Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag), Tihany

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Historic Site
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. By using our Tihany vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to Benedictine Abbey and Museum (Bences Apatsag) and other attractions in Tihany.
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  • It is a bit of walk up some fairly steep hills to get to the monastery. However, this is the best view of lake Balaton you can get. The monastery is beautiful and it cost nothing. I highly recommend t...  more »
  • We visited the abbey and museum here recently and took the time to wonder through and learn the history. The local people have taken great pride in ensuring the history, not only of the abbey but also...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The historical artifacts and the beauthy of the buildings and sanctuary were truly inspiring. This is a place of great historical significane and has been maintain...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • A panorama lenyugozo.
  • 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.