You have probably never heard of Eger, and there is a reason for that. Eger is not Budapest. All visitors to Hungary stay within that beautiful city. Actually, let me adjust that statement. If you are German you are probably also familiar with Balaton Lake, which happens to be the biggest lake in Europe but that is for a different story.
This lack of travel outside of the capital is a shame. Even though Hungary is not a beautiful country it does have some worthwhile sites, and Eger is one of them. Let us begin with my favorite part of Hungary, the wine. The Eger area makes fabulous red wine, and they have a wonderful spot to enjoy it. Within walking distance of the center is a square of near one hundred wine cellars where you can go wine tasting. From the outside they don’t look like much but inside some of them are fabulous. Some have three or four levels where you can sit and enjoy wine and make friends. The stone and brick cellar combined with wooden tables and chairs makes a very inviting environment, especially on a hot summer day.
I need to say something about wine tasting in Hungary at this point. This is not your normal sniff and little sip. A “taste” of wine in Hungary is a full glass. Sometimes they even skip the glass and the host will just pour the wine straight into your mouth from a long glass tube. This is quite fun. I highly recommend it. And when you make your zig zag way out of the door do not forget to buy as much as you can. One Euro will get you a liter or two of this liquid gold.
Continuing on to the city itself. It is not very impressive. By Hungarian standards it is in the hills. There is a castle in the center that offers good views of the city, and the center itself has just been redone, but in a poor manner. While not beautiful or too intersting it is a nice place to spend a few days.
I can sum up Eger with one sentence. If you enjoy excellent and cheap wine, visit it.