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When you talk about wine to Hungarians, they are quick to point out that you simply must explore Eger, also known as “The Baroque Pearl” of Europe. And that’s exactly what ‘Travel and Home’ did. 

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Best time to visit Eger

This charming city is one of the travel bucket list destinations of Hungary. You’ll know you’re nearby when out of nowhere, the vineyards start popping up on the outskirts of the city. Indeed, a beautiful sight in the summer with juicy grapes hanging from the vines, ready to be turned into wine.

You’ll enjoy warm sunny days between June to August, generally ranging from the upper 20’s to around the mid-’30s. The humidity in July/early-August can be quite high, sometimes exceeding your comfort level. (We visited Eger in August – re photos and video material.)

In autumn (September to November) you have the warm autumn-colored leaves (especially around end-October / mid-November), putting on a spectacular display.

Winter is most definitely not a season for tourism in Hungary. Days are grey, there’s little sunshine, daylight hours are short, and it is cold. In addition, most noteworthy attractions close during the winter months.

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Eger is famous for

Eger is known for superior wines (both reds, and whites), healing and family-friendly thermal baths (dating back to 1932), noteworthy monuments and sightseeing, and beautiful baroque buildings. For instance, the County Hall, with its fine wrought-iron gate, and Minorite Church (constructed in 1771) dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua.

It’s also known for its 4-kilometer underground cellar system, The City Under The City.  Keep reading…

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Things to do and places to see in Eger

Follow our attractions on the map, and you have yourself a free itinerary, with the compliments of Travel and Home, of the top attractions in Eger! 
  • Eger Castle is a fascinating medieval castle overlooking the city. For this excursion, you need to plan your trip to have a half-day allocated for sightseeing. Also, the castle’s history is exhibited in a picture gallery in the István Dobó Castle Museum, on the very same grounds. (Address: Vár 1)
  • The Marzipan Museum is an amazing collection of marzipan pieces sculpted to sheer perfection. (Address: Harangöntő utca. 4) 
  • Opposite the museum, you can not help to notice the Minaret. Go up the 40-meter high Minaret, a cultural heritage that dates back to 1596 (during the Ottoman Empire), and climb the almost 100 steps to the top for exquisite views.  (Address: Knézich Károly utca)
  • Dobó István Square (Dobó István tér) is well-positioned for a stop at one of the many outdoor cafes with a view of the summer fountain and the Baroque Church of Anthony of Padua.
  • Egri Road Beatles Museum is a fascinating exhibition of the world-famous music band, their performances, souvenirs, magazines featuring the Beatles, photo galleries, a few outfits, and more…  (Address: Csiky Sándor utca 30)
  • When arriving in Eger, it’s almost impossible to miss the beautiful Neoclassical building that is home to the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Apostle. A visit to the Basilica is a must-do for cathedral-lovers and one of the best places where you can regain your quietude. 
  • Now, for a bit more about the City Under The City. Having enjoyed the tranquility of the cathedral, turn to your left as you go down the stairs. Look out for a small entrance, which is where you enter the former cellar used by the Bishop to store the tax wine. Unfortunately, none of the up to 12 million liters of wine that he stored, are there today! 
  • Thermal baths to Hungarians are a way of life. They grew up with them. After all, in Budapest alone, there are more than 1,300 thermal water springs! Therefore, live like a local and find out what’s it all about at the Eger’s Thermal Baths(Address: Petőfi tér 2.)
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The Valley of Beautiful Women is more about wine than about beautiful women

First, let me clarify the how-to-get-there part. It’s about a half hour’s walk from Dobó István Square. Alternatively, catch a taxi or take the sightseeing train that leaves every 15 minutes from Egeségház Utca 4. Whatever you do, don’t drive there if you intend to do some wine-tasting. Hungary has a very firm zero-tolerance policy as far as drink and drive is concerned. 

There are several cellars where you can do a wine tasting. If you’ve done wine tasting in South Africa or Napa Valley in California, don’t expect the same. Instead of visiting a single wine estate at a time, here you have several cellars in quaint cave-like little hides. Here, instead of pub crawling, you so cellar crawling.

At this point, you must know that should a Hungarian find out you were here, the first question will most probably be: “So how did you find our famous Bull’s Blood?” Therefore, make a point of tasting Egri Bikavér, with a rich history going back to the 16th century.

Legend holds that the very same István Dobó after which the city’s square is named, thought to give the soldiers a bit of motivation by giving them red wine. Lots of it. The disheartened soldiers made good use of it, dripping onto their beards, and the enemy, the Turks, interpreted it as bulls’ blood, not knowing it was actually wine. Needless to say, the Turks were too scared to attack the soldiers of Eger because after all, the soldiers were believed to have the power of the bull, having drunk the blood! But, alas, all of this is only a legend. Today, we’d call it fake news.

In addition to the cellars, there are a wide variety of street cafes.

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And if you were wondering about the language factor? At this valley, they’re keen to explain which wine is which.

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Beehive stones at the southern foot of the Bükk Mountains

The stone culture refers to the installations that the population here made out of stone or carved into stone: cave homes, wine cellars, pens for hundreds of sheep. The most intriguing ones are the hive-stones: man-made niches of an unknown purpose, which are under natural and archaeological protection.

Hiking in the Bükk Mountains near Eger

Our meeting point will be at the central bus station of Eger, where we will catch the bus that will take us to the starting point of our hiking activity about 20km away. From there we will walk and climb the highest peaks in the Bükk area to check observation points with the most stunning views in the country. The excursion will be 16km long with 700m elevation. The route is moderately difficult, not recommended for people without previous hiking experience. At the end of the trip we will arrive to the village of Szilvásvárad where participants will have a chance to have a meal at the local restaurants. Afterwards we will catch the bus back to the central bus station of Eger.

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UNESCO World Heritage sites near Eger – perfect day-trips

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Where to stay in eger

Best lodging options in Eger

It was a toss-up to stay between the two hotels featured below. Hotel Eger & Park won in the end (and with no regrets, at all), so the next booking will be at the equally highly recommended Hunguest Hotel Flora. 

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How to get to Eger from Budapest

Budapest is the nearest airport to Eger. 

From Budapest by car, it will take you about 1h30m to get to Eger (132 km, via the M3).

  1. From Budapest, Take Bem rkp., Lehel u., Róbert Károly körút and M3 bevezető to M3 – 21 min (12.7 km)
  2. Continue on the M3 to Eger – 59 min (115 km)
  3. Take 25-ös főút/Route 25 to Szúnyog köz – 13 min (6.8 km)
  4. You’ve arrived in Eger!

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