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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Iina Toivari (7 months ago)
Visiting the castle is worth the price of the ticket. There was lots of renovations going on at the time of our visit, so parts of the area were closed and the surroundings were a bit chaotic. At the ticket office was a helpful person working, for the rest personnel didn't speak other language besides Hungarian or they were not interested in serving clients.
Tamás Pintér (8 months ago)
It is under construction right now, but the view is still great from there. We really liked the weapon museum inside the turret. The price of a ticket is cheap, we were getting there a little before we could have bought the cheaper ones, but the full price was still worth it to be honest. One ticket was 1200Ft.
Cristi (8 months ago)
The castle is very charming, with big ramps, wide walls and much space inside. You can visit the fortification system with exhibitions. Some parts are also interactive for kids, plus some movies or animations. Cool views over the city center. Too much construction work.
Steven Julinek (8 months ago)
For the reason on ongoing renovations, the castle currently rather looks like a construction zone then an authentic building, yet I'd still recommend buying a ticket and going in. I'd say it's normally priced and you really have a great view from there which is already worth it. The finished buildings look rather nice but I'd choose to visit when the smaller museums are open as without them, it's 30-45 minutes attraction.
Lawrence Seow (9 months ago)
After arriving from Budapest at noon, and a nice lunch, the first thing was to visit Eger Castle. One can spend the entire afternoon there. It was most enjoyable, informative as well as a walk back in time. Worth a visit and to spend about 4 hours.
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