Flights to Eger
The “modern” city of Eger was founded in the 10th century by St. Stephen, and you can see that history here today. Many of the sights to see are historical in nature but there are few other places you will want to go that are more modern. Don’t pass up the chance to tour the wine country, which is what Eger is most famous for.
Flights to Eger arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (airport code: BUD) which is 100 kilometres away. There are frequent public buses from Budapest to Eger, with the trip taking under 2 hours. From South Africa, Qatar Airways will go through Doha for their flight to Eger, and Egyptair makes a connection in Cairo. South African Airways and British Airways both have a trip that goes through London. Most flights to Eger will be between 15 and 17.
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The Tourist Attractions of Eger:
Situated in Northern Hungary, Eger is the second largest city of this region. The castle is its best known landmark, but the city has also developed a reputation for thermal baths, and wine.
After its destruction at the hands of the Mongols in 1251, a new castle was constructed, and in 1470 a Gothic palace was added to the site. The fortress is in the centre of the city and you can get to the entrance right off the main square. At the castle location is a museum that houses many relics from the castle and illustrates its long history for visitors. There is also an art gallery with regular exhibitions.
Other Historic Buildings
There are a number of beautiful old buildings that you should try to see while in Eger. The Minor Provost’s Palace is a Rococo-style building with frescos, built in the mid 1700s, and the Baroque Minorite Church also dates to the same period. The church holds a museum today. The Lyceum, from the late 1700s, holds a library complete with frescoed ceilings.
Bukki Nemzeti Park
The Bukki Nemzeti Park is a national park just north of Eger that has amazing forested mountain terrain for hiking and walking. There are also a number of large limestone caves (900 of them in all) within the park that are open to the public for exploration. They are some of the deepest caves in all of Europe, and this is the most popular part of the park.
Valley of the Beautiful Women
Though the name may not illustrate it, this is actually the famous wine country around Eger. Many wineries are open to the public for tours, and samples are available at very low cost. You can really enjoy the local countryside and sample good wine and food while you’re at it. It’s only about a 20 minute walk from the centre of Eger so you don’t even need to worry about driving.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are hot in Eger and do not generally make the best time to visit if you can arrange it. July and August will reach around 28C (82F), and June will only be a few degrees cooler than that. The winters, in contrast, are cold, dropping to nearly freezing from December until early February. So the best times to visit are the spring and autumn months. April and October are particularly comfortable, around 17C (63F).