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Eger is in the middle of Hungary's vineyard region (between the Matra mountains and the Bukk range), 100 miles east of the capital, and is a popular destination for visitors. Eger is notably famous for being the stronghold against the Turks in the 16th century and for its famous red wine known as Bull's Blood. The legend has it that the Hungarian's drank loads of wine before battle and the marauding Turks saw their red, wine-stained beards and thought that it was bulls blood. There are numerous historic sites here (over 200 protected buildings) but many head straight for one of Eger's most famous; the 130ft minaret. 100 cramped steps take you to the top. Other historic sites in Eger's pedestrian centre include; Eger castle, cathedral, observatory, and many fine examples of Baroque architecture


The first church to be built on castle hill was that constructed for the bishopric of Eger which was founded by St. Stephen. It was succeeded by a cathedral built in the romanesque and gothic styles. The bishop's castle, which was fortified after the Tatar invasion of 1241, underwent continual improvement up until the beginning of the eighteenth century.


The name of Eger represents, for every Hungarian, the story of determined patriotism, when the outnumbered heroic defenders in the fortress, led by Istvan Dobo, held out against the Turks in their initial attack in 1552.

One of the country's oldest and most colourful cities, full of Baroque architecture and grand buildings, Eger has over 200 historical monuments, including the 14-sided, 128ft (40m) high minaret, a reminder of almost 100 years of Turkish rule, Eger Castle, the Copf-style Lyceum with a magnificent frescoed library, and the Archbishop's Cathedral containing the country's largest musical organ. The striking pink and white structure on Dobo Istvan square is the twin-towered Minorite Church, Hungary's most beautiful Baroque building.

  • Last visit to Eger: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Eger looks amazing. I'm really looking forward to my upcoming trip there in a few weeks. I'll mainly be birdwatching but hope to get some time to explore Eger as well. Thanks and great photos. Mike

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    Mar 10, 2007 at 1:20 AM

    We spent only one day in Eger but loved everything we saw. On your page there are so many places we missed, so we must go back. A great page with informative tips and lovely photos.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2005 at 10:36 AM

    Never heard of the place! Genuine five star tips all the way. As for "archiepiscopacy", I'm heading for the dictionary.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2005 at 11:09 PM

    Eger looks like a lovely city! I hope to visit the town on a daytrip from Budapest.

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 2:10 PM

    Fantastic page with great tips. Very helpful for our trip next week.

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2004 at 8:54 AM

    I should go there sometime - great page !

  • wojsyl's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2004 at 1:27 PM

    Beautiful pics of Eger

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 9:43 AM

    Great pics and lots of valuable information.

  • where2next's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2003 at 10:57 PM

    Great photographs and descriptions of Eger. I visited in June, 2001 and seeing your page brought back some great memories. I really enjoyed reading the historic accounts - very interesting.

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2003 at 12:07 AM

    a beautiful page, makes me want to revisit, and spend more time in Eger.

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