Tihany Travel Guide

  • Tihany
    by Moonchild83
  • Tihany
    by Moonchild83
  • Tihany
    by Moonchild83

Tihany Things to Do

  • Views of the Abbey from the mole

    After finishing the meal and the pine apple drink I took these pictures of the Abbey, wich is almost obbligatory, than I made my way up the hill. I t was very weary also because of the very high temperature (35 degrees) so I prefered not taking too many photos, even if the way up is beautiful: trees everywhere, nice local popular architecture and...

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  • The Abbey of Tihany

    The abbey was built in 950. It was founded by King Andrew (1046-1060) in 1055 in honor of Saint Ányos (Anianus) and Virgin Mary. You can find the founder's tomb in the crypt of the abbey, its called the "King Vault." The founder charter of the abbey is the oldest, remained original Hungarian charter, which was written in Latin, though they used...

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  • Inside the Abbey V-the 950 years old...

    This is the real highlight of the Tihany abbey: built around 1055 and it remained completely intact during the centuries, while the church and the Abbey were modified and reconstructed several times. Why is it so important?1. First of all, the memorandum of foundation of the Tihany Abbey is the very first document (still existing) wich contains...

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  • Souvenir shops and restaurants...

    All the town centre was transformed for tourism purposes. You can by everywhere local stuff like embroidered spreads, wooden toys for children, clothes, caps, lace...etc... Mostly I really don`t care about these things, but tis time I put down my bike and I watched some of them (I even bought a nice T-shirt:) Furthermore here you can find loads of...

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  • Local architecture

    In the different parts of the Balaton we find different kinds of popular architecture. The most beautiful caracteristic villages can be found at the Western part of the Lake balaton near the Badacsony mountain, but also the folcloristic architecture of Tihany is famous. Most of the houses have thatched roofs (made by reeds) and were built in the...

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  • 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...

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  • Visiting Tihany with bicycle-part...

    This time I visited Tihany alone. Why? Well, there were 2 simple reasons.1. Tihany is not far away from Balatonfüred, so I allways go there with bicycle. It`s about 15 kilometers (going there and than return) and twice you must climb a hill, wich isn`t easy, so my idea wasn`t appreciated too much. Who cares:)2. In Balatonfüred only 1 of our 3 bikes...

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  • View from the Abbey hill

    From the viewpoint beside the church you can see a splendid view of c.ca 1/3 part of the Balaton lake. Where the Tihany Peninsula ends, the distance between the North and South sores is only 2 kilometres. this is why the other parts cannot be seen from here. Don`t worry the "lakescape" is just terrific the same.I made also a video of the sight wich...

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  • Inside the Abbey I-the nave and the main...

    The church had originally 3 naves, but the baroque reconstuction modified the internals: nowdays we can see only one big nave. I think that this was a good decision: after entering the church we can see all the ornaments together. Who painted the painting of the fabulous rococo altar? Well, not famous masters, only unknown talents who came from...

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  • 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-->

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  • Visiting Tihany with bicycle part...

    ... I saw the Tihany mole. This mole has a caracteristic curved shape wich you can see better in the later tips. Fortunately in this part of the Balaton you don`t see swans everywhere, (only 1-2), wich dominate Balatonfüred, only the cute little ducks. The swans in reality aren`t autochthonous in the Balaton, nontheless every year there are more of...

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  • Inside the Abbey IV-pulpit and the organ

    The fantastic rococo organ wich for me is the most stupendous part of the church was built in 1765 and it was reconstructed in 1993. On the organ you can see paintings of Saint Caecilia and king David with lyra and lots of typically baroque little angels.The rococo pulpit was ready in 1715. On the entrance door you can see the relief of saint Paul....

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  • Saying "good by" to Tihany

    After enjoying the nice views, I made my way back to Balatonfüred. It was again a nice experience visiting Tihany wich I(we) do almost every year. If you`re at the Balaton lake, this little town is a perfect daytrip, even if the surroundings of this lake are very rich in natural and historical beauty, so you can select from a big variety.I hope...

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  • Inside the Abbey VII-Museum and lapidary

    To tell the truth, the Museum is not so interesting but you can get some informations about the history of the Abbey. You can see a statue of Károly the IV. (Habsburg), the last hungarian king who spent in this abbey his last day in Hungary, with his wife, queen Zita. The lapidary is more interesting: you can see here a couple of old statues from...

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  • Inside the Abbey VI- the garden from...

    Unfortunately the biggest part of the Abbey, like the vestry, the refectory, and the bibliotheque, all decorated by the same Ambrosio Dornetti (see church tips) cannot be visited. You can only watch them from outside and of course the little yard with flowers and a well and the view of the church.

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  • Inside the Abbey III-4 other side altars

    The major 2 bigger altars that you see on my images are the saint Benedict altar and saint Scolastica altar, created by János Stern from Pápa who was one of the little known masters who came from other towns, reagions only for the recontruction of the Abbey. Also Sebestyén Stuhlhoff became famous only for this church: he has no other significative...

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  • Inside the Abbey II-Ceiling & 2 lovely...

