ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE: ROMAN TOMB CHAPEL
The Late Roman and early Christian cemetery complex. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Hungary, like Budapest, the city of Pécs can boast the fact that almost every major historical period has left its unique mark on the fabric of the city. This exceptionally rich historical, religious and cultural background, and the ever-changing multicultural diversity that sprung from the civilisation being located at the meeting point of some major routes near the river Danube, provides the essence of present-day Pécs and makes it unique in Europe.
Today, the territory of the late Roman, early Christian cemetery from Antiquity is already part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. The contemporary city walls, the Episcopal Palace with the Cathedral, and the first University of Hungary represent monuments of the Middle Ages. The following period was the Turkish Age, which was succeeded by the Ottoman occupation, which, as well as destruction, brought the construction of many magnificent buildings, including numerous mosques and baths that further diversified the cityscape. The Golden Age of the Modern era can be recalled through the splendid civic housing, public buildings and structures belonging to the legacy of the Zsolnay Porcelain Factory, which was established in the 19th century and has since become world famous.
The constructed heritage sites of Pécs convey an architectural, historical and religious fabric of information that is also related to the fine arts and the townscape. The primary value of this cultural complex is that it provides encoded information of several historical eras. The conscious and versatile heritage management, as well as the creative sensibility towards novelty is both coherent and mutually strengthening and is one of the main appeals of Pécs, both culturally and from a tourism perspective.
Where to sleep and eat
Corso Hotel ****
If you would like to spend your time in a modern, stylish four-star hotel in a central location in Pécs, with numerous cultural programs nearby, then your choice should be the Corso Hotel. This hotel, with 81 standard and superior rooms, as well as impressive suites offers a pleasant stay in well-appointed rooms. Free tea and coffee making facilities are available in each room. The Corso Restaurant and Café offers a variety of food and drinks throughout the day. For business guests and event organization, this perfect venue is available for workshops, conferences, team building and receptions, but is also an ideal location for weddings and gala dinners and receptions. The hotel is close to the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter as well as the Kodály Center, where numerous concerts are held.
Eozin Corso Restaurant
Located in the middle of King Street, right next to the National Theatre, the Eozin Corso Restaurant is the perfect spot to have a great meal in the heart of Pecs. Two levels of the restaurant can serve up to 100 people while, during the summer, when the terrace is open, the capacity rises to 200. Besides typical Hungarian dishes, like bean gulash or roasted goose liver, guests of the restaurant can enjoy international cuisine, such as Italian pastas or different types of steaks. The restaurant interior is filled with cultural and artistic themes and symbols, matching the atmosphere of the neighboring theatre. It is suitable for the organization of various events, from sports viewing and birthday parties, as well as business meetings. Part of the restaurant offer also includes the N-Eozin Corso Restaurant with a capacity of 300 people, offering delicious grilled food and a great panoramic view of the city.
Situated in Baranja county, right next to the Croatian border, the city of Villany represents the center of the most important wine region in Hungary. Characterised by vineyard landscapes, the offer of the Villany Wine Region is wrapped around many wine cellars that offer unforgettable oenological and gastronomical experiences. One such winery is Bock, located in the heart of Villany. The winery is situated inside the complex of the Hotel Ermitage, which, besides serving great wines and food, also offers a great opportunity to relax in its wellness and spa center. The winery has a restaurant and wine tasting room, while the most exciting part of the visit is a guided tour of the wine cellar. While in the cellar, look out for the circular zodiac sign at the floor of one of the chambers. By standing in the middle of the circle, or on the opposite Zodiac signs, you can experience the extraordinary auditory characteristics of the chamber. Wine lovers can enjoy the Sauvignon Blanc, Olaszrizling, Chardonnay, Portugieser, Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir and many other top wines.
HOW TO REACH PECS
Trains run from Budapest’s Keleti or Deli station to Pecs Railway Station
Daily buses run from Budapest and Zagreb
From Budapest via M6 (238 km), Osijek via Route 58 (90 km), from Zagreb E70/Route 6 (221 km) and from Belgrade via A1/E75 (327 km). From Zagreb via D36 or E70 and E36 (60 km), or from Osijek via E70 (243 km).
Tel: +36 72 213-315
Address: Széchenyi tér 1.