Eger is a historic town in northern Hungary which sits just south of the Bükk Mountains. It has been populated since the Stone Age, and has been an important city in Hungary since the time of the first Christian King of Hungary, Stephen I (1000-38). He helped to commission the first of Eger`s cathedrals, which is built on the current site of Eger Castle. The town we know today was built around Eger Castle and fans out in all points west from there. Eger`s history is very intertwined with that of the Ottomans in particular; the Turks ruled Eger for nearly a century and here you can find the northernmost Ottoman minaret in the former empire. While Eger is definitely known for its storied history, it is also well-known as a tourist destination for those looking to relax at thermal spas, and also for those who want to sample delicious Eger wines in both white and red varieties. There are approximately 20 square miles of vineyards located in and around Eger.