Discover Eger, just two hours outside of Budapest, on this full-day private guided tour. Explore this picturesque Hungarian town's castle, thermal baths, and historic buildings, including the northernmost Turkish minaret.
Eger was built around a former cathedral, founded in the 10th century by the first Hungarian king, St. Stephen. The city flourished during the Middle Ages when winemaking became the main source of income. In the 16th century, under Turkish occupation, Eger changed radically. Most churches were converted into mosques and public baths and minarets were built. After the Turkish occupation the archbishop returned and the city regained its status as an ecclesiastic seat. During the 18th and 19th centuries several beautiful buildings were built in the Baroque and neo-classicist styles. The historic buildings of Eger make the city an architectural gem.
Your guide will take you to some of the best attractions, including the Castle of Eger, the Cathedral of Eger, the Lyceum, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Baroque Minorite, the Franciscan Church, and the famed Fazola gate of the County Hall.
Scientists identified a 30 million-year-old wine grape fossil in Eger, where grapes grow natively on the rolling terrains. Eger is best known for two of its native blends, the Bikaver, or “Bull’s Blood” (a red blend), and the Egri Csillag, or “Star of Eger” (a white blend). Winemaking has long been a huge part of Eger’s economy and culture. Monks who lived in Eger more than 1000 years ago engaged in winemaking with native grapes.
Head to Szépasszony-völgy (Valley of Beautiful Women), a picturesque place just out of the city with many old wine cellars, for a wine tasting of 4 wines and lunch.
You can also make an optional visit to Pamukkale, a salt hill in Egerszalók. The 149-154-degree Fahrenheit (65-68 Celsius) water is very rich in calcium and, after coming to the surface, creates bright white limestone deposits.
- Wine tasting of 4 wines
- Visit Eger Old town
- Private guide
- Visit Eger Castle
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Entrance fees
Up to 3 days prior to the tour 15 %
Within 3 days prior to the tour 30 %