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7 Tips for Living in Pecs

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Pecs or thinking about moving there.

Living in Pecs - 7 Tips for Living in Pecs

This is a must read if you're moving to Pecs or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Pecs can be an exciting and enriching experience. This vibrant city, known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and lively arts scene, offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Pecs.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Pecs speak English, especially in the city center and tourist areas, learning some basic Hungarian can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks like shopping and dining out easier, but it will also open doors to deeper cultural understanding and connections with locals. Plus, Hungarians greatly appreciate any effort to speak their language, which can be a great ice breaker.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Pecs is divided into several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. The city center, or Belváros, is the heart of Pecs, filled with historic buildings, museums, and bustling cafes. Tettye, on the other hand, offers a more tranquil atmosphere with its beautiful parks and the Tettye Ruins. If you're looking for a more residential area, Hird is a great choice with its family-friendly parks and quiet streets. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that suits your lifestyle and preferences best.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Hungarian culture is through its food. Pecs is home to a variety of restaurants serving traditional Hungarian dishes. For a taste of authentic Hungarian cuisine, visit the popular Szechenyi Square, where you'll find restaurants like Korhely Gastropub and Restaurant and Aranykacsa Étterem. Don't miss out on trying local specialties like goulash, langos, and palinka.

4. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Pecs has an efficient and affordable public transportation system, making it easy to get around the city. The local buses cover all major areas of the city, and there's also a network of trams for quick trips around the city center. Plus, using public transportation is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the city's sustainability efforts.

5. Embrace the Local Culture

Pecs is a city with a rich cultural heritage, and there's always something happening. From the annual Pecs Wine Festival to the various art exhibitions at the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, there's no shortage of events to attend. Make sure to also visit the city's iconic landmarks like the Pecs Cathedral and the Early Christian Mausoleum to fully appreciate the city's history and culture.

6. Stay Active

Staying active is important, especially when you're living in a new city. Pecs offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. The Mecsek Mountains, just a short drive from the city, are perfect for hiking and biking. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, the city's parks, like the beautiful Árkád park, are great for walks or picnics.

7. Get Involved

Finally, getting involved in the local community can greatly enhance your experience in Pecs. Whether it's joining a local club, participating in community events, or volunteering, there are many ways to connect with locals and make a positive impact. Do some research to find groups or activities that align with your interests and get involved. Remember, it's not just about living in Pecs, but becoming a part of the community.

Living in Pecs, Hungary as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By embracing the local culture, exploring the city, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this vibrant city. So pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Pecs!

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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