The Castle of Eger is historically known for repelling the Turkish attack in 1552 during the Siege of Eger. During the Mongol invasion in 1241, this castle was ruined, and the bishop of Eger moved it to a rocky hill in the city of Eger. On the hill, a new castle was built, and it developed rapidly. In 1470 a Gothic palace was built. In 1552, a Turkish army of 35,000-40,000 soldiers attacked the castle which had 2,100-2,300 defenders. The siege failed as the Turks suffered heavy casualties. A total of 1,700 of the defenders survived. After that Turks besieged the castle again in 1596, resulting in a Turkish victory. In 1701, the Austrians exploded half of the castle (the Külső vár).

Archaeological excavations only started in 1925 and the castle was used by the army as barracks until 1957. Today there are several museums in the castle.

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Vár, Eger, Hungary
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary

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Vernon Ferrell (7 months ago)
Great place with lots to see with live performances and even a canon being fired. Much of the original is gone, but the museum collection is awesome!
jason penn (7 months ago)
Steeped in history with very interesting exhibitions. Great view of the town
Péter Marosvölgyi (8 months ago)
Lot to see, great view of the city. Recommended!
Ewa K. Malia (8 months ago)
Greasy view to the city. Lively place.
Béla Bagaméri (8 months ago)
I feel the entrance fee is too expensive compared to other similar places, but it isn't outrageous. If you are in the city, you should definitely visit the castle
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