Pécs (Fünfkirchen in German) is a city in southern Hungary, located about 30km north of the border to Croatia.
It has an interesting historic core, with a number of buildings including some from the Ottoman period (1526-1686). Pécs has 145000 inhabitants.
The area around Pécs has been settled since prehistoric times. The Romans founded the city of Sopianae at the beginning of the 2nd century AD. With the fall of the Roman empire the city passed to the Avars and in the 10th century to the Hungarians. Between 1526 and 1686 Pécs was under Ottoman rule.
The historic core of Pécs is centered around Széchenyi square, a large rectangular square where the Mosque of Pasha Qasim is located. The cathedral of St Peter und Paul dates back to the 4th century, but was reconstructed after the great fire of 1064. The necropolis of Sopianae is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Everywhere in the centre there are Neoclassical style buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
How to get to Pécs
Pécs has an airport which is not in operation and a train station. It can also be reached by car (two hours from Budapest).
There are a number of hotels and pensions, most of them bookable via the international booking portals.