Pécs – City with a Mediterranean Atmosphere

The tiny, curvy and hilly streets of Pécs, the fig trees bearing fruits in the middle of the city, the terraced gardens on the hillside of Mecsek will always remind you of an Italian setting.  

 

This southernmost city of the “Hungarian Mediterranean” has been the birthplace of cultures and arts for 2000 years. The Early Christian Cemetery under the Medieval city center is one of most attractive World Heritage sites of the UNESCO. In the 16th and 17th century Pécs was under Turkish occupation for 150 years. Still the former monumental mosque in the middle of the main square reminds us of that era.

 

Pécs is the birthplace of Viktor Vasarely, the international renowned pioneer of Op-art and abstract geometry. The permanent exhibition of Zsolnay’s ceramics presents the characteristic period of the famous Zsolnay porcelain, the decorative objects that won the Gold Medal at the Paris Word Exhibition of 1878. The Modern Hungarian Gallery is one of the richest collections of Hungarian fin arts of the 19-20th centuries. The exhibition of the life’s work of a unique personality of Hungarian fine arts Tivadar Csontvَary Kosztka is in the Csontvَary Museum. The performances of the National theatre are amusing and attractive year by year.  

 

 Pécs has always been a multicultural city. The German, Croatian, Serbian, and Hungarian communities succeeded to create a unique cultural mix and a lively spirit..

Pécs is also well known for its universities and scientific workshops. This city hosts the oldest and biggest Hungarian university outside Budapest with 26,000 students. Pécs is easily accessible from the Hungarian capital by Intercity train within three hours.

Pécs is an accessible by car or train from the international airports of Budapest or Vienna (Austria).

 There are daily direct flights to Budapest from New York City and other US cities via Frankfurt, London, Paris and Zurich. You can reach  Pécs from the South of Germany or from northern Italy within a day by car.