DECODED BY NATIVES
Lake Balaton is the narowest at the Tihany peninsula that reaches into the lake to 5 km. Between mid-May-mid-September ferry service connects Tihany with Szántód on the south shore.
Sights in Tihany
You can approach the the two-towered Benedictine Abbey (Bencés apátság), symbol of Tihany, on a steep winding road by walk or by bycicle.
In the crypt under the abbey built in the 11st century lies the tomb of King Andrew I. (I. András, 1046-1060) founder of the abbey. In the dim sunlight filtering in through narrow loophole-like windows, stands the gravestone with a grooved cross.
The deed of foundation of the Abbey which was mostly written in Latin but contains a Hungarian sentence which makes the document the first memory of Hungarian language.
Beautiful frescos adorn the interior of the abbey built in the first half of the 18th century. The church's organ is from 1764 but it was destroyed by a granade in 1945.
Part of the building adjoined to the abbey is a museum (opening hours: admission: ) with temporary exhibitions and a lapidarium.
The abbey hosts classical music concerts throughout the year.
Some of the abbey's farming buildings, like the farmstead and the granary form the 19th century are also of interest.
The surroundings of the abbey offers a stunning panorama with the sparkling water surface of the Balaton .... During a walk ....you'll discover several historic buildings.
From the abbey the Pisky promedane leads to the Doll Museum (Babamúzeum, Visszhang utca 4., opening hours: 1st jan-14th Sept: 9.00-19.00, 15th Sep-31st Dec: 10.00-17.00)
The white washed thatched peasant hosues in the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum (Szabadtéri Néprajzi Múzeum, Batthyány utca 36., opening hours: admission:) were made from grey basalt tufa. You can see authentic tools and equipment of old folk crafts and trades like potter, fisherman.
On the northern part of the Tihany peninsula you can see Central Europe's only remained hermit
colony created by Greek monks whom King Andrew I. invited to Hungary. You can see some of the cells and a cave-church carved out by the monks. Some of the cave hosues are at 20 m high.
Greek monks carved out their homes from the rock in the 11th century
Echo used to be Tihany's most noted phenomena that every tourist to the pensinsula tried over and over again from the Visszhang (Echo) Hill.
The walls of the Abbey reverberated words shouted from the top of the hill, however the phenomena is disapearing due to increased noise and other buildings built over the years.
At the Tihany Sailing Club you can learn sailing.
The Tihany peninsula abounds in natural treasures and rare treasures that. The area belongs to the Balaton Uplands National Park (Balatonfelvidéki Nemzeti Park)
Besides Lake Balaton two additional lakes the Inner (Belső-tó) and Outer Lakes (Külső-tó) add to the uniqness of Tihany. These lakes were formed in former volcanic crater.
The Inner Lake lies right at the foot of the village. Next to the Inner Lake a recreational park welcomes families with playgrounds and bowling. A cellar offering a taste of the local wines makes the spot a real paradise.
Several hills reminds us of once active volcanoes:
A Geyser Field (Gejzírmező) formed around 3 million years ago stretches between the Sarkad forest and the Inner Lake.
As a result of thermal activity about 50 so-called geyser cones dot the area the most famous of which is the Golden House Geyser Cone (Aranyház). Yellow and green lichnen cover the surface of the rock formation hence the name, golden house.
Hiking-Lóczy Natural Trail (Lóczy Tanösvény)
You can explore all the sights mentioned above following the Lóczy trail which starts at the Apáti church ruins.
Open-air Theatre (1st July-21st August) - performances both for adults and children
Fogas Tavern (Fogas Csárda)
Delicious fish dishes, homely atmosphere.
Hungarian specialities: Soups: 500-800 HUF, main dishes: 1700-2700 HUF
Ferenc Cellar & Inn
Fish dishes, other Hungarian food specialities and a very good wine selection.
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