15 Best Things To Do In Eger, Hungary

Things to do in Eger

Delve into the opulent beauty of the enchanting city of Eger, in northern Hungary. If you’re looking to escape the crowd of Budapest, then take the two-hour train ride to Eger and be fascinated by its rich history and alluring charm. Meander through the peaceful streets or mingle with the locals in the bustling market, amidst the beautifully preserved baroque buildings of the city. The beloved city of Eger is peppered with impressive historical sites, from castles and churches to basilicas and more, just waiting to be explored. Much of the historic attractions are reachable by walking but ensure you take a few days to truly appreciate the beauty of the architecture. Check out our list of the best things to do in Eger, Hungary.

1. The Egri Road Beatles Múzeum

Egri Road Beatles Museum
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Calling out all classical music fans, Egri Road Beatles Múzeum is the perfect destination for you. Beatles memorabilia are on display in the museum, including playable instruments, toys, posters, and clothing. There are also limited edition records you can listen to during your visit. There is a timeline inside the museum you can check out. To make the best of your visit, make sure to go to the interactive area where you can see a movie and listen to recordings of the Beatles.

The Egri Road Beatles Múzeum

Address: Eger, Csiky Sándor u. 30, 3300 Hungary

Website: The Egri Road Beatles Múzeum

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun: 10am - 2pm (closed on Mon)

2. Archbishop's Garden

Eger Archbishop's Garden
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Known as the city’s leading public park, Archbishop’s Garden is a perfect venue for nature views and relaxation. It spreads out over 12 hectares (29 acres) that allow tourists to enjoy scenic walks. One of the highlights of this garden is its charming lake, which is crossed by a classic stone bridge. If you’re looking for an ideal destination for romantic dates, a picnic in this lovely place is always a great idea. Apart from that, there are a lot of spots here perfect for a selfie.

Archbishop's Garden

Address: Eger, Érsekkert, 3300 Hungary

Website: Archbishop’s Garden

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

3. Eger Thermal Souvenir

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When it comes to souvenirs and quality goods, you can never go wrong with Eger Thermal Souvenir. After spending a relaxing day at Eger Thermal Spa, you can make a quick stop at this gift shop to buy some keepsakes. There is a lot of unique items you can buy at Eger Thermal Souvenir, from thermal spa facilities to charming souvenirs. The best part? Everything is at a reasonable price and won’t break the budget.

Eger Thermal Souvenir

Address: Eger, Petőfi Sándor tér 2, 3300 Hungary

Website: Eger Thermal Souvenir

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

4. Kopcsik Marcipánia Bell Foundry House

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Another museum you shouldn’t miss when in Eger is the classic Kopcsik Marcipánia Bell Foundry House. It’s a stunning place where you get to see a lot of figurines, artworks, and even sculptures with intricate carvings. It houses Hungary’s sweetest exhibition, where almost more than a hundred objects are of sugar mass and marzipan. It also features real treats for children, including fairy-tale heroes coming to life in the form of sugar. With its location downtown, you can visit other attractions nearby.

Kopcsik Marcipánia Bell Foundry House

Address: Eger, Harangöntő u. 4, 3300 Hungary

Website: Kopcsik Marcipánia Bell Foundry House

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

5. Macok Bisztró

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Nothing beats Macok Bisztró when it comes to tasty food and great ambiance. It boasts dishes whose main ingredients are from local produce. Tourists will have a taste of country hospitality here. If you’re are into wines, you will surely love the restaurant’s intimate and elegant ambiance. Whether you’re planning a date with your special someone or with family, Macok Bisztró is an excellent dining place. For starters, you can pick a fresh homemade baguette or a duck liver brulee. If you’re ordering steak, make sure to pair it with a glass of wine.

Macok Bisztró

Address: Eger Eger Dózsa György tér, régi, Tinódi Sebestyén tér 4, 3300 Hungary

Website: Macok Bisztró

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 12pm - 3pm (closed on Sun)

6. Eger Basilica

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The neo-classical wonder of Eger Basilica stands boldly among the other baroque buildings and just demands your attention. Ascend the three-large flights of stairs of Hungary’s second largest church, flanked by four statues: two Hungarian kings, Saint Ladislaus and St. Stephen and Apostle Paul and Peter. Be enthralled by the vastness of the dome-shaped interior and the intricately painted ceiling. The interior is tastefully decorated in accordance to the neo-classical theme, which runs throughout the building.

Eger Basilica

Address: Eger, Pyrker János tér 1, 3300 Hungary

Website: Eger Basilica

7. Eger Castle

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Be transported to the 16th century, with a guided tour through the historic Eger Castle. The castle plays a pivotal role in the hearts of many Hungarians, as this was the battleground upon which the mighty Turkish army was defeated by a small Hungarian army of 2,000 people, including women and children.

Walk through the ruins of the castle and listen to the whispers of ancient Hungary and the David and Goliath battle that took place. This is definitely one for the traveller in search of a historic experience.

