The TV tower above Pécs is as much a symbol of the city as the Eiffel tower for Paris, or the CN tower for Toronto. Or the Berlin TV tower. Hungary’s tallest building is also a tourist magnet.
It’s not hard to guess that the main purpose of the tower was to have a reliable broadcasting system for television and radio signals in the region.
The top of the Mecsek Hills, the Misina seemed to be quite suitable for that and it was built on a place where an observation tower has helped hikers to see Pécs from above already since 1908. The works started in 1968 and the TV tower with its height of 197 m is the tallest building in Hungary since its completion in 1973. That said, there are some taller ones but those are not suitable for accommodating people, and are therefore competing in another league.
The three storeys, starting at 70 m above ground, accommodate a restaurant and bar, an open observation level and facilities for broadcasting. Though people aren’t working there anymore, since everything is computerized and operated remotely.
In the first half of the 2000s the restaurant and bar was a trendy party venue. The last big event took place in 2009, when during a three-day sci-fi festival international electronic music artists filled the observation level with up-tempo beats. The flick below was the official promo video for the event, that won the Hugarian Web Video Awards in 2009. (A couple of months later a very similar video showed up starring the Berlin TV tower.)
There are talks about completely renovating its vicinity but in first place a much needed new lighting system will come in a couple of months.
Website: Pécs TV Tower