A Mediterranean city

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Pécs is located in the south of Hungary - 228 km from Budapest. It is easily reachable from the capital - the train ride takes approximately 3 hours. The unique atmosphere of Pécs is largely determined by the fact that it is a university city with more than thirty five thousand national and international students studying at the University of Pécs. The city centre, with its ancient Christian remains from the Roman years, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 by UNESCO.

The city is famous for its colorful roof tiles created by a local craftsman called Vilmos Zsolnay. Numerable sights in the city bear his name including fountains, statues, and a museum that have either been made by him or have been dedicated to him. The main square is dominated by the Pasha Kasim Mosque - the most important reminder of the Ottoman occupation.
The mosque, however, functions today as a Roman Catholic parish. Other significant sights of the square are the Statue of  the Holy Trinity and that of János Hunyadi riding a horse. The latter one is a commonly used meeting point by the locals - we often say "let's meet by the horse". 

For those who enjoy hiking Mecsek hills provide many trails - takes less than half an hour to reach the bottom of the hills from the centre. On the top you find the TV tower which gives a breathtaking view over the city and the region. The more adventurous ones can even hike over the hills where they will find three lakes. The less adventurous ones can choose a half-an-hour bus ride instead of the four-hour-hike :)

In this region you also find some of the finest wine producing places in Hungary - there are organized wine tasting tours which should not be missed if you want to acquaint yourself with the local tastes. If you can try to visit during the harvest season when there are festivals all over the country. You can enjoy that heavenly liquid - wine :) -  while listening to Hungarian folk music and watch folk dances. That will give you the chance to experience Hungarian culture in depth.

So if you visit Hungary do spend time in our beautiful capital but take the time to have a look at the countryside as well! You won't regret i promise! :) 

s_kreft says:
ive been last year to hungary only to pecs. maby next time.
Posted on: Jan 08, 2011
travelingJacq says:
I will have to go back to Hungary again as I was only in the capital for a day 2010. Was meeting up with a group of people to travel with and I would like to see more of your country! Very nice photos and you promote your home well!! :-}
Posted on: Jan 07, 2011
sweettangerine says:
Thanks for taking the time to promote your lovely city. Your pictures surely put me in the mood for going!
Posted on: Jun 22, 2010
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Main square
Main square
The Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kaseem by…
The Mosque of Pasha Gazi Kaseem b…
Statue of the Holy Trinity in Szé…
Statue of the Holy Trinity in Sz…
The Church and the Hospital of the…
The Church and the Hospital of th…
Zsolnay well
Zsolnay well
City Hall
City Hall
Hotel Nádor
Hotel Nádor
Zsolnay Well
Zsolnay Well
The Cathedral
The Cathedral
Barbican
Barbican
The Mosque and Minaret of Yakovali…
The Mosque and Minaret of Yakoval…
The Statue of Saint Francis of Ass…
The Statue of Saint Francis of As…
The bath of pasha Memi
The bath of pasha Memi
The Statue of Vilmos Zsolnay
The Statue of Vilmos Zsolnay
Postal Palace
Postal Palace
Remains of the city wall
Remains of the city wall
The Synagogue
The Synagogue
National Theatre
National Theatre
Fountain in front of the Theatre
Fountain in front of the Theatre
The Church of Saint Augustine
The Church of Saint Augustine
The türbe of Idris baba
The türbe of Idris baba
Zsolnay Mausoleum
Zsolnay Mausoleum
Maria Street
Maria Street
Roof of the postal palace
Roof of the postal palace
Detail of the Zsolnay well
Detail of the Zsolnay well
Detail of the Zsolnay well - Pécs…
Detail of the Zsolnay well - Péc…
World War II memorial
World War II memorial
Citrom (means lemon :D) Street
Citrom (means "lemon" :D) Street
Tüke fountain
"Tüke" fountain
Fountain in Jókai Square
Fountain in Jókai Square
Fountain detail - near the Theatre
Fountain detail - near the Theatre
Király (king) Street
Király ("king") Street
Another Zsolnay well detail
Another Zsolnay well detail
Sisters - statue in Jókai Square
Sisters - statue in Jókai Square
view of Pécs
view of Pécs
Highest building in the city - it…
Highest building in the city - it…
Cathedral from above
Cathedral from above
Theatre Square
Theatre Square
view from the top of the TV tower
view from the top of the TV tower
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