Most tourists to Hungary flock to Budapest. In this series we will put together a range of daytrip getaways from the capital to encourage visitors to explore more of Hungary. First up, Pécs!
Located in Southwest Hungary, Pécs is nestled amongst the Mecsek Mountains. It was founded by the Romans as the city of Sopianae and since then it has been influenced by Christian and Muslim cultures. Its rich cultural history earned the city the European Capital of Culture designation in 2010.
How to get there
For a day trip the best way to get to Pécs is by car or train. The drive itself takes around 2 hours. The train takes 2.5-3 hours each way and leaves from Budapest Keleti station. From Pécs station visitors can choose to either walk to the city centre or catch a bus. Tickets can be bought on the bus and do not require the purchase of a travel card.
Things to see
A 5 minute walk away is an early Christian burial chapel. Dating to the Roman period, that area of the city was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Walk to the Barbican. The Barbican is a circular bastion built in the 15th century to defend against invasions. In addition to being an important historical site, it has great views of the surrounding city as well.
Where to eat
Try the restaurants in the historic downtown area and Széchenyi tér. Here you can find pleasant outdoor eating areas and may even hear a musical performance!