Flights to Pecs
The ancient city of Pecs is Hungary’s fifth largest and it’s located in the south west of the country on the slopes of the Mecsek Mountains. Founded in Roman times, Pecs certainly has a lot of history to offer, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You’ll find the most options for flights to Pecs if you arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (airport code: BUD). You can take one of the daily buses from Budapest to Pecs for the 200 kilometre trip. Iberia has a one-stop flight to Pec through Madrid, and Lufthansa makes their transfer in Munich. If you choose to book with South African Airways, you’ll be going through Cairo. Flights to Pec (arriving in Budapest) are around 18 hours on average.
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The Tourist Attractions of Pecs:
Pecs was founded with a different name by the Romans in the 2nd century and by the 4th century it had become an important Christian centre. It’s the Christian necropolis that is now a World Heritage Site and one of the city’s top attractions, though there’s plenty more to see here too.
Early Christian Necropolis
The Early Christian Necropolis dates from the 4th century and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The necropolis is an important cultural monument and represents just one of the religions that have called the Pecs region home over the centuries. As you wander around Pecs you’ll find so many more examples of religion in the mosques, cathedral, churches, and a synagogue.
Mosque of Pasha Qasim
The Mosque of Pasha Qasim is one of the most important of those religious monuments. It’s actually one of the symbols of the city of Pecs and is located in the city centre on the main square. Although built as a mosque by Pasha Qasim between 1543 and 1546, today it actually serves as a catholic church. The minaret was taken down by the Jesuits in 1766 but even so it’s one of the largest buildings remaining from Ottoman times in Hungary.
Architecture in Pecs
Buildings don’t have to serve an important purpose to be grand and appealing in Pecs. As you wander around the centre of the city you’ll come across many different types of architecture from the different periods. There are important buildings like the Hungarian National Theatre, and the County Hall. The main square, Szechenyi Square, where the mosque is situated offers many lovely buildings ad is a great place to sit for a while.
Museums in Pecs
Pecs is also full of museums if you want to discover more about the culture and history of the city. There are branches of some of the national museums here, including the Hungarian Natural History Museum, and the Ethnographic Museum. Many of the museums in Pecs are dedicated to important people from Hungary’s culture such as the Victor Vasarely Museum, Amerigo Tot Museum, and the Janus Pannonius Museum. Others are dedicated to one of the important industries in Pecs, porcelain, including the Zsolnay Museum.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a fairly constant stream of rainfall across the year in Pecs, though the summer months of May to August have slightly more on average. These are the warmest months too though, so if you come prepared for a rain shower you can enjoy average high temperatures in the mid 20’s C. Temperatures drop off between November and March when it gets a little cool to cold.