Pecs, Hungary

Pecs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is a pleasant small (but still one of the largest in Hungary) university town that has largely escaped the ravages of both communist-era architecture and modern-day mass tourism. In 2000, the Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2010.

Attractions in Pecs include its Early Christian Monuments. 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, the Chamber of Jugs, a baptismal chapel converted into a burial site and chambers III, IV, XIX and XX.

Things to See & Do

* Early Christian monuments
* The Mosque of Pasha Quasim
* Csontvary Museum
* The Cathedral
* Main Square

General Information

Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Forint (HUF)
Language – Hungarian
Land Area – 162.61 km²
Population – 157,725 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 36

Travel Links - Pecs 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.

Numerous buses from all directions (including from cities in northern Croatia) serve the city. Buses to Budapest's Nepliget station operate numerous times daily.

There are frequent trains to Pécs from Budapest's Déli or Keleti station. The trip can be as fast as 2:40 on an express, but several hours longer by local clunker.

There is also a daily, daylight-hours train to/from Osijek in Croatia and Sarajevo in Bosnia (up until late 2006, this ran as an overnight service in both directions), and a daily train to the city from Vienna.

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