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Cold winters are best spent in warm places, but if this isn't possible, in interesting cities and caves.

Pecs as an ex-cultural capital of Europe in 2010 and one of the largest Hungarian cities has abundance of things to explore.... charming streets and squares and hills, ceramics, good wines and nice foods, it's a vibrant town of great historic diversity.

It lays in the area inhabited for at least 6000 years as the archeology suggests, different tribes settled laters as well (Illyrian, Panonians, Celtic) and during Roman era it had gained important status in province of Panonnia - it was flourishing commercial town named Sopianae.

Names later changed, of course. Owners of the destiny, too... that's why you'll see all the spectrum from early Christian era (Unesco listed sites) through Ottoman... through communist-shaped... till recent, modern architecture. And ruins. Artefacts in museums.

... travel from Sopianae to present day Pecs

So, to cut the long and very rich history short: have a look at the web site for detailed information and fetch the Pecsi guidebooks from few of the bookshops in town. Unfortunatelly, most detailed written document/ things are always in a native languages, so learn Hungarian very well... (or don't) or simply .... take what it offers in books and brochures and most importantly by your sensual perception.

For start, look here - the site is multi-lingual:

Updated events happening in Pecs can be found at that address:

If it appears a little difficult to grasp virtual reality to follow the events, you can fetch printed Mag in English called Time Out in Pecs, normally available at hotels or frequented tourist spots.

Nevertheless, you can make personal contact with Tourism information centre of Pecs either by visitng their office or their site, they're helpful people.

They say Ppecs has one of the best climates in country and I am glad to belive it till next time I visit - winter is just as cold as anywhere else in Central Europe with Mecsek hill perfectly covered with snow layer.

A thing tempting in that time of a year: visit to spa in nearby places! Thermal water of the deep Panonnian underworld has been long known for their medicinal and relaxation properties - and as you indulge with it, you're intimately in touch with ancient Panonnian sea. Really.

We managed to return to Pecs for our second time at turn of the year of 2011 into 2012, and yet... I am leaving so many things for another visit!
I am impressed by creative energy of the town.
I feel more optimism, but of course things are not only black and white.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:one of 'must sees' in Hungary!
  • Cons:many sights closed in winter, but let's go back one day...
  • In a nutshell:with great reason it was declared 'cultural capital' - this charming Panonnian city
  • Last visit to Pecs: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    fascinating place for me , on a future to visit

    • picek's Profile Photo
      Feb 27, 2015 at 1:47 AM

      yes, it's worth it and i do hope you'll enjiy it as much as we did...

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    thanks for visitng my EGER page; altho 3 wks in Hungary we didn't get to Pecs, so thank you for a great virtual visit!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    Hello, Vesna! Thanks for your interesting and detailed story...I would love to visit this city some day.....

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    This city sounds like a fascinating meeting place of various cultures, languages and religions. The new South Transdanubian Library and Knowledge Centre looks and sounds fascinating, too. It was nice of the guards to unlock the building for you so you could have a look and take photos.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Outstanding page with brilliant photos here. I like the Esperanto park tip. The love lock fence looks very impressive. I have seen this custom in other cities as well, but not with that many locks. I think the idea of these love locks started in Pecs.

    • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
      Sep 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I am in Pecs right now, so I had to reread your excellent page. It is quite sunny and about 26 C here .

    • picek's Profile Photo
      Sep 9, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      Hello Holger :) Good to hear you're enjoying some days in Pecs, now these are maybe last warm days in that part :) Thanks for ratings again, too... good to see that I have been of some use, haha...

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Sem prehitra? :) Po tvojem slikovitem opisovanju in fotografijah sodec je Pecs zares zanimivo in razgibano mesto, z velicastno arhitekturo ter prijetnimi pes ulicami in trgi. Luskan obicaj s kljucavnicami : ) Sedaj ga posnema tudi Mesarski most v LJ.

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