Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag), Tihany

Visit one the oldest historical monuments in Hungary at Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag). The abbey was founded in the 11th century by King Andrew I. You can visit his tomb in the monastery's crypt--it's the only resting place of a medieval Hungarian monarch still preserved in its original condition. You can also view a copy of the abbey's founding charter that contains the oldest written example of the Hungarian language. Admire the Baroque architecture of the church, see the display of historical artifacts in the friary, and take in panoramic views of Lake Balaton and the surrounding countryside. The visitor center shows a film about the history of the abbey and includes a shop where you can buy souvenirs. Plan to visit Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag) and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tihany attractions using our Tihany online trip itinerary maker .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful but unfortunately the crowds! tourists have destroyed the charm of this place. Probably worth a visit early in the morning, there will be peace. Lavender fields only in July!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Several times I have been here, though:) visszavágyom from year to year Sit quietly in a levendulafagyival and just stare, as sailboats float on the Lake Balaton. :) simply vacation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Abbey itself is really nice and the location is beautiful, renovated the building, but that charge money to access the site and not little, an extra 1200 ft, really pofátlanság and greedy thing. A church is not already fizetos, once the "House of God"! Even if it is in a great location.
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  • August 28, 2016
    Unbelievable view on Balaton. There are lot of shops around. You can buy some souvenirs there. One of the best place I have ever visited in Hungary.
  • September 28, 2016
    Amazing place, spectacular view on the lake Balaton and its surroundings, nice manufactured goods in the stalls as well. The church/abbey is not worth the entry fee (nice but just as any other).
  • May 25, 2016
    We spent a fabulous evening here, met some of the monks, had great food, heard about the local cultural norms and had a taste of the local wines and beers. Also, music was played all afternoon (not only classicals, but also jazz). It was truly an amazing experience, I would come back again any day.
  • June 19, 2017
    Great views on the Balaton lake from here
  • June 27, 2016
    It is a great place to visit especially in the summer or spring but the midnight mass on 24th of december is also nice event. The view from the top of hill where the abbey is located is spectacular and the surroundings are also worth a visit.

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