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The sights of romantic central Eger will fill a whole day with fun

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Do you like travelling back in time with the help of your imagination? Then Eger is the place for you. This legendary town has conserved the relics and remnants of centuries past.

If Eger Castle could speak...

This, for example, is where you will find the most famous castle in Hungary, which is sure to be the very first destination for any tourist. You can even hire one of the brave soldiers of Eger as a tour guide, who will help you discover the building’s underground dungeons. Or take a peek into the old castle prison cells, check out the wax museum and even meet some of the characters from the novel, The Stars of Eger. The Heroes’ Hall on the ground floor may be the most important part of the castle. This is where you will find the tomb of the captain, István Dobó and huge statues of the heroes of the castle, along with a list of names of those who sacrificed their lives when it was besieged.

Take a peek into the old castle prison cells, check out the wax museum

The place that may as well be called the city of churches

Not many people know that it took longer to paint the frescos on the ceiling of Eger Cathedral – the second largest ecclesiastical building in Hungary – than to actually construct the building itself. An artist from Venice was commissioned to make the cathedral’s sculptures. Take your time to study the beautiful details of the frescos while listening to one the wonderful organ concerts held here.

However, the Cathedral is not the only ecclesiastical sight in Eger that has an interesting story: there is a secco on the wall depicting birds from floor to ceiling in the Archbishop’s Palace and Visitor Centre. The secco was discovered in 2013, in the so-called Room with Birds. Your trip should include a visit to the Minorite Church (the Saint Anthony of Padua Church) on Dobó tér, the most beautiful Baroque church in Europe.

A town that bears the marks of the Ottoman rule

There are 97 steps taking you to the top of the 40-metre tower of the Eger Minaret, which was left behind by the Ottoman rulers of the past. A terrace runs around the tower at a height of 26 metres and offers a wonderful view of the town. A little distance away, you’ll find the 400-year-old Turkish Bath with its six pools, and if you walk a little further, you arrive at the ruins of the Valide Sultana steam bath.

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