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Introduction

Pecs

Pecs

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Pecs is a city in the south of Hungary, not to far away from the borders with Croatia and Serbia. Although Pecs is the 4th largest city of Hungary, the centre where you can find all of the monumental buildings are easily explored on foot. The city is home to some of the best remaining monuments of the Muslim era in Hungary. On the main square you will find the largest mosque to survive from that era in Hungary, and a bit further the only mosque that still has the minaret in place. The cathedral is also worth a look.

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Sights and Activities

Remains of Sopianae, the Roman city of some 8-10,000 people in Pannonia Province, are found at several points below the inner city. The most important one is the Early Christian Necropolis, a World Heritage site dating back to the 4th century and the largest necropolis remaining in the European provinces. Currently, seven of the burial chambers are open to the public under the name Cella Septichora; the main visitors’ complex includes Cella Septichora, the Peter-Paul Chamber (Péter-Pál - sírkamra), the Chamber of Jugs (Korsós sírkamra), a baptismal chapel converted into a burial site and chambers III, IV, XIX and XX. Many of the chambers are unadorned; some have surviving figurative and geometric frescoes dating back to the date of their construction and similar to Roman catacomb paintings in their style and symbology, including the St. Peter and Paul Chamber with one of the earliest depictions of Virgin Mary. A unique feature of the site is the presence of two-level chambers, which originally served a dual role for both burial site (cubiculum) and ceremonies (memoria).

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Weather

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Getting There

By Plane

Pécs Airport opened in 2006 and currently there are year-round flights to Corfu in Greece. There are no timetabled, domestic flights operating in Hungary at present.

By Train

Trains run several times a day between Budapest and Pecs, and take around 3 hours to arrive in Pecs. From the train station it is a 10-15 minutes walk to the centre of town.

By Car

The M6 connect Budapest and Pecs until the last kilometers where the M6 becomes the M60 (near Moharc).

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

City buses survice the city and the surroundings.

By Foot

The city centre is easily explored on foot.

By Bike

There are bike lanes in Pecs, and as it is not so busy, apart from the ring road around the center, a bike is good way to get around.

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Drink

Even in a country of oenophiles, Pécs is known for its wines and sparkling wines. The famous wine of the Mecsek hills is called cirfandli.

In the early evening students gather in Király street, Széchenyi square, and Kossúth square in the city centre. For late night clubbing you should ask the taxi drivers at Kossúth tér where to go. They are the most up-to-date source about night life. Bars close around midnight, while clubs are open until around 4 or 5 in the morning.

Although beer is not as important culturally as in Germany or in the Czech republic, these days younger generation drinks more beer than wine. Pécs has its local beer Szalon and Pécsi beer.

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Sleep

Private rooms and apartments are widely available. There's also a number of small hotels in the centre. Enquire at the tourist office.

During the summer months some student dormitories open for foreign visitors, this is the cheapest accommodation.

Upscale

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Learn

Pécs is a very active city, partially because of its educational base. The University of Pécs offers wide range of programs including Arts, Economics and Business Administration, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Music, Pharmacy, Life Sciences and Education. Throughout the year students from all around Hungary and around the world come here to study.

The city also has a wide range of high school programs, most of which are highly specialized in areas such as humanities, sciences and engineering and more.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Broadband Internet access is now widespread in Hungary. It's quite usual to find free Internet access (wifi) in shopping centers, many cafes and pubs. You'll have wifi access even in small towns. Look for the "wifi" signs, you may have to ask for the access password, however, if you consume, it will be freely given. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks have free wifi as well. Internet cafes, though still present, are decreasing in numbers because of increasing wifi excess.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. To call internationally, dial 00, wait for the tone and then dial the country code, town/city code and the rest of the number.

The phone code for Hungary is 36, with Budapest numbers starting with 06 1. Depending on the operator, mobile phone numbers start either with 06 20 (Pannon), 06 30 (T-Mobile) or 06 70 (Vodafone). Free numbers start with 06 80, but there is also a 'half price' number starting with 06 40. It is cheapest to place calls in the evening, weekends or on public holidays.

Public phones are readily available in bigger cities and are coin operated or require T-Com phone cards. Phone cards can be purchased at the usual outlets; kiosks, post offices and petrol stations among others.

There are also numerous cheap phone cards to call internationally and are available at assorted outlets. These includes T-Com, EZ Phone, Bellafone and plenty of others offering various discount rates. It's smart to check the current rate to the destination you plan to call the most and compare this with other cards. Also compare the cost for establishing a connection as this can make a big difference in the real 'per minute' cost.

Travellers that are planning to stay in Hungary for longer periods might want to consider buying a prepaid SIM-card either before departure or upon arrival. This is especially useful for friends from overseas who might be calling you and to make and receive local calls more conveniently. The three mobile operators in Hungary are Vodafone, Pannon and T-Mobile, and each have their own prepaid service.

Post

Magyar Post is the national postal service of Hungary. Their English version only seems to concentrate on stamps though, but you will find helpfull English speaking staff in most of the main post offices throughout the country. Opening hours of post offices depend on whether it’s the main office or if it’s a branch. Main post offices operate mostly from 8:00am until 8:00pm Monday to Friday and usually also on Saturday; some keep shorter hours on Sunday. Branch post offices open at the same time but close much earlier, usually between 4:00pm and 6:00pm and are open on Saturday morning only. The smallest settlements and villages are served by the MobilPosta service. You can buy post your letter and parcels here and buy stamps, although you can buy these at kiosks as well. Hungarian postal services are generally reliable, relatively cheap (especially domestic services) and fast, with most of the postcards and/or letters being delivered within a week to other European countries, 10 days to several weeks outside of the continent. Anything of value is best to be send by registered post. For parcels, you might also use international companies like TNT, FedEx, UPS or DHL.

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Accommodation in Pecs

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