A university city with an ancient history, founded by the Romans and passing though the hands of Charlemagne, the Ottoman Turks, the Croats and the Viennese. European Capital of Culture in 2010, Pecs has much to offer those who want to explore beyond the capital. I am slightly biased, as my family is from here but it's worth a trip if you want to get away from the hustle of Budapest and is much better value! Cultural highlights include the museums of the painters Vasarely and Csontvary, and the Art Nouveau Zsolnay ceramics. A compact city centre with Kiraly Street offering restaurants, cafes and bars, the student population ensures a laid back and relaxed atmosphere. Situated on a plain sheltered from northern winds by the Mecsek Hills, Pécs enjoys an extended summer and produces fine wines and beers. Good train connections from Budapest and Vienna.
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