Eger is an elegant city with tree-lined streets, Baroque architecture and a dramatic setting between the Bükk and Mátra mountains. Explore centuries-old Eger Castle, pamper yourself at the historic Turkish bathhouse and sip your way through one of Hungary’s top winemaking regions. A flourishing culinary scene makes Eger a rewarding destination for foodies.
Things to do in Eger
A cobbled street leads up to 13th-century Eger Castle, which combines elements of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The Bishop’s Palace wing has been reimagined as a history museum where you can learn about key events like the Mongol invasion and Turkish siege. Rent an audio guide to find out more about the castle’s turbulent past.
Tree-lined Kossuth Lajos Street is the beating heart of the city centre. As you stroll along the thoroughfare, you’ll pass landmark buildings like County Hall with its elaborate wrought-iron gates and Provost’s Palace built in the theatrical Rococo style. The culinary scene in Eger is excellent and ranges from upscale restaurants to al fresco cafes.
The Turkish Bath of Eger has been pampering locals since the 1600s and was built in the Ottoman era. Bathe in spring-fed pools and indulge in traditional hammam treatments like soap massages and steam saunas.
Eger is a launchpad for wine tours in the Valley of Beautiful Women, a picturesque neighbourhood dotted with boutique wine cellars carved into the hillsides. Egri Bikaver, a dry red known as Bull’s Blood, is the local specialty. Eger is also used as a base for hiking, cycling and other outdoor adventures in the surrounding mountains.
Getting around Eger
Pedestrian-friendly Eger is compact and easy to get around on foot, while golf carts are a popular way to travel between the city centre and the Valley of Beautiful Women. Trains run between Eger and Budapest in around two hours. Budapest Airport is a 1.5-hour drive away.