Eger Things to Do

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    Nice woman valley

    by Pablo_krak Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    If You Like wine - This place is like paradise :)Yhe most known wine from this region is called EGRI BIKAVER. In My opinion - is one of the best wine from Hungary.
    Many private cellars are in NICE WOMAN VALLEY, restaurants with traditional hungarian foods and live music ( gypsy musicians). Wine is cheap and in some cellars having Very Good taste ( i like red wine from cellar Number 46:)

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  • Fortress of Eger

    by popi3 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you visit this place you can see how proud is people in Eger about your history.During the Turkish occupation of Hungary, Eger became an important border fortress. The 1552 Siege of Eger was a miraculous defence by Hungarian forces in the face of overwhelming odds. Under the command of Captain István Dobó the defenders of the castle (fewer than 2,100 people, including women and children) successfully fought back a Turkish army of 80,000 soldiers.
    In 1596, a bigger army of the Turks attacked Eger, and took the castle after a short siege.

    Address: Vár 1.

    Phone: (00)36/312-744

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    Archbishops' Palace

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    Next to the cathedral (north of it) stands the Eger's Archbishops' Palace, which has been the residency of the Archbishop of Eger since 1804. Now there is a great rococo chapel there and a little archiepiscopal collection (entrance 200/100 forints, ~0,8/0,4 euro).

    Address: Szechenyi Street

    Directions: Near to the Cathedral

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    Orthodox Church

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    The only one church in the town which is located with its back to the town's center. Built by the Serbian refugees in the end of 18th century with the special permission of the Emperor, Joseph II, can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. The iconostas of the church built between 1789-1791is a real masterpiece.

    Address: Vitcovics Street

    Directions: West-north from center

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    Eger Castle

    by Ben-UK Updated Aug 1, 2004

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    Dating back to the 13th century, the castle became part of Hungarian folklore following the heroic defence against the Turks in 1552.

    2,000 Eger heroes held out for 38 days against an invading force of 60,000 -- the Turks retreated in defeat.

    During the siege, the Eger forces, led by Dobo Istvan, drank large quantities of the local wine -- their red, wine-stained beards gave the Turks the excuse that the Eger forces had been drinking the blood of bulls to give them extra strength -- hence the name Bull's Blood wine.

    However, Bull's Blood or not, the Turks returned in 1599 and this time conquered the town and then controlled the region for almost a century.

    Today the castle house various exhibitions, but even if you don't want to see any of those, it's worth making the climb up the hill to see the magnificent views from the castle.

    Directions: Overlooking the town -- just follow the signs.

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    WALK THE CASTLE / FORTRESS

    by ViajesdelMundo Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    The Castle of EGER is the most important site of the area, and little or much time can be spent here, as it is extensive.

    The history of the castle began in the 11th century in the era of Saint Istvan, the first Christian King of Hungary. It became involved in the Turkish seige of 1552. Prince Ferenc Rakoczi used the castle as a stronghold of the rebels in the war of independence, 1703 - 1711. In 1783, it became the property of the church. Renovations began in the 1960s.

    Opening hrs 1Apr-31Aug 8am-8pm; 1Nov-28Feb 8am-5pm; Mar and Oct 8am-6pm; 1Sep-30Sep 8am-6pm

    Directions: Kossuth Lajos St leads to Dosza Gyorgy Square, from where the entrance of the Castle can be seen

    Phone: 36 312-744

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    Eger Castle

    by antistar Written Aug 6, 2009

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    Like most castles in Hungary, the castle of Eger is more functional and sprawling, than impressive or beautiful. It's worth visiting for the history and the impressive views, but you'll be hard pressed to find a decent picture of the castle itself. If you visit in the summer months, though, you'll probably find a lot of stuff going on inside the castle, including actors playing guards, putting on puppet theater shows, selling ye olde kebabs in medieval panel tents, and generally trying their best to entertain the (mostly Hungarian) tourists.

    The history of the castle is impressive, though. It was from these walls that less than two thousand local militia fended off around a hundred thousand well armed Ottoman Turks. It's here that the legend of Eger's Bull's Blood (Egri Bikaver) started.

