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Eger in September, 2016

 
Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to Ieger's September newsletter, dedicated to bringing you all the news on the events and programs happening in Hungary's most beautiful city this month.

The heady days of August are now a distant memory and Autumn is upon us. Although in many tourist destinations this is the month that sees restaurants, hotels, museums and sights winding down and moving into off-season mode, here in Eger this is not the case. Why? Because it is in September that the grapes are harvested and, this is something to be celebrated in a city marinated in wine for most, if not all of its history.

The highlight of the month's festivities is, as you might have already guessed,  the Harvest Festival taking place in Szépasszony Völgy on the 23rd and 24th September. Over 200 cellars will be opening their doors to wine lovers from all over Hungary and beyond in celebration of the harvest. There will also be programs for all the family, live music, a fairground and lots, lots more.

In this issue, we have a special section dedicated to wine with links to pages detailing the history of wine in Eger, recent vintages, the story of how Bull's Blood got its name and more.

Of course, there is more to Eger than wine and as usual we give a round up of the events and progams taking place in the 'Baroque Pearl of Hungary' (as the city is sometimes referred to)

September is a great time to come and visit Eger be it for a day, a weekend or longer. Scroll down for information on what's happening this month, and for more on the best restaurants, accommodation and sights in Eger pop over to www.ieger.com. 


Enjoy!

 
September Festivals
The last, big festival of the year - celebrating the bringing in of the grapes and their procesing into wine.
As already mentioned above, September is a busy month in Eger and at its centre is the Harvest Festival in the Valley of the Beautiful Woman but there are other celebrations deserving of your time:
 

 
Antique and Flea Markets
Get your hands on a bargain at one of the five markets in September

Although there are a lot pf places to buy tacky, mass produced souvenirs in Eger, we would recommend trying to get along to one of the antique/flea markets currently the craze in and around the town. You can get a genuine piece of Hungarian craft at a fraction of the price (especially if you haggle) all the while enjoying a unique experience.

 
Autumn in the Bükk National Park
September is a possibly the best month to visit the Bukk National Park

The Bükk National Park is an absolute gem at any time of the year but it really comes into its own in the Autumn.

Established in 1976, it is the largest national park in Hungary and 97% of its area is wooded (Oak, Beech and Hornbeam amongst others) which attracts a huge amount of flora and fauna: no less than 90 different species of nesting birds, all species of bat indigenous to Hungary hang out in the Park's karst caves and beautiful wildflowers grow in the meadows that occasionally interrupt the forest.

September is a particularly good time time to visit the park. As the leaves turn a thousand shades of brown, yellow and orange, it is as if the forest is being consumed by fire. Later, when those same leaves fall to the ground, visibility improves allowing visitors to see all manner of wildlife busy getting ready for the cold months to come.

There are a number of ways to experience the Park, however, we would recommend either walking or hiring a bike for a day or two. Check out these pages for more details.

 

 
The Weather in Eger in September
The grape harvest (hun. szuret ) has always been one of the most important events of the year in Eger, it is a time when families, friends and the community get together to help get the grapes in and ready for pressing

We would normally be saying farewell to the intense heat of August at this time of the year but so far the wetaher hasn't cooled down at all. We are still experiencing 30 degree days with constant, uniterrupted sunshine but the nights are getting markedly cooler.

The forecast is for more of the same, at least for the next week or so and there is talk of there being an Indian summer (or as they call it in Hungary, vénasszonyok nyara which roughly translates as 'old women's summer') lasting well into October - time will tell.

Generally this time of the year, as the month goes on - the weather does get cooler....and wetter. If you're packing to come to Eger, then it would be advisable to bring at least some long sleeve shirts and long trousers, as well as a raincoat and a fleece/warm jumper
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