Tihany Travel Guide

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Tihany Overview

The largest peninsula of Balaton, unique with its rich natural and historical values. Ferry-boats transporting cars and buses, too, from the southern edge of the peninsula.

Currently popular resort of 1,300 inhabitants. King András I built here the burial-place of his family in 1055, and a chapel where Benedictine monks had been settled by him. Lots of Hungarian words and expressions are included in the Document of Foundation prepared in Latin language that is why it is one of the most appreciated memory of the Hungarian language.

The church and monastery of the Abbey are the two most well-known sights of Tihany. The crypt (from 1055) is a hall crypt of three naves of Roman style remained in good state; it is the only royal burial-place remained in its Árpád-age state in Hungary.

The Baroque church and monastery of today's Tihany were built between 1719 and 1760, the Baroque furniture of the church is really beautiful. Gallery of the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany is located in the monastery; exhibitions of well-known artists are organized there in summer. System of earthworks of oval ground-plan of the hill called Óvár was built at the end of the Bronze Age and in the early Iron Age; in the Middle Ages orthodox hermits of Greek rite hollowed out their reclusories, chapel and dining-room on the eastern side of the hill. It is the only hermits' estate in the Carpathian hollow and, what is more, in Middle-Europe that remained in a comparatably good condition.

Tihany echo mentioned so many times in literature entertains tourists rebounding from the wall of the Abbey Church.

After many years of preparation, international evaluation and classification, Tihany-peninsula is the third spot in Hungary, which has been awarded the Europe Diploma for the protection of natural values.