Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II, Pecs

The city of Pecs is well-known in Europe for its rich artistic and cultural life. The remarkable museums and galleries of this Hungarian city include exhibitions by world famous Pecs citizens such as Janus Pannonius or Victor Vasarely, as well as exhibits on ethnography, natural sciences, modern Hungarian art and many others. Seize the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable museum tour in Pecs!
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Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II Map

Guide Name: Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II
Guide Location: Hungary » Pecs (See other walking tours in Pecs)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Author: hollyg
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Csontváry Museum

1) Csontváry Museum (must see)

Csontváry Museum is a museum about the famous Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka, called the "lonely giant." It has been open since 1973 and reflects artistic achievements that were not recognized in his life. The life of the painter had a tragical ending: humiliated and lost he passed away as a poor man aged 66. The Hungarian people were about to loose his canvases when Gedeon Gerlóczy saved the collection, recognizing the artist's genius. The art of Csontváry Kosztka made him a part of amazing post-impressionism representatives. Among his numerous works one can find sketches, portraits, scriptural works and landscapes. The "Lonely Cedar," which is probably his most famous picture, is also displayed in the museum.
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The Endre Nemes Museum

2) The Endre Nemes Museum

The Endre Nemes Museum is a good example of how contemporary Pecs citizens appreciate the art of Endre Nemes, who was born in Pecs in 1909, but worked and studied in Prague and then settled and died in Sweden. The creations of Endre Nemes are noteworthy for their depictions of his complete fear of the future inhumane world! The exhibits show lifeless dolls, queer figures filled with the surrealistic vision of the artist. The interwoven time and space of his paintings draw a cold and robotized world of the future.
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Vasarely Museum

3) Vasarely Museum (must see)

Vasarely Museum exhibitions are dedicated to Victor Vasarely's creations. The world-known artist was born in 1908 in Pécs, but he lived his entire life in France. The maestro introduced Pecs to the world by graphics in 1986 for the first time. Victor Vasarely presented a great number of his works including his Bauhaus-style paintings, analytic-geometric graphics and op-art sculptures to the museum. Visitors will be pleased also with his famous "Zebra" works. At the museum you can find a nice collection of colourful visual arts from the second half of the twentieth century. You can also enjoy a very interesting experience in the labyrinth of сellars under the house: the exhibition of the Mecsek Mining Museum. Visitors to the museum can familiarize themselves with historical facts about mining development in the region in a 400 metres long exhibition space that is situated from 8 to 10 metres underground.
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The Zsolnay Museum

4) The Zsolnay Museum (must see)

The building that houses the Zsolnay Museum was first mentioned in documentation in 1324. In 1476 the first public library was established in the building. In times of Turkish rule it was transformed into a house for the Turkish high priest. The museum itself opened in 1928, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vilmos Zsolnay. It was created thanks to the efforts of the master's daughter Terez, and the granddaughter of Vilmos Zsolnay, Matyasovszky-Zsolnay Margit. The main exhibition demonstrates the ornamental works of the famous Zsolnay factory. Visitors are always amazed with the richness of the ceramics collected by Vilmos Zsolnay in Egypt and Persia. The Zsolnay Museum may also surprise you with works by the great Italian sculptor with Hungarian origins, Amerigo Tot, whose exhibition can be found on the ground floor of the building. The other half of the same building can give you the overview of the Renaissance stone room and stoneworks found in the region of Pecs.
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Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium

5) Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium

Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium building was constructed in the eighteenth century and designed in late-Baroque style. The Archaeological Museum has rich collections of finds that reflect the history of the southeast and the region of Transdanubia from the prehistoric period until the Hungarian subjugation. Various exhibitions hold funeral artifacts such as Madonna from Zengővárkony that dates to the Stone Age or findings from the ancient burial of the Jakab hill region and many others. According to the tradition of the Jakab Hill inhabitants around 1000 BC, food, drinks and numerous tools were placed next to urns with the ashes of cremated bodies. The Museum also has a collection of Roman tombstones and sarcophagi found in the town.
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Szerecsen (Saracen) Pharmacy Museum

6) Szerecsen (Saracen) Pharmacy Museum

The Szerecsen Pharmacy Museum was originally a drugstore founded by Istvan Sipocz in 1897, which is why the museum's interior has a Neo-Rococo look. The statues of Saracsens stand above the main entrance from the facade and on the top of the fountain that is situated in the centre of the former pharmacy. You can see lovely ceramic plates that are made by the famous Hungarian Zsolnay factory. The main exhibition may amaze you with its collection of original artifacts and historical documents introducing the pharmacy history of an entire Baranya county!

Walking Tours in Pecs, Hungary

Create Your Own Walk in Pecs

Create Your Own Walk in Pecs

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pecs is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part I

Museums Self-Guided Walking Tour in Pecs, Part I

The city of Pecs is the cultural and artistic centre of the Baranya county. Pecs was given the name of European Capital of Culture in 2010. The city has a very rich cultural heritage that is reflected in particular in its great museums! Unique exhibitions, original artifacts, historical findings, even ancient ruins: you can discover all of these visiting the unforgettable museums of Pecs!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Religious Walking Tour in Pecs, Part I

Religious Walking Tour in Pecs, Part I

Pecs is one of the largest cities in Hungary. It was founded in the second century by Romans and now it is the heart of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pecs. The city experienced 150 years of Ottoman occupation. The Turkish religious heritage is represented by magnificent mosques. Visitors can notice the importance of religion in Pecs's history when admiring wonderful churches and chapels. Don't miss the chance to enjoy sophisticated architecture and the great history of Pecs's religious edifices!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Religious Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II

Religious Walking Tour in Pecs, Part II

The city of Pecs had become an important Christian centre by the fourth century, and the episcopate of Pecs was established in 1009. Pecs has always been a multicultural city because of its history which remembers the Ottoman occupation and early Christian influence. Take this tour to explore more exquisite religious buildings in Pecs!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The city of Pecs has been the point of intersection of many eras, religions and political views. Since its time as the capital of the Valeria province of the Roman Empire, the city has maintained its historic cultural heritage. Take this orientation walk to visit the most popular and prominent sights of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Architectural Self-Guided Walking Tour of Pecs

Architectural Self-Guided Walking Tour of Pecs

The city of Pecs is rich in history, art and culture. This is due to the fact that the city's territory has been the site of intersection of different civilizations through the centuries. Magnificent palaces, original constructions of administrative buildings and other wonderful masterpieces by famous architects will amaze you when you discover the beauty of the architecture of Pecs!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Pecs for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Pecs has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Pecs, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.