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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).
  • The Mosque of Pasha Quasim (Gázi Kászim pasa dzsámija - Belvárosi Plébániatemplom), Széchenyi István square, 2 (Near to Hotel Főnix), ☏ +36 30 474 0175. Built on site and from the stones of Saint Berthold’s gothic church by Pasha Quasim the Victorious, the Turkish character of the church was restored during the most recent, early 1940s renovations. Inside the building, which functions as a Catholic church, frescoes depicting quotes from the Qur’an from the 16th century are visible. The other mosque in the city, built by Yakovali Hassan, is in Kórház Square at the western terminus of the main pedestrian street, and is also open for visit when not in religious use by the city’s Muslim community.
  • Cathedral (Pécsi bazilika és székesegyház), Szent István tér 14 (Right north of Early Christian monuments), ☏ +36 72 513030. The Cathedral of Pécs dates back to the 11th century and the times of Peter Orseolo, second king of Hungary. Bearing the traces of the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance periods as well as the Turkish conquest when it was partially used for storage. It was renovated in Rococo and Classicist styles, but gained its modern form in the 1880s, when it was mostly restored to its imagined Romanesque origins, destroying much of the subsequent decorations. On John Paul II’s papal visit in 1990, the Cathedral gained the rank of Basilica Minor.
  • Archaeological Exhibition (Early Christian Mausoleum, Régészeti Kiállítás), Széchenyi tér 12. (By buses 34, 35 and 36 from the railway station – get off at Barbakán bus stop and walk two minutes through Esze Tamás Street to Szent István Square.), ☏ +36 72 213719, ✉ regeszet@jpm.hu. Apr-Oct: Tu-Su 10:00-17:30; Nov-Mar: Tu W Su 10:00-15:30, F Sa 10:00-16:30. The upper part of the two-storey building was a chapel while the lower part, decorated with murals depicting scenes from the Bible, functioned as a burial chamber. Museum shop. Guide available. Adult Ft 1700, reduced Ft 900. Entrance fee included visiting the Cella Septichora Visitor Centre (2014).
  • House of Arts and Literature (Művészetek és Irodalom Háza), Pécs, Széchenyi tér 7-8, ☏ +36 72 510628, fax: +36 72 510629, ✉ info@pmh.hu. An exhibition hall different - mostly contemporary - exhibitions in 'Elaphat building complex' in the Hoitsy house (late Baroque, end of the 18th century), and the Piatsek house (second half of the 19th century).
  • Csontváry Museum (Csontváry Múzeum), Janus Pannonius u. 11. (Centre), ☏ +36 72 310544. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. This museum houses the largest collection of visionary painter Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry. A pharmacist by trade, Csontváry became a self-educated painter after receiving a vision at the age of 27 with a voice announcing “you will be the greatest sunway painter, greater than Raphael!” Gradually abandoning his civilian profession, he travelled the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East as well as the Dual Monarchy for inspiration, and painted strange vistas of vivid colour in a unique style that has traces of post-impressionism and expressionism, but defies classification. Csontváry has been praised by Dalí as the second greatest painter of the century after himself. A must-see. Ft 1200.

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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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Eat

