Pécs is a little university-city (with 150.000 inhabitants, out of which 25.000 are students). Unfortunately, the only way to get here is by car (there is a small airport, but from December 2013, there are no flights going out , or coming in). Although the town is small, it is pretty. Once it became European Capital of Culture, it has been developed quite a lot.
Our first important visit led to the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, an old porcelain factory turned into a cultural space. What people succeeded to accomplish in this space is fantastic! However, it was a 40 million euro investment in a huge empty space. Pécs is too small to be of great interest regarding the pedestrian center and the Zsolnay cultural facility. If one has the time, it is recommendable to take a few hour visit in the complex of buildings in this area. There are accommodation possibilities at affordable prices (40 euro/ night) and good quality.
The second objective on our list was the Kodály Center, a building established within the ECoC project. The building won several architecture competitions and currently is hosting a concert hall, called Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. The acoustics of the center propel the building in the front line of the world bests concert halls. There are organized approximately 150 events per year, except the summer time, when they go on vacation.
With the winning of the European Capital of Culture title in 2010, the city has been completely remodeled. Not only a few buildings got renovated, but whole squares, streets and several historical monuments received a do over. One of Central Europe’s biggest Muslim temples, the Mosque of Pasha Qasim, is still under restoration, and therefore we missed the chance to visit it. We also had no time to see the TV tower; however, there are surely many other attractions in the city, that can’t fit into a one day visit. We hoped to get to the TV tower today, before we leave for Linz, but the rainy weather ruined our plans.
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