This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Pécs. To help you make friends with Pécs before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Pécs is the fifth-largest city of Hungary with more than one hundred and fifty thousand people and the center of Baranya County. It is located near the Croatian border. Pécs is one of the most beautiful cities in Hungary; its location at the foot of the Mecsek Mountains and the numerous monuments give the place a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere, and unlike other destinations, it is not infested by foreign tourists so you can enjoy a great authentic Hungarian city.
Pécs is one of the oldest cities in Hungary, having a settlement from prehistoric times. It was ruled consecutively by Romans, Germans, and Hungarians before it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the middle of the sixteenth century. Pécs was under Turkish rule for almost one hundred and fifty years before it was fought back by the Habsburg Empire. The more interesting sights in the city are the Cathedral from the eleventh century, rebuilt in the nineteenth century with decorative paintings by the German painter Karl Christian Andreae; the Bishop's Palace; the Episcopal Library; the Barbakán (fortified tower); the National Theatre of Adolf Lang and Antal Steinhardt, opened in the late nineteenth century; the Gazi Mosque Khassim, rebuilt as a Christian church; the Csontvary Museum; the Vasarely Museum; the Zsolnay Museum; and the Modern Hungarian Gallery.
There are more than enough hostels in Pécs for a city of its size. Especially, bearing in mind, that is by far not as popular a tourist destination as Budapest. Pécs hostels are open all year long, although the best season to visit the city is the summer where you can fully enjoy its parks. Hostels in Pécs are very good and they are likely to satisfy the regular backpacker. Moreover, prices of hostels in Pécs are quite low. Pécs hostels are spread out through the city and you can choose where you would like to stay.
Written by local enthusiast for Pécs hostelsGeorge Traveller