No doubt that Eger is one of the most popular town in hearts of domestic and foreign travellers, being the home of the historical past, culture and good wine. It must have been on your bucket list – it is worth taking the time for everyone to discover it. Are you looking for a sightseeing trip? There is no better starting point than Dobó István Square.
The minaret is the most northern Turkish-era structure in Europe, with a 40-meter-high slender tower reminiscent of Turkish rule from 1596 for nearly a hundred years. Anyone who can withstand the tight spaces can climb 97 spiral stairs up to the minaret tower to have a nice view of the town centre.
The works of Lajos Kopcsik - Oscar- and Venés-award winner, Olympic and world champion master confectioner - can be seen here. The 120 objects on display are all made of marzipan, such as a nearly two-meter-high wine bottle, a scaled-down replica of the Minaret. The exhibition has real specialties for children, the fairy-tale heroes come to life from the mass of sugar.
Guided tours of the former archbishop’s cellar system under the town, the Town below the town. It is a four-kilometre-long cellar system, which was chosen as one of the seven Hungarian miracles in February 2007. The temperature in the cellar is constantly 12 degrees, so warm clothes and sweaters are recommended. The duration of the cellar visit is 45 to 50 minutes. The cellar system extends from the Hatvan gate to the Rác gate, almost 4 kilometres long under the town. The most beautiful part of the cellar is the room of columns, where 7 x 7 cellar branches come together.
The Archbishop's Palace of Eger is also a cultural, touristic and visitor centre located in the downtown of Eger, on Széchenyi Street. The dignified, white staircase itself is well worth a visit. In addition to objects related to Mass or feasts, the coronation cloak of Empress Maria Theresa is also kept here. Its special feature is the bird room, which emerged from more than 30 coats of paint during the restoration.
At the top of the Lyceum tower the eye of Eger, Camera Obscura can be found. The operator of this mirror structured machine shows us the downtown from a top view. From the terrace of the tower, you can look around the town from a height of 53 meters.
Castle of Eger is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hungary, which often provides space for various cultural events and celebrations. The István Dobó Castle Museum is located in the castle as a cultural centre of Eger's history and fine arts. It includes several collections and ensembles, such as the archbishop's private collection, artefacts from excavations, the paleontological collection of Ferenc Legányi and the Gárdonyi heritage. One of the most favoured restaurants in Eger, the 1552 Restaurant can also be found here.
The only classicist building in the town of Eger, the second largest religious building in Hungary, the Basilica can be found opposite the Lyceum. The colonnade in front of the entrance is made of 17-meter-high Corinthian columns modelled on the Roman Pantheon. The interior decoration of the building took almost 120 years, it took more time to make the altars and paint the ceiling frescoes than to build the building itself.
It was opened in 1932, next to the Turkish Bath which was built in the XVI. Century. There are several spa and adventure pools, as well as various water recreation opportunities for those wishing to relax or recover. The 5.3-hectare area of the water complex offers a total of 7 pools for refreshment in the summer heat. The Water Castle adventure pool is the kids` favourite while the hot tube, underwater massage and the waterfall are the most popular among adults.
The current building of the Turkish Bath was built by the Turks who occupied the city of Eger between 1610 and 1617. The building has not only got swimming pools (ilijia), but also got hammam (massage, steam, pouring bath) reminiscent of Turkish bathing. It tries to evoke the Turkish atmosphere, the resting parts with aesthetic elements and cozy lighting. These days the Turkish Bath operates as a modern balneotherapy centre.