Remember that time last year when I almost convinced myself to move to Bologna in Italy due to its incredible beauty?
Yeah, that’s happening again, but this time I have set my eyes on the beautiful city of Pécs in Hungary.
I kind of want to move here!
Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to do it as I don’t want a permanent base just yet, but it’s on my list of possibilities for the future. It’s nice to have options, right?
I didn’t have many expectations when I decided to go here. It was sort of a last minute decision, actually. I left Budapest after four wonderful days there (don’t worry, I’ll tell you more about that later) and took the direct train to Pécs which took 3 hours. It was fairly easy to find the train from the station in Budapest, however, finding my seat proved impossible.
I had booked a seat in a 1st Class carriage – I know, check me out. I’m being all fancy and stuff. But it turned out that the train didn’t actually have a 1st Class carriage, which meant that I no longer had a seat. Lucky for me the train wasn’t full and I ended up sitting next to a lovely old Hungarian lady who didn’t speak a word of English, so we communicated with hand gestures and Google Translate. I also got a small refund as it was the train company’s fault that there wasn’t a 1st Class carriage, so I was quite happy.
I didn’t think much of the city when I got off the train. I felt a bit “meh, is that it?” when I saw it. But I didn’t have to worry – when I got into the city centre I was in love!
It is said that Pécs is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities to visit in Hungary right after Budapest and it’s true. Well, I say that without actually having visited other places in Hungary yet, but I want to believe that I’m right.
It has gorgeous architectural landmarks that you can stare at for ages, it has squares with amazing atmospheres, it has tasty ice cream just like in Italy and it has lovely museums with beautiful art and ceramics (visiting the Zsolnay Museum is a must).
The great thing about Pécs is that public transportation isn’t needed to get around to the various sights and landmarks. It’s small enough so that you can walk around. However, there is a little tourist ‘train’ driving around in the city to the most popular attractions if you want to rest your feet – adorable, right? It takes about 50 minutes and it leaves every hour from Széchenyi Square. And while we’re at it: that square is amazing. I think I have about 100 photos just from there and every time I walk through it I notice things I hadn’t seen before.
And not only is Pécs beautiful, it’s also an active city. There is so much going on all the time, especially now that it is summer time. There are so many festivals, theatre shows, music events. Plus I’ve heard that their yearly Christmas market is quite spectacular. I’d love to visit it this year, but I’m planning on touring the German Christmas markets.
So, as you can see it really is no wonder that I’d love to live in this 2000 year old city. I was meant to just stay here for three nights, but I ended up booking an apartment for another two nights and it was completely worth it.
I’m leaving Pécs tomorrow to go to the city known for it’s castle and baroque buildings: Eger. Stay tuned for more and remember to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Have you ever visited the ancient city of Pécs? Did you love it as much as I do? Let me know by leaving a comment.