twisting streets. Ornate lampposts and hanging baskets of flowers decorate the cobbled lanes and squares and sculptures representing the battle against the Turks are a proud reminder of the victorious saga.
Fondest memory: Eger is a Baroque town known not only for its history, mellow charm and vineyards, but also for its thermal baths. Visitors looking for a bit of time-out can unwind in the peaceful Archbishop’s Garden, a leafy park enclosing swimming pools and hot thermal baths.
Favorite thing: The town's administrative centre is the old market place, Dobó István tér (square), which took shape in the Middle Ages. On the east side nearest the Castle stands a statue of the heroic defender of Eger in the siege of 1552, István Dobó.
Fondest memory: The Town Council building is a l9th-20th c. palace in the Eclectic (composite historical) style The former Minorite Church is a fine piece of Baroque built in 1758-71 to the plans of Kilián Ignaz Dientzenhofer, a Prague architect. Both the outside and inside features of this church with its graceful tower and an arched middle frontage reflect the splendor favored in the late Baroque period
THE BAROQUE TOWN OF EGER
Favorite thing: The center of the historical wine-producing region of North-Eastern Hungary is Eger. Its fort, which was defended by heroic warrioirs during European conquests of the Turks in the 16th century, offers an excellent view the beautiful downtown. The city, with its glorious historical past, minarets and palaces is a place of thermal baths, good food, wine and of course, good cheer.
The Eger red wines - such as the renowned Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood) - are characterized by attractive color and pleasant tannin acid content. During the several years of aging in large wooden casks in the cellars, these wines become fullbodied wines rich in aroma.
Fondest memory: Aside from quality wines, there is a fine equestrian tradition in the region. Near Eger, at Szilvásvárad the riding farm where Lippizzaner stallions are stabled is well worth a visit.
Jesuits in Hungary
Favorite thing: I attended a Jesuit School, until they kicked me out. I was delighted to find this Jesuit school in Eger.
Fondest memory: I was surprised to find this school, and I like the surprises of travel while wandering the streets
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: This is the Post Office in Eger. I love sending and receiving postcards. I sent 20-30 each day. It is very hard to be witty on that many cards, but I came up with a wonderful idea, which caused our host no end of pleasure.
Fondest memory: Foreign post card tip: Each day I would buy the local paper (in Hungarian of course) and I would write out the headlines on my postcards. I had no idea what they said, and neither did the recipients!! One of our hosts, Nagy Rudy, would read my cards and just laugh and laugh. He would read them out loud, translate, and breakdown in tears of laughter and joy.
- Hiking and Walking
The Cathedral in Eger
Favorite thing: I had heard stories of religous oppression in eastern bloc countries, and was surprised at the number of glorious places of worship in Hungary. Some were in dis-repair and we often left donations for the restoration work.
Fondest memory: Seeing all the beautiful art done in devotion.
- Hiking and Walking
egri bikaver means blood of bull!
Favorite thing: when the soldiers drunk egri bikaver,enemy thought it was blood of bull,giving them an invincible power!!!
Fondest memory: taste this generous,colourfull and tasty wine,but don't think you are invincible!!!
and have a look to "asterix" in "must see"!
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Favorite thing: Tourism Office
H-3300 Eger, Bajcsy-Zs. utca, 9, Pf. 263
- Tel.: (+36) 517 715
- Fax: (+36) 518 815
- Internet: www.eger.hu and www.ektf.hu/eger
- E mail: email@example.com