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Eger, Hungary

Another beautiful town with great food, a waterpark, Turkish bath, Astronomical Museum, parks, wine, and more.

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Day 26 Continued

After our fun waterpark experience in Romania, we drove a relatively quick 2 hours to Eger, Hungary. We met our apartment owner and she helped us park our car for free and showed us our home for the next three nights. For less that $75 per night, we were stunned! A beautiful, thoughtful apartment with high domed ceilings and right off the main square. Perfect!
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There was even the resident rabbit.
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We walked around taking pictures and getting our bearings in yet another new pretty town.
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We ate dinner at a casual pizza place and were shocked at the the $26 price tag. Two pizzas, a salad, and drinks for that? So affordable!
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We had fun wandering around and taking more pictures of this very pleasant and walkable town. I was so happy to be here for three nights!
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Day 27 - All about Eger

I started the day with a run along the city's small river and along a great running trail in the local park. I found a wonderful coffee shop with delicious coffee. Kappu Specialty Coffee was so good!
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We wandered and walked and decided to explore the city's university lyceum with its astronomical museum, view terrace, and camera obscura. We spent around 90 minutes exploring the giant building's many rooms with science displays, old cameras, microscopes, and finally the view terrace. I was studying the town below from a telescope and spotted DD#1 in the main town square below! We had fun texting her and freaking her out a little with our spying from above.
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DH and I enjoyed the old camera obscura and had a little demo in a dark room of the city below. Such interesting old technology and remarkable how far we've come!

DH and I split off from the girls and had a slow lovely lunch at HBH Sorhaz right on the main square. We had drinks and nice entrees for $17. It was great people watching and delicious!

We met up with the girls and decided to explore the Turkish and thermal baths. It was a short 10 minute walk. The Turkish baths were beautiful with the separate pools set at various temperatures. Our skin and bodies thanked us for the relaxing afternoon.
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We ended our day with more food. Somehow, we were still hungry! We had crepes just off the main square. Delicious and affordable.
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Day 28 - One more waterpark and a valley filled with wineries

DD#2 and I started the day at a spectacular waterpark just outside of Eger. Demjen waterpark was the most unique water experience I've ever had. We started off soaking and walking through these thermally-heated man-made caves. The caves split off and went in many directions. There was even a bar within the caves and of course we had to share a lemonade!
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We moved on to an indoor section with adventure slides. These were seriously fast slides that really got our adrenaline pumping! The lines were short and we ended up spending most of our time here. It was so fun playing and shooting down the slides.
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We explored the outside part of the facility and went on a few slides there before finishing our 3 hour time. We were so tired but it was totally worth it!

DH was kind enough to drive us the 20 minutes to and from the waterpark. Upon our return, we left the girls and walked 30 minutes (in 95 degree heat) to the Valley of the Beautiful Women. Such an interesting name for a winery area. About 25 wineries had outposts in a circular area around a shaded park. We settled on one winery where I compared three kinds of the famous Hungarian Bulls Blood wine. It wasn't my favorite wine in the world, but then again we only paid around $4 for the tasting.
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We came back to our apartment to cool off before heading out to our fanciest meal of the trip at Macok Bistro. What a special treat! The kids felt like this was the fanciest meal they had ever experienced. DH had beef cheeks, DD#1 had pork cheeks, and DD#2 and I had tenderloin in different forms. It felt extravagant and delicious and cost around $75. It was our last night in Hungary and we knew prices would be increasing as we headed to Slovakia and Czechia. It was a perfect way to end our last night in Eger.
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Day 29 - last morning in Eger

DH and I went for another short run on the running path around the park. I decided to climb the town's only minaret while everyone else finished packing. The views were pretty but it was the most claustrophobic climb I have ever experienced! It was so narrow and a little unnerving! IMG_9770.jpgIMG_9766.jpg

We had our coffee once more at Kappu, grabbed a couple traditional chimney cakes for the road and left Hungary for Slovakia. To be continued...
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Posted by familyineurope 20:52 Archived in Hungary Tagged turkish bath thermal eger demjen lyceum

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