Located in the South Western part of Hungary, Pécs is a culturally diverse and stimulating city, with a population of about 150,000. Lying in the South of Transdanubia, close to the border with Croatia, it has a mild, almost Mediterranean climate.
The history of Pécs dates back over 2,000 years, and the name of the old Roman town, "Sopianae" is still found in the names of institutions and products. Although its development suffered several setbacks throughout the centuries, such as during the Tartar invasions or the Ottoman-Turkish Rule, it has not only survived, but developed into a pleasant, modern town, rich in historical monuments, an administrative, cultural and educational centre with a lot to offer to those who wish to live or study here. The town is famous for its museums, galleries, the festivals and cultural events it hosts. It is a ’City of Culture’.
The downtown of Pécs is a unique mixture of the relics of Early Christianity, the arrival of the Hungarians, the Turkish reign and the achievements of modern architecture and art. The National Theatre, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the internationally renowned Ballet Ensemble as well as the unique Zsolnay Cultural Quarter offer fascinating experiences.
Pécs is also the seat of Baranya County, a region with many attractions for visitors: the Mecsek Hills, the Mecsek-Siklós-Villány wine region, the spa of Harkány, the Holiday Village of Hegyszentmárton, beautiful old villages and historic castles (Siklós, Szigetvár, Pécsvárad, etc.).