    In the XIX.century the original walls, wich despite the rich baroque decoraton were mostly only painted in white, were overpainted by very famous masters, like Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely and Lajos Deák-Ébner. It was Lotz to project the ornaments and the other painters recieved one part of the ceiling to decorate it. It`s fantastic to see the...

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  • Visiting Tihany with bicycle part...

    After about 4 kilometres from Balatonfüred and not much after the deviation at the Tihany Peninsula I saw the beach wich is very popular amongst the people who don`t want to pay the entrance fee, 550 HUF (2,20 EUR) in Balatonfüred. This part of the shore is by the way quite little. This is why it seems to be more familiar and tranquil.I stopped...

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  • The Tihany Mole

    And yes, of course, at the Tihany mole the swans suddenly reappeared:). The mole itself is beneath the hill on wich the Abbey can be found. Believe me, it was a really hard job going up there with the bike so I first I sat down and ate&drank something before continuing my trip. You can find some bars, cheap restaurants here: the Balaton is not...

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  • Abbey hiking

    Dont be lazy to climb up to the old abbey on Tyhan peninsula - there you will find marvelous sights on the Balaton lake.

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  • Visiting the peninsula

    Inside the peninsula you can find 2 lakes (one of them is almost dried out). You can take a trip and visit the peninsula and you will have great views of Balaton and even see teh "cave dwellings". Orthodox monks brought to Hungary from the Grand Dutch of Kiev, by the wife of King Endre I, in about 1550 are presumed to have made and occupied the...

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  • Visiting the abbey

    The Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1055 by András (Andrew) I, who is buried in the crypt. (The founding charter of this abbey is the first extant record of Hungarian language, preserved in Pannonhalma Benedictine Archabbey.) The church itself was rebuilt in baroque style in 1754. The still functioning abbey is a popular tourist attraction due to...

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  • Benedictine Abbey

    Situated on the highest hill in town, this abbey was founded by Andrew I in 1055 (he is also buried here). The current building was built in the baroque style in 1754. The interior has very interesting murals.

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  • Nature walks

    The peninsula of Tihany makes a quite good walking area. There are a few nature spots that are worth seeing: some small lakes and the beautiful shoreline.Around the peninsula, you come accross some very nice views.Another good moment is taking the ferry from the south shore of Lake Balaton towards Tihany, so that you can admire the views on the...

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Tihany Hotels

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  • Hotel Kastely & Park

    Furdotelepi ut 1, Tihany, 8237, Hungary

    Satisfaction: Excellent

  • Kolostar

    Kossuth u. 14, , Tihany, Veszprem Megye 8237

Tihany Restaurants

  • AGreatPlace2FindRest&EatDeliciousHungarianFood!

    It was opened 30 years ago. It is a very intimate place, you can eat the Hungarian specialities under vine-arbour here. After the food you can eat delicious ice-creams, drink tasty wines and coffees, though you can find Italian coffees here too, which is of course not a problem :)It is open mainly in the summer, somewhere I read that it's open from...

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  • Do not go there!!

    The reason for my letter is to complain about the restaurant Kolostor. Yesterday, on 01 April, we visited the beautiful of Tihany. At lunchtime we chose the restaurant Kolostor because we thought it was a good choice. The waiter offered us two Hungarian cuisine dishes. A dish cooked with pork leg and another with skewers of grilled meats, and...

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Tihany Transportation

  • Szántód ferry

    There is a ferry service between the northern and southern shore of Balaton (between Tihany and Szántód) which leaves every half an hour during summer and every hour in the rest of the year (except December through February).It costs 400 HUF (1.50 EUR) per person and 1,100 HUF (4.20 EUR) per car.

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  • How to get there

    The more comfortable is of course your own car. But very interesting may be getting there by ferries, which go there from many resorts on Balaton shores (f.e. from Siofok and Balatonfured). There is no railway on the Tihany, but many buses go there (I know that from Balatonfured there are two buses per hour). The another possibility is to rent a...

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  • Autobus

    While in Hungary be careful to say "Autobus" as bus is the Hungarian word for f**k. Tihany is a good hike, and it is uphill, so I recommend motorized transportation.

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Tihany Shopping

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  • More kitchen stuff?

    Here you can buy superb Hungarian earthen ware dishes and pots. They have beautiful flowery design with bright tones in frivolous improvisational style. Your salads will love them, I am sure. Tricky question. Depends how you feel about more dishes.

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  • Handwork

    There was much activities along the cobbled walkways. Musicians and vendors selling their wares. The emboidery is a great souvenier of Hungary, and I also got some chess sets. Don't pay the first price offered, bargain, bargain, bargain.

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Tihany Favorites

  • Tourinform Office

    Kossuth Street (utca) 12.Vis-a-vis Benedictine AbbeyTel./Fax: +36-87/448-804Tel.: +36-87/438-016E-mail: tihany@tourinform.hu 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,...

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  • Thatched Cottages

    Tihany is very pretty. A lot of the charm comes from the many thatched cottages, which were reminiscent of Ireland. They do very good thatch work, as you can see in this picture.

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  • The Church -- interior

    Even in the rundown state, the chuch is full of beautiful art, and we left a donation to restore it to its deserved glory.

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