History and wine

As I have written in my previous post, at the beginning of the month we took a short holiday visiting Hungary. We have spent the last day&night of the short trip in a very important city of Hungary: Eger. Eger is famous for its historic fortress which stood ground for quite a long time against the Turkish invasion from the east. Another quite important ‘feature’ of the city are its famous wine cellars located at the northern part of the city. We decided (well a part of us) to visit both sites.
First we visited the old fortress on the top of the hill close to the center of the city. The déjà vu feeling quickly took me over as I entered the lower gates of the fortress, because this was my second time visiting it. The first time I visited the Eger Castle was when I was very little, so I did not remember everything well. I guess it was a good moment to refresh my memory 😉 .
Due to the cold weather of the winter season, the castle looked quite deserted. Only a few tourists were hanging around looking at the walls, the cannons and the panoramic view of the city from the top. Nevertheless, there was enough activity to pay a tour guide to present a little bit of history, while escorting a small group around the castle. We decided to join this group: the entry fee was 700 forints (~€2.20), which is a reduced fee for lucky people like me, who are at most 26 years of age 😀 (The full fee is 1400 forints ~€4.43). To top this, I payed a little extra photo-fee, which allowed me to take photos. The photo-fee costs 1000 forints (~€3.17). The trip included a visit to the heroes-hall, a short trip to the site of the old cathedral and a long walk in the castle-s casemate-s. Spiced with a few animated cannons and fire-wheels, the tour was very entertaining and of course the guide provided a lot of useful information about the history of the castle.
After the guided tour we payed an additional visit to the castle-s picture gallery, presenting a few quite remarkable paintings made by various artists.

Now, the fun part: as I have written in the introduction, we have scheduled a “wine-stroll” for the evening, visiting the wine-cellars of Szépasszonyvölgy (Valley of the Beautiful Woman). In this valley there are a number of cellars (60+) lined-up in the form of a horseshoe, which are open for visitors who’d like to taste the local wine-specialties (e.g. Egri Bikavér) made by different local wine-makers. The prices for 100ml of the same wine at different cellars range from 100 forints to 800 forints (and the quality is also according to that, so weigh the options carefully). Also there is a possibility to eat some snacks, like greased bread with onions (or chips or bakery or whatever you like), just to make sure all that wine does not get into your head 😉 . There is an option to buy a bottled version of the wine you like: all wine cellars provide this possibility, so don’t miss out this opportunity 😉 .

The day we spent in Eger was very eventful, so I guess staying there for 1-2 days would be a treat for anyone…

Some photos will follow, as soon as I get to a decent internet connection to upload them… Done.


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