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Eger Castle for Kids                       

Make your own coins, watch a 3D movie and enter the world of the 1552 siege                          

1552 siege of eger

"Oi, get off my wall". Waxwork soldier fighting off the besieging Ottomans, ably assisted by one of Eger`s brave womenfolk

Kids love castles. It goes without saying really.

Eger Castle doesn't disappoint. It has it all: cannons, high walls, bastions a dungeon, people wandering around in medieval costumes, archery practice, historical reenactments, the Casemates (a dark, mysterious subterranean tunnel system running under the castle) and the list goes on.

All these attractions are included in the price of the castle ticket which of January 2014 costs: Adults: 1400 Huf (€5). Concessions (Age:6-26 years and over 62): 700 Huf (€2.50).

However, there are other child-friendly diversions that will cost you just a little bit extra.

Please note that you cannot pay for these at the main ticket office situated at the entrance, rather you will need to purchase individual tickets at each of the attractions.

The Eger Stars Panopticum (Waxworks)

Egri Csillagok or Eclipse of the Crescent Moon is the kids book written by Géza Gárdonyi that has immortalised the Eger siege of 1552 for generations of Hungarian school children.

The Eger Stars Panopticum takes this one stage further by creating characters from the popular historical novel in.......wax.

Admittedly, non-Hungarians will not have the same level of interest in these life-size models, however, they do add a certain something to a trip to the castle by giving visitors a flavour of this sixteenth century event that occupies such a large place in the Magyar psyche.

If you are familiar with the novel, which can be bought in bookshops all over the town (in English and German), then you might recognise some of the characters, such as:

  • Török Bálint
  • Dobó István
  • Suleiman I the Magnificent
  • Réti (the blacksmith)
  • Cécey Éva
  • and many others
suleiman the Magnificent

Suleiman the Magnificent looking, well, magnificentish.

Opening times of the Panopticum are as follows:

  • 1 April31 October 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
  • 1 November31 March 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

The entrance fee is (as of April 2014):

  • Adults: 450 Huf
  • Concessions (students/retired): 350 Huf (under 6 years of age free)
  • Groups get a 10% discount (if numbering over 20)

The Castle Mint

Situated in the Bishop`s Palace, the Eger Mint displays a collection of Hungarian coins from the past 1000 years along with historical and contemporary medals.

Fans of coin collecting will, of course, be interested in the exhibits but for  children the highlight will be the opportunity to strike their own commemorative coin using medieval methods - without wanting to give too much away, it involves a big hammer.

The Mint is located in the west end of the palace, that is to the left of the picture

Opening times of the Castle Mint are as follows:

  • 1 April31 October 9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
  • 1 November31 March 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

The entrance fee is (as of April 2014):

  • Adults 350 Huf
  • Children 180 Huf (under 6 years of age free)
  • Groups get a 10% discount

Ispotály Pince (the Ispotály Cellar)

Although this is called a cellar, it is actually part of the excavated sixteenth century hospital that more than likely was in operation during the siege of 1552.

Today it has been divided into two separate enterprises: one is a small bar/cafe where you can buy refreshments, and the other is a very small `cinema` which shows two 3D movies on a continuous loop.

The first movie is a computer generated reconstruction of what Eger castle must have looked like at the time of the great siege, the other is a movie about a baby T-Rex called Rexy.

The former is quite interesting but does drag on, the second is... about a T-Tex called Rexy.

Publicity poster for the 3D Cinema in the Ispotály Cellar.

Like the other two attractions above, the Ispotály Cellar is open from the beginning of April to the end of October.

As for the entrance cost, the cellar is not open at the moment for me to check - but when it does I will update this page.

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