- 7 Sep 2020 8:50 AM
Ancient Roman burial sites, a Turkish minaret and türbe, medieval castle walls and the Bishop's Palace, the harmonic unity of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque residential buildings and an abundance of museums make Pécs one of the most promising cultural destinations in Hungary.
All of the above also explains why the town was selected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2010.
The brightest jewel of the town is the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter where the unique legacy of the founding family of the famous porcelain manufacturer lives on with new content.
Besides the street of artisanal stores, coffee-houses, restaurants, contemporary exhibition spaces and atmospheric promenades, the Quarter is also home to one-of-a-kind sights, such as the Gyugyi Collection presenting the Golden Age of the Zsolnay Factory or the mysterious Zsolnay Mausoleum.
Taste premium wines in the cellar villages of Villány
Located near Pécs, Villány is the southernmost of Hungary’s 22 wine regions, whose premium red and rosé wines are regularly awarded at domestic and international wine competitions.
The long and hot summers and the mild winters in the Southern region favour the production of full-bodied, spicy wines.
This is where Hungary’s very first wine route was set up: in addition to the protected, landmark cellar-streets, old press-houses and small family businesses of Palkonya, Villánykövesd, Villány, Nagyharsány and Kisharsány, wineries operating with state-of-the-art technology also welcome visitors with open doors.
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MTI Photo: Tamás Sóki