  • Addo Cafe, Kossuth Square. Modern bistro. A seasonal selection, mostly lighter dishes prepared from fresh ingredients. Outstanding service & coffee. Three-course menu approx. Ft 2500-3500, daily offer Ft 1300.
  • Kolibri restaurant, Hunyadi Str. (above the tunnel). Small one-man restaurant. Very narrow but inspiring menu characterised by simplicity and the good use of green spices; excellent desserts.
  • Crystal restaurant. Elegant, modern restaurant in Citrom street opposite post office; small interior yard in good weather. Broad variety of dishes, mainly Italian and Hungarian; a good bet for lighter fare. Regular tasting menu offers based on seasonal availability. Service friendly and informal; region-exclusive wine selection narrow but good. Three-course meal approx. Ft 3000–5000.
  • Bagolyvár restaurant. Spacious hotel and restaurant on Havihegy with unique folk art-inspired organic architecture, charming collection of pottery and antique household objects; splendid view of the city from open-air terrace. Mainly a selection of traditional dishes, typically served in abundant portions; a separate range of Transylvanian Székely specialties and superb homemade strudels. Three-course meal approx. Ft 3000–5000.
  • Caesar Pince restaurant (next to the cathedral). This special restaurant with a more exclusive atmosphere is situated in the same building as the Pannonia Champagne Factory, and shows you the beauty of the old Roman cellars.
  • Tettye restaurant. 19th-century restaurant on Tettye Hill with large interior and beer garden. Danubian Swabic specialties include lung and liver casserole with bread dumplings, cabbage and beans with spare ribs and goose leg with onion-potato garnish. Portions of main dishes are excessive and should not be underestimated. Somewhat old-fashioned with both virtues and flaws of traditional cooking. Three-course meal approx. Ft 2500–3000. edit
  • Sir Khan restaurant, intersection of Citrom street and Irgalmasok str.. Indian restaurant. Relatively mild use of spices to suit local clientele; ask for more if hotter tastes are preferred.
  • Replay Cafe - A wide variety of dishes; grill.
  • Arizona restaurant. Serves excellent beef steak.
  • Semiramis Cafe. Cafe with a good selection of Arabica coffee, chocolates and assorted sweets.
  • Makár Óbester Étterem, ☏ +36 30 493 7016, +36 30 979 1600 (wedding info), ✉ etterem@hotelmakar.hu. 07:00-10:00 and 14:00-22:00. A restaurant is in a quiet green area, a few minutes away from the University of Pécs and 2.2 km from the historical city-centre. It offers a variety of Hungarian and International cuisine. The restaurant has 150 seats, in connection with barbecue terrace, banquet hall, tavern, park. €8-16.
  • Enoteca Corso (next to the National Theatre and accessible from the city centre.). Serves nouvelle cuisine with a fusion of French, Italian and Hungarian influences, as well as affordable bistro dishes. Terrace open in warm weather. Wine list not excessively long but edited with a sure touch and includes the best of the region. five-course tasting menu approx. Ft 11,000 with wines; three-course bistro meal Ft 3500–7000; noon menu on weekdays Ft 990-2100.

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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.

