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.



Your name

Website (optional)


Vár, Eger, Hungary
See all sites in Eger


Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary


4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Csaba Orbán (15 months ago)
A nicely renovated castle with invalueable historical background. The new part of the museum is interactive.
ΣΟΦΙΑ ΣΤΕΦΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ (15 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!
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Kalozha Church

The Kalozha church of Saints Boris and Gleb is the oldest extant structure in Hrodna. It is the only surviving monument of ancient Black Ruthenian architecture, distinguished from other Orthodox churches by prolific use of polychrome faceted stones of blue, green or red tint which could be arranged to form crosses or other figures on the wall.

The church is a cross-domed building supported by six circular pillars. The outside is articulated with projecting pilasters, which have rounded corners, as does the building itself. The ante-nave contains the choir loft, accessed by a narrow gradatory in the western wall. Two other stairs were discovered in the walls of the side apses; their purpose is not clear. The floor is lined with ceramic tiles forming decorative patterns. The interior was lined with innumerable built-in pitchers, which usually serve in Eastern Orthodox churches as resonators but in this case were scored to produce decorative effects. For this reason, the central nave has never been painted.

The church was built before 1183 and survived intact, depicted in the 1840s by Michał Kulesza, until 1853, when the south wall collapsed, due to its perilous location on the high bank of the Neman. During restoration works, some fragments of 12th-century frescoes were discovered in the apses. Remains of four other churches in the same style, decorated with pitchers and coloured stones instead of frescoes, were discovered in Hrodna and Vaŭkavysk. They all date back to the turn of the 13th century, as do remains of the first stone palace in the Old Hrodna Castle.

In 2004, the church was included in the Tentative List of UNESCO"s World Heritage Sites.