Should you ever tire of Eger or if you just fancy a change of pace, then the surrounding villages and towns are as good a place to escape as any.
Many are located in areas of stunning natural beauty, others boast sights to rival those of Eger and yet more retain cultural practices that offer a glimpse into the Magyar past.
The Matyó Museum in Mezőkövesd - preserving a way of life
The settlements below are within a 40km radius of Eger and are easily accessible by public transport and car.
All have been chosen because we believe they have something unique to offer visitors to the Eger region.
Just 10km from Eger and served by both bus and train, Szarvaskő is a lovely little village in which to spend a few hours. With its ruined castle, pretty neo-classical church and countless marked forest trails, Szarvaskő is a perfect place for a day trip out of Eger.
View of Szarvaskő from the observation tower overlooking the village
Home to the Matyó people, a trip to Mezőkövesd will open your eyes to a very different culture and a very colourful one at that. Be sure to check out the Matyó museum, soak up the waters of the Zsory Baths and visit the Hadas District which is still home to the Matyó and their crafts.
Matyó home in the Hadas District
Slap bang in the middle of the Bükk forest, Felsőtárkány is perfect for those wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside: there is a landscaped lake fed by a natural spring, the forest railway, mountain biking, horse riding and, of course, the forest which makes up 90% of the village's area and is rich in game and wildflower species.
Felsőtárkány's forest railway
Home to perhaps the most beautiful small Baroque palace in Hungary, one of the Eger region's most celebrated winemakers and the site of unique cave dwellings that were inhabited up until the 20th century, Noszvaj is deservedly the fastest growing village in the area and worth a few hours of your time.
The De La Motte Palace in Noszvaj
Since 1958, Bogács has been attracting visitors primarily for its thermal baths but it does have other attractions.
The 13th century St. Marton church, although rebuilt, hosts organ and chamber concerts that utilise its renowned acoustics, there is the Bükkalja Wine Festival at the end of June, the observation tower with great views over the Bükk forest and the 140 year old peasant house opening a window on a very different world.
Saint Marton's Church
Best known for its travertine hill (locally called the 'Salt Hill)' formed by the hot mineral waters coming up from the volcanic Matra hills and interacting with the atmosphere, Egerszálok is a popular spa and health centre with both domestic and foreign tourists.
Other places of interest include the Baroque church, the 120 acre Egerszálok Lake, the mysterious beehive caves and, of course, many cellars in which to enjoy the wines of the area
The Salt (travertine) Hill in Egerszálok
Szilvásvárad is one of the most popular places for 'Egerians' to escape to at the weekends, the reasons for this are many: the beauty of the Szalajka Valley with its clean and fresh air, songbirds, forested trails, romantic forest railway and unique waterfall; the adventure park with its all-weather bobsleigh track; open air carriage rides up the valley; the trout lakes; the Istállóskó cave in which prehistoric remains were uncovered in 1911; the forestry museum and a whole lot more.
The Fátyol (lit. veil) Waterfall
Known for the many mineral springs dotted in and around the small town, Parád is a popular destination for those looking to relax and recuperate.
As well as its baths, Parád also has an impressive horse-drawn carriage museum (including some from the Imperial Hapsburg family) and an exhibition of over 350 mineral waters and other related paraphernalia from more than 25 countries.
The Carriage Museum in Parád