Bences Apatsag, Tihany

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Visit one the oldest historical monuments in Hungary at 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 Bences Apatsag and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tihany attractions using our Tihany online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Driving along the lake Balaton we saw the brown road sign " Tihany ". With zero info, we drove up to find an interesting village which happened to be a touristic one to our surprised. Parking seemed.....  more »
  • We stopped here on our way to Croatia. The Abbey and it's surroundings are beautiful, with great views of the lake. The town is fairly small but pretty. Good stopping point for a rest and visit if...  more »
  • Fair warning to those on cycling around the lake: the road to the church IS EXACTLY AS STEEP as you think it is from the bottom. Also no real bike lane. Yikes! That said, not to be missed. One of the best views of the northern part of the lake from the top. The church itself is maybe worth seeing because of its historical significance and, you know, because you're there.
  • Historic place, original church was built in 1055, we tried their lavender wine and would get some more...

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