Pecs looks like a lovely city, but there is no mention of it in Rick's book. Can anyone recommend it?
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OK. Thanks. I scanned several pages of posts and didn't see anything. I'll look again.
I visited Pecs a few years back, I thought it was a very pretty town and certainly worth a day. There is a UNESCO site (some tombs), a beautiful cathedral, walkable downtown area, tons of little restaurants and bars, some interesting museums, and the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter was quite interesting as well. I had a good time there.
Pecs is now included in Rick's Budapest book, but not in the general Eastern European guidebook. I went before he had a Budapest book, so I found out about it in Rough Guide and Lonely Planet.
I spent an overnight there, and was very glad I did. It's got several interesting museums, a historically important porcelain factory, a restored synagogue, and a very nice vibe. It's about 3 hours from Budapest, so an overnight is more pleasant than a day trip.
So yes, I certainly can recommend it. I actually liked it better than Eger; some of that was due to better weather, but I just think Pecs is a nicer town.
Thanks to you both. This is very helpful.
Historically, the city was popular with German tourists. It was known as Fünfkirchen.
I wrote a stellar review of Pecs, which I visited in June last year. Go here: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/pecs-hungary
Thanks to all. Pecs is definitely going on our itinerary.