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Eger Sights and Landmarks Guide, Hungary

Eger Sights – General Presentation

If you are planning a visit in Hungary, Eger is definitely among the first places you must see. This charming city in the neighborhood of the Mátra Mountains, in the north of the country, has such a rich historical past - reflected beautifully in the city’s façade – that you cannot say you know much about Hungarian culture without visiting Eger.

No wonder that Eger is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Hungary. The variety the city’s architecture presents: monuments that are reminders of the Turkish rule, or Baroque masterpieces in the town center and other monuments of various styles make Eger a real savory for sightseeing tour-gourmands. And we have not spoken yet of the most representative point of Eger, the world-famous castle, which is undoubtedly the foremost attraction for visitors coming to Eger. The Eger wines, whose reputation is spread worldwide, also represent a city trademark and contribute to the flourishing of tourism to a great extent. And last, but definitely not least, there are the Eger Baths which also very famous and lure visitors who take advantage of the various bathing facilities.

Eger Sights – A Sightseeing Tour

As the Festetics Castle is a symbol of Keszthely, and the Buda Castle would be presented as a symbol for the capital in a Budapest Travel Guide or a Budapest Sights description, the Eger Castle represents a real city symbol and is undoubtedly the very heart of Eger. The castle was first built on the Castle Hill, then, it was rebuilt after its demolition during the Mongol invasion, and became famous for its legendary story of victory during the 1552 Siege of Eger. The castle now hosts several museums: the Dobó István Castle Museum, the Eger Picture-Gallery with painting exhibitions, the Panoptikum with displays of wax etc.

The Dobó Square, named after Captain István Dobó, the commander and hero of the already mentioned Siege of Eger, is another impressive site, with the Baroque styled Minorite Church, and also the City Hall, with the imposing gates of Rococo style, real masterpieces.

The Lyceum (now Eszterházy College) is a classic of the Zopf style. It is home to the famous library - opened in 1793 - of more than 160,000 books, where the visitor can admire the reputed frescoed-ceiling depicting the Council of Trent of 1545-63.

The 40 meters high Minaret offers an excellent view over the city centre. The 17th century monument is one of the only three minarets in Hungary. Another representative building reminding of the Turkish rule is the Turkish Bath, which enriches the already diverse choice of bathing opportunities of the city.

The Classicist styled Basilica, The Provost Minor's Palace from the 1750’s, a foremost fine piece of Rococo architecture, cannot miss from your Eger Sights – tour, and neither can the Minorite Church, or the Serbian Orthodox Church - also of Zopf style -, or the The Archbishop's Palace.

You must also visit the Valley of the Beautiful Woman, a valley in the southern part of the city, with numerous wine cellars, where you can taste the world-famous white or red Eger wines, a compulsory experience which will give a perfect ending to your visit.

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