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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Csaba Orbán (19 months ago)
A nicely renovated castle with invalueable historical background. The new part of the museum is interactive.
ΣΟΦΙΑ ΣΤΕΦΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ (19 months ago)
Very nice place . One of the Sight seeings in Eger. Also a very nice resataurant on top of the castle. With good cuisine and nice atmosphere .
thvs86 (2 years ago)
One of the nicest castles in Hungary. There's a large number of eating and drinking places (and I have to recommend the restaurant inside the castle for a great experience). Also the city is really beautiful (especially in springtime) and there's a lot to do in the area: like thermal baths, historical landmarks, sweets factory (Stühmer) etc.
Tomás Silva Queiroga (2 years ago)
Really interesting castle, with great history. Inside it's museum it is possible to learn all about it, and, from outside, you can admire the whole city view. On Sundays, under 26 years old doesn't pay.
Ferike Tóth (2 years ago)
I've visited few weeks ago and I was surprised! They've improved the castle and has got more to see. Especially those interactive exhibitions. I loved it and I would recommend to everyone how visit to Eger. You must see!
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