    Directions: To find the entrance, leave Dobo Ter bearing right away from the Minorite Church, and turn right into Dobo Istvan Ter. Keep walking to the end and follow the crowds left up Dosza Gyorgy ter.

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    Cathedral

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    The Eger Cathedral (also called the Basilica) is the second biggest one in all Hungary. It stands at the Eszterhazy square and dominates the whole Old Town. One of the most magnificent examples of the Hungarian neoclassicism, had been built in years 1831-1836, by Jozsef Hild, a famous architect from Pest to order of Eger's bishop Laszlo Pyrker.

    The inside - look at my travelogue

    Address: Szechenyi ter (Szechenyi Square)

    Directions: The Old Town

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    Some of Cathedral's numbers

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 29, 2003

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    Total length: 93 meters. Total width: 53 meters. Height: the western towers: 53 meters, the main copula: 40 meters, 8 corinthian columns at the entrance: 17 meters. Stairs leading to the cathedral - 40 or so. 4 figures of saints and Hungarian kings at the stairs and 5 more (saints and angels) on the top.

    The inside - look at my travelogue

    Address: Szechenyi Square

    Directions: The Old Town

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    Inside Cathedral

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 29, 2003

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    In the gorgeous inside of Eger's Cathedral you can admire many decorations, paintings, reliefs, stained glasses, sculptures and skillfully realized details. The main alter-piece "St. John boiled in oil" was painted by Joseph Donhauser in 1835. The famous organ (the biggest in all the country) was made in Salzburg and are very often used: it is sounded daily at 11.30 a.m. (12.45 on Sundays) from May 15 until October 15.
    But what I found really impressive was a painting on the main copula's ceiling. Just turn your head up!

    For more pictures - look at my travelogue

    Address: Szechenyi Square

    Directions: The Old Town

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    Dobo Square

    by Skeptic-jr Updated May 29, 2004

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    Dobo Istvan ter (the Stephen Dobo Square), the main square in the town, in the past was used as a city's market. Now, divided into two parts by the Eger River, is the center of Eger, with plenty of markets and restaurants. The two most remarkable buildings are the Minorite Church and the Town Hall. There are also two monuments in the square: the bronze statue of captain Dobo in the middle and the and the monument of heroes which defended Eger against Turks in the front of the Town Hall.

    Sorry for the photo, the sun was whimsical!

    Address: Just Dobo Square

    Directions: Heart of town

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    Minorita Church

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 29, 2003

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    In Hungarian - Minorita templon. It is considered as the most beautiful baroque building in all the country. Inside: the interesting altar, the frescos and the carving furniture. Since the Minorites were monks (in fact a branch of Franciscan order), next to the church stands their monastery. The Eger's Minorita complex was the first of this order.

    Address: Dobo Square

    Directions: Heart of town

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    Cistercian Church

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 29, 2003

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    At the Szechenyi Utca (Street) near to the crossroads with Brody Utca (Street) the church stands in the place of an old Muslim mosque. First it was a Jesuits but after dissolved their order the Cistercians took it over. Now it is closed and under re-construction.

    Address: Szechenyi Street

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    Lyceum

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 30, 2003

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    Opposite the Cathedral at the Szechenyi Square stands a huge building - Lyceum. Today used by the Eger's university (or rather a teachers' college), was built between 1765-1785 in Zopf style (baroque + rococo, although its front has features of classicism style) by Count Karoly Eszterhazy . There is the famous diocesan library which can be visited as a museum. In its collection you can find there e.g. the only Mozart-letter in Hungary.

    Address: Szechenyi Square

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    Climb minaret

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Sep 21, 2003

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    There are almost 100 stairs in the narrow inside of minaret which reaches to 40 meters of height. Nice panorama from the top, but it is also worth to look down.
    It is not hard to feel moving of the tower when there is a wind.

    Entrance: 100 forints (~0,4 euro).

    Address: Mecset Street

    Directions: Near from the castle

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