Pécs city guide
The university city Pécs is located in the south-west of Hungary, close to its border with Croatia. Pécs has been selected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2010 sharing the title together with Essen and Istanbul. The city's motto will be: "The Borderless City". Due to it southern location the city is blessed with a Mediterranean climate and atmosphere. The region is famous for its sparkling wines and the local champagne factory is one of the tourist attractions. A good example of the city’s rich history can be felt on the main square, where you can visit the Gazi Kasim Mosque, which was consecrated as a church after the retreat of the Ottoman Turks centuries ago. It serves now as the Roman Catholic city church (belvárosi templom). Pécs has still important remains of Turkish architecture, with the ruins of Memi Pasa’s Baths and the mausoleum of miracle worker Idris Baba. Other interesting sites are the Cathedral, the Hungarian Bishop's Palace, the Barbakán Tower and the University of Pécs including a Botanic Garden.
The combination of the Mediterranean atmosphere, the nice summer climate and the large number of students will make your stay in Pécs very enjoyable. During hot summers day it is very enjoyable to stroll along the promenade and the open-air restaurants and cafés of the main street Király utca. Viewing the city panorama from Harkány, the traveller could feel he is in the hills of Toscana or Umbria. A great night views of the city can be enjoyed from the Mount Mecsek.