  • Ananas Hostel (Ananas Hostel szállás), Erzsébet Street, 2/2 (East 1km), ☏ +36 70 4593008, ✉ ananashostel@gmail.com. Between the new cultural center and the old city wall. The house has a small garden with place for tents, campfire, outside cooking, tulips and roses. Hostel rooms: 1 mixed dormitory room with 6 beds, 2 private rooms with 2-2 beds, 3 places for tent. - 23.9 / 6.9 reception. Bike rental. Free Wi-fi. Common bed room, hostel dorm Ft 3,000; single/double/triple/quad Ft 6000/8000/12 000/14 000. Apartment with kitchen and bathroom: Ft 5000 p.p.. edit
  • Boszorkany Hostel (Boszorkány kolesz), Boszorkány út 2. (NW 0.6km - 'Rokusdomb quarter' - It is at the foot of Mecsek Hill and it takes a 10-minute walk to get to the city center, but you can get there by taking bus no. 30, no. 32 and no. 37 which ones leave from the local railway station), ☏ +36 72 512640, ✉ info@pecs-hostel.hu. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 10:00. Student dormitory open to travellers in July and August. Every two double rooms share a bathroom, a toilet and a fridge. Every room has broadband internet access for free: 100Mbit/sec. You can park your car here for free, too - just a few minutes far from the center. Single/double Ft 5500/7000, two-bed dorm Ft 4000 p.p.
  • Central apartment (Lóránt apartman), Széchenyi tér 2 (Center), ☏ +36 20 9402222, ✉ info@pecsiszallashely.hu. It is a nice apartment with fully equipted kitchen and bathroom. Wifi, Tv. Single/double From Ft 7500/10000.
  • Hunyor-Hostel (Hunyor Kollégium), Jurisics Miklós St., 16. (Bus 32 or 36 close to Boszorkany Hostel), ☏ +36 30 9279791, ✉ hunyor@pte.hu. Only Jul-Sep - 50 double rooms. Two-bed dorm Ft 3900 p.p., Single/double Ft 5400/6900.
  • Nap Hostel Pecs, Király utca 23-25 (Center), ☏ +36 72 950684, ✉ info@naphostel.com. Is in the main pedestrian street of the historic city centre. The hostel is in a building of eclectic architecture built in 1885. The rooms are spacious and colourful, the bathrooms are modern and there is a fully equipped kitchen for you to use. From the balcony, you can have a beautiful panoramic view of the whole city and of the Mecsek Mountains. Mobile: +36 30 2770733 8/6-bedded room (bunk beds, shared bathroom), €10/13. - 6-bed room (standard beds,shared bathroom) €15, double with shared bathroom €44/room.
  • Berg Toboz Pension, Fenyves sor 5., ☏ +36 20 3337040, ✉ info@tobozpanzio.hu. Is in a quiet calm and decent place in the greenbelt out off the downtown on the hill. Free Parking, WiFi. Single/double/triple Ft 7000/10 000/13 000; Breakfast Ft 1000.
  • Agoston hotel (Ágoston Hotel), Ágoston square (from the railway station: take the bus 38 or 38/ A to 'Ágoston square'), ☏ +36 72 212893, +36 72 510496, fax: +36 72 212893, ✉ info@agostonhotel.hu. Rooms for 40 people. Shower bath, toilet, air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, Internet connection (Wi-fi), hair dryer, medical mattresses; spare bed. Single/double/triple/quad €35/49/60/75.
  • Hotel Főnix (Főnix Szálló), Hunyadi út 2 (In the center (20 m from Széchenyi Square)), ☏ +36 72 311-680, +36 70 6473161, ✉ sales@fonixhotel.com. Ideal for families and for business travelers as well. 13 rooms. Single/double/triple/Family room (2-4 people) Ft 8000/14 000/17 000/14 000-22 000.
  • Delanta Pension, Komlói út, 30 (At the crossroads of Budapest-Komló. Around 3 km east from center), ☏ +36 72 538 111, fax: +36 72 538110, ✉ delanta@delanta.hu. The pension has 14 rooms, a smaller and a bigger family-apartment, and a closed parking possibility. Single Ft 7500-10 000, double Ft 8400-11 000, all tax included.
  • Hotel Laterum (Laterum Konferencia és Wellness Hotel), Hajnóczy József utca 37-39 (W 2.5 km close to the Third Theatre of Pécs), ☏ +36 72 252113, fax: +36 72 252131, ✉ recepcio@laterum.hu. In the western part of Pécs. Hotel Laterum has been a provider of youth- and group tourism for over 15 years, while also serving as a meeting place for both international and domestic conferences, various events, weddings. Single/double from Ft 14 000/22 000.
  • Hotel Rácz, Kálvária utca 6 (east 500 m), ☏ +36 72 510 067. In the Historian City in the neighborhood of the Castlewall. Just a few minutes from the city, along the road #6 and it is also easy to access with public transport. Single/double from Ft 8000/14000.
  • Arkadia Hotel (Árkádia Szálloda), Hunyadi út 1. (Center), ☏ +36 72 512550, fax: +36 72 512551, ✉ info@hotelarkadiapecs.hu. LCD TV, telephone, bathroom, key card lock, air conditioned, minibar, high speed internet access, Wi-Fi Single/double Ft 16 500/20 000.
  • Hotel Fenyves Panoráma, Szőlő u. 64 (north 1 km from center), ☏ +36 72 211429, fax: +36 72 315996, ✉ hotel@hotelfenyves.hu. A family atmospheric three-star hotel, which is on the hillsides of Mecsek by the pine forest, right above the centre of the town. Single/double Ft 12 000-18 000/23 000, suite Ft 46 000.
  • Hotel Makár Sport & Wellness, Középmakár dűlő 4 (west 1.5km), ☏ +36 72 224400, +36 30 4009252, ✉ reservation@hotelmakar.hu. Most of the rooms can have spare beds so the biggest capacity reaches 100. All the rooms are at high standard, equipped with modern furniture, bathroom, air-conditioning, minibar, cable television and telephone. From €55/66 (standard room 3-star), from €75/96 (superior room 4-star).
  • Hotel Therapia (Hunguest Hotel Kikelet, Art & Fit Hotel, Restaurant and Wellness), Málics Ottó út 1 (North one km from center. Next to Hotel Fenyves Panoráma), ☏ +36 72 510 125, ✉ info@hoteltherapia.com. At one of the most scenic spots of the Mecsek Mountains, directly above the downtown of Pécs. The hotel offers a unique view onto the town and the neighbouring hills. Single/double Ft 23 500-30 000/27 500-35 000.
  • Hotel Sopianae (Boutique Hotel Sopianae), Felsőmalom str. 24, ☏ +36 72 517770, fax: +36 72 517779, ✉ info@hotelsopianae.hu. Mobile: +36 30 637-8444 - free facilities: internet connection in each room, fitness equipments, at request breakfast room service. - Additional facilities: half board dinner (at the nearby Fiáker Restaurant), closed parking, sauna, bathrobe, biliard room, massage, laundry. Single/double/triple Ft 13 500-18 000/19 000-21 300, suite Ft 21 000/24 000.

Puchner Castle Hotel (Puchner Kastély), Rákóczi Ferenc Ut. 22 (in Bikal), ☏ +36 72 459 546, fax: +36 72 459 549.

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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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