On Eger (Hungary)

After our morning at Auschwitz, it was a long ride to Eger (EH-gher) – a city of about 53,000 in northern Hungary. The next day we had the morning to discover Eger on our own before two scheduled activities.

Nestled in the hills of the Bukk Mountains, humans have lived here since the Stone Age.

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Eger Castle sits above the town center – and this place is close to the Hungarians heart because here, the Hungarians defended the castle from the invading Ottomans in 1552. Istvan Dobo is a legendary hero for his leadership.

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During the 1600s, the Ottomans built a minaret in Eger, which is one of three minarets remaining in Hungary.


Eger has a variety of grand buildings, but the pedestrian street with Baroque architecture is a pleasant stroll and a good place to eat or enjoy a beverage.

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After our independent time, the group gathered together for an activity – attending a junior high school where we met with a teacher and her students in their English class – and then had lunch in the school cafeteria. (We were pleasantly surprised.)


Eger is the center of one of Hungary’s productive wine regions. One of the popular wines is known as Bull’s Blood – a dark red wine blend of three grapes. The legend is that the wine was dark because it was mixed with bull’s blood, which gave Dobo’s men strength. So after the school, it was a short trip to a winery where the wine flowed, the music played, learned a Hungarian dance, and who knows how many times we toasted in Hungarian – Egészségedre!


Eger is a charming small city. For us, it was a good stopover between the gut-wrenching in Auschwitz and the grandness of Budapest to come. Time at the school and the winery helped make the day wonderful. Below is a 4-minute video (set to appropriate music) showing many of the sites we saw in Eger. Enjoy.


Next Stop” Budapest

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50 thoughts on “On Eger (Hungary)

  1. I watched the video Frank – it’s such amazing architecture. What a great adventure to visit with the students and give them the chance to practise their language skills. School lunches can be a very different experience in Europe 🙂 This sounds like an enchanting stop on your tour and I can imagine a real out-breath after Auschwitz .

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    • Pauline,
      Finding wonderful architecture in Europe is a difficult task! 😉 The students were a little shy, but were willing to talk about themselves (our questions were more about them and their interests). Fortunately, the ride was long from Auschwitz – but the pleasantries of the day was quite the contrast.

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  2. The wine sounds amazing because I do like dark reds – and that three grape blend sounds interesting – glad you were able to toast, dance, and sip. And I can see how this Eger stop was nice after Auschwitz…

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    • Sylvia,
      What? I’ve been somewhere where you haven’t? I’m stunned! 😉 FYI: The Budapest post will go up Tuesday evening (9:15?)

      We saw many interesting organs, but not sure I heard any of them. Maybe one – but I can’t recall where.

      Hungary was a pleasant surprise. Eger was a pleasant stop along the way. Budapest was grand! As for the winery, they also had white wines!

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  3. As you said, it seems like a pleasant stop between Auschwitz and Budapest–and a cool idea to be able to meet with students. There’s been a lot of disturbing news from Hungary, but it does look beautiful–and that wine sounds good!

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  4. I think this stop did indeed serve as a “palate cleanser” after the heavy emotion of Auschwitz. I’ve had friends speak glowingly of their time in Eger, so it was nice to see your photos. Glad you were able to get in some dancing. 🙂

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    • Debra,
      Wow … you know people who have been there! Eger was a timely and welcomed transition from Auschwitz to Budapest (to come). LOL on the dancing. Of course it was some Hungarian folk dance in a circle. For whatever reason, the “host” grabbed me, and then I went into my ballroom thoughts about leading … and she was pleasantly surprised! 😀

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