Tihany (Hungary/Magyarország) - The abbey

by Björn Roose June. 06, 2019 275 views
A view on the abbey from the village

A view on the abbey from the village

You'll find Tihany on the northern shore of Lake Balaton (Hungary) on the peninsula with the same name.

The center of it is the Benedictine abbey founded in 1055 by András I, who is buried in the crypt. It is a bit of a tourist magnet, because of its looks and its view over Lake Balaton. For people interested in history it's most important because its founding charter is the oldest remaining record of Hungarian language. That charter however is held at the Pannonhalma Benedictine Archabbey. And for those interested in petite histoire, the nice little details of history: the last Habsburg emperor of Austria, Charles I, was briefly held prisoner here following his second attempt to regain the throne of Hungary.

The abbey

The abbey

Tihany is also famous for an echo that is no longer there due to changes in the landscape and goats' nails washing on the shore, which are actually molluscs. Both stories are "historically" connected to a very proud and hard hearted princess which got cursed by the king of the lake. Tihany's inhabitants did not get cursed however and have the highest per capita income in Hungary (and the highest housing prices).

Oh yeah, the pensinsula used to be very well known for its lavender fields (of which the oil was apparently of better quality than the French), and you'll still find lavender for sale all over the island, but you'll not stumble over the lavender wherever you go anymore ...

And the abbey again (with some lavender)

And the abbey again (with some lavender)

Calvary mount

Calvary mount

Landrás and Anasztázia

Landrás and Anasztázia

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Camellia 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Very pretty area. So when you say highest prices in housing what do you mean? Is it in comparison to Budapest or comparison to other surrounding villages?  And what approximately is the cost?

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Highest housing prices in Hungary. Housing around Lake Balaton is more expensive than in the capital. I'd say in that region the prices are at the same level as around here, but average Hungarian wages are way lower. I get the impression real estate prices are easily over 300.000 euros in Tihany, which would be some 340.000 dollars.

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Camellia Replied to Björn Roose 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hopefully they are large houses because around here $340,000 gets you a pretty decent house.

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm sure they are not that big (comparable to the pricing around here). But it's way cheaper when you buy a house in some of the less touristic areas of Hungary smile

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