Eger Castle

Address: Eger, Vár 1, 3300 Hungary

Website: Eger Castle

8. Dobo Square

Eger - Dobó Square
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Mingle with the locals or simply frolic around Dobo Square, one of Eger’s popular hangouts. Dobo Square is a perfect starting spot for your trip around Eger and offers tourists and locals a myriad of activities to keep them entertained. Stand in the centre of Dobo Square and admire the baroque-style buildings surrounding the square or take pictures of the historic monuments, like the statues of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl and Lajos Strobl, a reminder of the defeat of the Turkish army.

Grab a bite at one of the eateries or take a seat on one of the benches, as the jovial sound of street music keeps you entertained. For the shopaholics, get the best bargains on souvenirs at the stores in the square.

Address: 3300 Eger, Dobó tér, Eger, Hungary

9. Torok Kori Minaret

Minaret - Eger, 2013
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Ever wondered what it was like to be Rapunzel, up in a tower? Then scale the 97 spiral steps of Torok Jori Minaret and enjoy an unrivalled view of the city, 40 meters (164 feet) high. Following the victory over the Turks, the Torok Kori Minaret was built and a today it stands as a symbol of unity and peace between the Hungarian and Turkish.

Address: Knezich Karoly utca 1, Eger, 3300, Hungary

10. Minorite Church

Main altar, Statues of Saint Louis and Saint Bonaventure, Minorite Church in Eger, 2016 Hungary
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Of all the baroque buildings peppered around the city of Eger, the Minorite Church is the most beautiful of them all and arguably one of the most glorious baroque buildings in the world. Situated in Dobo Square, as you approach the Minorite Church, you will be welcomed by the grandeur of the building. The bohemian influence that is prominently featured in the exterior designs and architecture lends to the harmonious ambience of the church. The intricacies of the exterior of the building set the tone for the splendour of the interior design.

This church is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and you will find a recollection of the saint’s life beautifully illustrated on the ceiling of the church. Be in awe of the sheer beauty of the interior. The church boasts artistic masterpieces, from the high altar with statues of prominent saints on either end to the individually carved wooden pews said to depict the Garden of Eden. You will leave with a new-found respect for art and architecture.

Address: Dobó István tér 4, Eger, 3300 Hungary

11. Lyceum And Magic Tower

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Open your mind to the wonder of science when you visit the Lyceum, situated opposite the Eger Basilica. This is a perfect activity for the whole family and a unique opportunity to combine education with travel, in a fun and interactive way. On several floors, you will find attractions just waiting to be explored. Flip through the pages of history at the library on the first floor of the south wing, where you can choose from over 60,000 books, including priceless manuscripts.

Make your way to the sixth floor of the east wing, featuring a Magic Hall of interactive experimental devices, 18th-century astronomical equipment and even a planetarium, with regularly scheduled shows. The real highlight is the Magic Tower on the ninth floor, initially designed to spy on the city but now used to entertain locals and tourists, as an observation deck.

Address: Eger, 3300 Hungary

12. Szent Miklos Greek Orthodox Church of Serbia

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What happens when a bunch of renowned artists come together? You get the Szent Miklos Greek Orthodox Church of Serbia. This baroque church features the artwork and handiwork of several artists, who collaborated to create the masterpiece which is the church. Admire the intricate carvings of Nicholas Jankovic and the beautiful paintings of the Viennese painter, Anton Kuchelmeiser, to name a few. Also, enter the garden around the building and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

13. Town Under the Town

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To taste some fine wine, pop into the Town Under the Town, offering guided tours through the tunnels, which was once a wine cellar. Rated one of the seven wonders of Hungary, a guided tour through the Town Under the Town, will introduce you to life in Eger in the 18th and 19th century, from basket weaving to agriculture and much more.

Address: Eger, Eszterházy tér, 3300 Hungary

14. The Valley of the Beautiful Women

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Fancy another reason to visit Eger? Eger boasts a well-known wine producing region, producing world-class wine and a visit to Eger would not be complete without a visit to the Valley of the Beautiful Women. The valley is Eger’s best-kept secret, and it takes tourists some time to locate this gem. The valley has long been associated with the wine industry and visitors can visit one of the many restaurants located here.

A tour of the cellars grants visitors an insight into the prominent wine industry of Hungary and a taste of some of the country’s finest wines. These cellars are architectural wonders in their own right, as some were carved and incorporated into the hills of the valley.

Address: Eger, Hungary

15. Egerszalok

Egerszalók gőzölgő só
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Off the beaten path, just 9 km (5.6 miles) from Eger, you will stumble upon Egerszalok. This region offers visitors a brief respite from the everyday business of the city. On your bucolic escape to the region, you will find little pockets of wonder like thermal bath, beehive stones, cave houses and the beautiful travertine formation, locally known as the Salt Hill.

Step back in time to the 19th century when you visit the cave houses, which were built by the villagers by digging into the limestone hills. Today these cave houses form part of a museum and wine exhibition.

Explore Eger

Stand in awe of the majestic beauty of the many architectural buildings scattered around the city of Eger. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Eger has so much to offer to visitors and is slowly becoming a sought-after destination tourists are eager to explore.

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