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Eger Castle

The medieval castle, which sits on the small hill overlooking the town, has been the site of numerous historical events and is one of the most popular and famous attractions in Hungary. The original buildings included a cathedral and the Bishop's Palace dating from the 13th century; the castle was later fortified and the walls provided the cover for the determined defence against the Turks by a small and outnumbered army. The women who fought alongside the soldiers claimed their place in national consciousness during this much-celebrated historical event. The Dobó István Fortress Museum, in the restored Palace, is one of the most popular museums in Hungary and has exhibitions on the history of the town and castle. Also within the castle grounds is the Heroes' Hall, which holds the grave of the celebrated leader, Dobó István, as well as the Prison Museum, Waxworks, and the underground, rock-hewn artillery enclosures. The best views of the town are from the castle walls.

Address: Just outside of Eger town

E-mail: varmuzeum@egrivar.hu

Website: www.egrivar.hu/en

Telephone: +36 (0)3 6312 744

Transport: If you're traveling by car then the best route is the M3 to Fuzesabony and then north along route 25, however there are also other routes you can take depending on travel time. Trains depart from Keleti Station in Budapest on the hour. Trains leaving on even hours go to Fuzesabony where you will need to change trains. Trains departing on odd hours go directly to Eger. There are two buses an hour between Budapest's Stadionok station and Eger.

Opening times: Castle grounds are open from 8am and close any time between 5pm and 8pm depending on the season, and the day. Summer has longer opening hours. Check the website for details.

Admission: For all exhibitions: HUF 1,400 (Adults), HUF 700 (age groups: 6-26 and 62-70). Walking tickets without entrance to exhibitions are HUF 700 (Adults) HUF 350 (6-26 and 62-70 years).