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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Linda Bahr (7 months ago)
For the entry price (2000huf) the value is awesome. Historical value is pretty great as well. Don't skip the museums. If you just wander and don't pay attention, you will walk past one of then pretty easily. Work is still in progress.
Orsolya Gonda (9 months ago)
Tickets were not available just to visit the castle only with combined museum tickets. This was the opposite on the information board explained. Must visit place in Eger. Was extremely difficult to walk in the stoney ground with babies. Nice view on the city though.
Ewa K. Malia (10 months ago)
Great view over the city. Lovely place. It is not a boring viewing spot. However on a hot summer day might be challenging. You are in full sun unless you take a shelter of the restaurants.
Zsolt Vári (11 months ago)
Great exhibitions for 21. century needs, I was absolutely satisfied. Many places are closed now due to renovations, but I still spent here 2.5 hrs. Recommend (text in English like 60% of the time)
Vernon Ferrell (2 years 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!
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