Kossuth Street (utca) 12.
Vis-a-vis Benedictine Abbey
In the summer they are open from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. (Mon-Fri) and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat-Sun).
They are non-profit organization which provides information - either personally or in any other way - to guests and give them brochures, publications and other touristic information. From the office you can get information in Hungarian, German and English and brochures in 6-8 languages.
The Church on the hill
Located at the highest point on the peninsula, the church is the first thing that catches your eye. When we visited there was a lot of restoration work to be done, but the outside was freshly painted and beautiful. Tihany is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
The Tihany calvary was built within a few years time, starting in 1926 , from public contributions. The stones with inscription and bronze relief symbolising the suffering of Christ and the Way of the Cross were raised on behalf of the historic counties and royalé boroughs of Hungary. The stone cross of Christ, in the background, there are three knolls built of limestone blocks and the bronze memorial of Hungarian King Charles IV.
The "paprika" house
It`s impossible not mentioning the so called "Paprika house".
As You probably know, the hungarian cuisine is unimaginable without the red paprika.
In this house, one of the most advertized in Tihany, you can buy all kinds of paprikas-sweet and hut.
And than you can climb the stairs nearby to reach the Abbey itself-->
Entering the Abbey...
The Abbey was founded in 1055 A.C. by András the Ist. In the medieval era, until the XV. century it flourished, but at the beginning of the XVI. century only few monks remained in the ran down monastery. In fact, in this period all the money they collected from the lordships went to the mantainance of the Tihany castle wich sadly cannot be seen today. The soldiers didn`t care about the abbey itself.
In 1674 the army gave back the monastery to the Benedictine order but all the complex went in ashes in the big fire of the year 1683. In 1702 the abbey was given to the austrian Altenburg monastery and only in 1716 was rebought by the supreme abbot of Pannonhalma. The new tihanyian abbot, Grassó Villibald in 1719 initiated the reconstruction, wich terminated in 1736, but a new fire burned up again everything. Not much after died the abbot. The new abbot, Lécs Ágoston soon re-iniciated the works and in 1754 the church was ready, but the internal decoration lasted for 3 other decades.