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Sightseeing in Pecs - what to see. Complete travel guide

Some places in the world are very hard to abandon. You want to visit them again and again. The enchanting city of Pecs in Hungary is one of such settlements. There is a tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain or touching a sculpture before leaving in order to return to the place that you like again. In Pecs, this tradition is slightly different – tourists hang locks and throw the keys as far as they can so no one can find them. There is a simple explanation for such an appeal to this Hungarian city. Pecs is an old city with a rich heritage and numerous architectural landmarks.
This Hungarian city was founded approximately two thousand years ago. However, archaeological excavations prove that there was a Celtic settlement on this site long before our age. The city had another name during the Roman period – Sopianae. When the Roman Empire fell, barbaric tribes and then the Avars invaded the region. Starting from the 11th century, Pecs turned into one of the leading Hungarian centers and a bishop’s residence. In 1526, during the Battle of Mohács, the Turkish army captured and plundered the city. Seventeen years later, the Ottomans became the new rulers in Pecs. All churches in the city were transformed into mosques.
Pecs was finally liberated from the Turkish rule in 1686. Soon after that, the city joined the Habsburg Empire. This is when Slavs and Germans started settling in the area. The Serbian Army captured Pecs during World War I. The decade after the end of World War I was crucial for the destiny of the whole country. The status of the city was questionable for a long time but Pecs remained a Hungarian territory in the end. World War II didn’t inflict any sufficient damage to Pecs. That is why the city started developing actively and growing in size as soon as the war ended. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Pecs Cathedral or officially the Sts. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Basilica is the signature landmark of the Hungarian city. The first chapel on this site was built yet at the end of the fourth century. Later, the modest chapel was rebuilt into an early Christian cathedral. The Romanesque cathedral was built in 1064 after the fire had destroyed the former church. The Sts. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Basilica changed its look significantly during the Middle Ages because it was decided to add two sixty-meter-tall towers. Later, a Gothic chapel appeared during one of the renovations. The Turkish occupation that started in 1543 and lasted almost one hundred and fifty years harmed the cathedral’s condition.
A large-scale restoration of the sacred building started at the beginning of the 19th century. The cathedral slightly changed its look as the central façade got neoclassic details. When looking at this part of the shrine, it feels like it is going straight into the sky. Twelve statues of apostles installed above the façade decorate the cathedral. Nowadays, the total length of the Sts. Peter and Paul's Cathedral Basilica is roughly seventy meters, and its width is twenty meters. The inner décor of the church is still in the post-Romanesque style, and the cathedral’s layout is medieval.
Tourists with children are always interested in visiting attractions suitable for kids. In August 1962, a narrow-gauge railway opened in Pecs. Nowadays, this railway is also famous as the Children’s Railway. Local workers decided to build the railroad to offer free entertainment for local children and kids of the city’s guests. This is a great way to explore the local nature. The length of the narrow-gauge railway is only six hundred meters. This is the shortest railway in Hungary. Nevertheless, the railway works all year round, offering an interesting journey to small visitors. Needless to say, children adore taking a short ride from the zoo to the amusement park on the small train.
Every spring and autumn, a festival dedicated to young workers of the railroad takes place in Pecs. This is the best time to try different amusements for free, watch interesting theatrical shows by local actors, and attend performances of not only experienced but also beginner actors. During the event, a small camp for the railroad workers opens in the city park. Children are welcome to not only relax here but also learn more about the railways and their functioning. Participants have a wonderful opportunity to find out the secrets of this profession and even try to become a train operator.
To get to Pecs in the most comfortable way, consider reaching Budapest first. The capital of Hungary has a large international airport with frequent flights to many countries of the world. There are daily buses to Pecs directly from the airport. The slowest bus reaches Pecs in four hours, and the rest arrive in the destination city in just three hours. At the airport, tourists can always rent a car for the period of their vacation in Hungary or use the taxi.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Pecs
♥   Castle 'Siklós Castle' , 25 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Szigetvár Castle' , 33.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Prandau-Normann Castle' , 48.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Simontornya Castle' , 79.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Eltz Manor Croatia' , 99.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Pecs
♥   Forest Park 'Jankovac' , 74.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Papuk' , 77.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Golubinjak' , 100.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Kiskunsági' , 112.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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