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Nagyvarad utca 23, Pecs, 7623, Hungary
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Which one? Budapest to Keszthely or Budapest to Pecs?
My friend and I will be in Budapest May 8-11. We have two nights to travel somewhere else. Since we'll be in the city, I think I'd like to go to a slower-paced, country town (I'm tempted by lakes). Would you say Keszthely is this place, with a day trip to Heviz? I hear they have a music festival in May, too.
I've read about Pecs, and although it sounds very beautiful, it also sounds busy to me. Is it? If we had to see one place, which would it be and why?
Any guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks, Jen
RE: RE: Which one? Budapest to Keszthely or Budapest to Pecs?
For Keszthely: If you are tempted by lakes, Balaton is really something for you... Early May is off-season, so you can admire all the natural beauties of the BIG LAKE, but many of the tourist infrastructures will be most probably shut down. Keszthely is a single-main-street town, but the Festetics Palace with a huge park is magnificient (this is the venue for music events, when they happen). There is scheduled boat traffic on the lake. It is fun both in nice weather, and when the wind makes it rough...
If you go to Lake Balaton, I would warmly recommend visiting Tihany, a volcanic peninsula with an abbey and a traditional village on the top. (Go and see the Inner Lakes as well on the top - nice hiking.)
Additionally there is a Natural Reserve called Kis-Balaton (=Small Balaton)at the western edge of the lake with a very nice trail (watch birds and other species)
I have never been to Héviz, but I have the impression that it is a very nicely organized place mostly for German (well also domestic) pensioners... However, the lake is hot!
For Pécs: a very pleasant site for an urban tourist. A lot of sights can be reached by walking. There is a touch of the Turkish occupation. The town is a part of a historic wine region (Villány) and definitely more temptations would be available for a tourist than in Keszthely. There is a very nice green hill in the outskirts of the city and a visit to the surroundings would upgrade the trip. Maybe Siklos, a small fortified town with a great wine-culture would be the best choice..
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It is said that Pécs is the one 'must see' city in Hungary (other than Budapest). Pécs, located in southwest Hungary near the Croatian border, is an industrial center where leather goods and pottery are produced. Pécs is also home to extensive vineyards and many historical sites. For example, Pécs was once a Celtic settlement, and was also the capital of the Roman province, Lower Pannonia, under Emperor Hadrian. Ruins of a fourth-century Roman cemetery can still be visited.
In 1009, St. Stephen made the city an Episcopal seat. In 1367, the first Hungarian university was established. From 1543 to 1686 Pécs was under Turkish rule. As a result, Turkish influences, such as an abundance of Ottoman architecture, can still be found. The most notable building in Pécs is the engaging 11th-century cathedral, rebuilt in the late 19th century. The city also has an Episcopal palace, a Turkish minaret and several churches, including a Catholic church that was once a mosque. Another mosque doubles as a Turkish museum and south of Pécs is a museum marking the battlefield where the 1526 Turk invasion began.
Pécs also features many cultural events including dances, plays and classical-music concerts. Spending a few days in late September at Mandulas Camping with Agi, my wife to be in 1998. Mandulas Camping is situated up on the hill close to the TV tower and the zoo and offers a really nice view.
The Synagogue of Pecs
The Synagogue, situated in Lajos Kossuth ter, was built between 1865-1869, according to the designs of Feszl, Gerster and Kauser, in a romanic style.The interior decoration and furniture are valuable, in particularly its organ, which was the work of the Angster Factory, marked with No. 1.
Underground wine making history and tasting
If you get a full ticket at the basilica, that will include a side trip to the Bishop's underground wine making facility. The ticket also includes wine tasting of the famous villanyi wine. Each visitor will receive a glass of quality wine (1-dl / approx 2-cups glass). You can also purchase various bottles of local wines. The sate of Baranya has over 600 years of wine making history in the region. There is no entry into the current wine making facility, but you can see the huge barrels that were used for centuries by the Bishop's wine makers. This place is quiet cool, as it is under-ground and the old barrels and wine making equipment still smell wonderful. Don't miss this!
Szigetvar ( the island Castle)...
Szigetvar ( the island Castle) is 33 kilometres west of Pècs on road number 6. It was built at the end of the 14th century on an island in the Almas Patak river and it had its hour of glory in 1566. It was then that 90,000 Turkish soldiers under the command of Sultan Suleiman the Great attacked it. Zrinyi Miklos and about 2,000 men were garrisoned in the castle. They surrendered after a siege of 33 days and a battle followed with heavy Turkish losses. Close by is the Hungarian/Turkish friendship park. If you are passing by its worth a visit.
Very popular shop at Citrom u. 7
For ice cream, Capri, a very popular shop at Citrom u. 7 (tel. 72/319-713), 3 blocks south of Széchenyi tér, serves up various sundaes as well as cones. Some locals, however, claim that the ice cream at Capri is inferior to that of the Egerszegi Fagylaltozó, on Rókusalja utca (tel. 72/325-560), a 15-minute walk from the center.