Pecs Tourism

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The historical city of Pecs is situated in south-west Hungary on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains near the border of Croatia. It’s the fifth largest city of Hungary and the economical and administrative centre of the Baranya County. Pecs’ tourism invites visitors to explore its natural bounty and dazzling nightlife!

It was founded by the Romans all the way back in the 2nd century and was called Sopianae and was an important Christian city. However, before the Roman era, the area of Pecs was occupied by the Celts. In the 1500s, the city came under the rule of the Ottomans and all churches were then destroyed and converted into mosques.

Now, with the history of wars and sieges behind it, the city is considered a religious and cultural melting pot with many Hungarians, Croatians and Danube Swabians living together in peace and harmony. In fact, the city’s tolerance towards different culture is world-renowned. It even won the UNESCO Cities for Peace prize in 1998 for its assistance of refugees of the Balkan wars. Its motto is ‘borderless city’. The city is famous for its religious and historical sites like the Early Christian Mausoleum which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pecs also has a large student community as it is home to the University of Pecs.

With a mild and pleasant climate almost all year round, Pecs is a peaceful and enjoyable city to visit. Don’t let the calmness of the day fool you though. Pecs has a vibrant nightlife that rivals that of Budapest. The city is also famous for its delicious wines which are worth trying when you’re visiting.

Pecs Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Pecs tips for your visit

  • If you’re travelling by bus, be sure that you are carrying your ticket. It doesn’t matter if you are a clueless foreign traveller. You will be heavily fined!
  • Communication might be a bit of a problem with shopkeepers and pharmacists as most of them speak Hungarian.
  • Taxi drivers are well-versed with the nightlife in Pecs. They can be a great guide if you’re looking to go to popular night spots of the city.
  • Even though Pecs is a safe city even at night, keep your wallet in a safe location because pickpocketing is a hazard.
  • Pecsi Sorfozde is a brewery in Pecs that produces a special draught beer served only in one restaurant in the entire country: the Cellarium. It is a must-try.
  • Tap water all over the city is drinkable.
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Facts and Stats for Pecs*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pecs

    Know the pollution level of Pecs before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Pecs: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Pecs for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pecs.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 29.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 50 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.83 (Moderate)
  • Living in Pecs - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Pecs is 143.99 (High)

    • Safety Index 58.65 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 82.48 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 43.68 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 10 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 43.26 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.56 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.09 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 36.52 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Pecs

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pecs

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.13 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.15 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.88 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.23 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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