Tihany, the pearl of Lake Balaton

Tihany, the pearl of Lake Balaton

Tihany is a picturesque village in Hungary located on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. It’s a village that has something for everyone, from incredible noises and pirates to dolls, telescopes, and exciting secrets. With its location, climate, and volcanic bedrock, Tihany has a lot to offer tourists who are looking for a unique experience.

One of the main attractions in Tihany is Hungary‘s only working abbey. Although it is still under renovation, the scaffolding surrounding it makes for an eye-catching sight. The park next to the abbey is also a must-visit, with telescopes that will captivate any child. The sunrise is the best time to see this part of Tihany, which is at its most beautiful when photographed from the Tagore Promenade in Balatonfüred.

Another unique aspect of Tihany is Lake Balaton itself. At its narrowest point, which is in Tihany, the lake is only 1.5 kilometers wide, compared to its widest point of 12.7 kilometers. This area is the only part of the Hungarian sea where a ferry runs between two settlements, which is an exciting and quick way to get from Szántód to Tihany. The ferry is also known as the Big Ben of holidaymakers because you can tell the time by counting the time it honks.

Tihany is also known for its lavender plantation, which was brought to the village from France by the herbalist Gyula Bittera. Thanks to the location, climate, and volcanic bedrock, lavender thrives on the slopes of Csúcs Hill, and you can pick your own lavender at several places in the village, including the Gödrösi junction on the 7117 road to Tihany. You can also find lavender products at the local craft shop, such as soaps, oils, lavender stuffed dolls, and lavender syrup.

If you’re interested in history, Tihany is also home to the Tihany Panoptikum, which is located in the Mini Market next to the post office in the centre of town. Here, you can visit the Panoptikum of the Hungarian Kings and the Museum of the Indians, as well as the Pirate Museum, which features life-size wax replicas of famous pirates like Sir Francis Drake and Blackbeard. For those who prefer something less pirate-like, the Doll Museum and souvenir shops selling embroidery and knick-knacks are great options.

Nature lovers will appreciate Tihany‘s commitment to preserving its green spaces. The village has cobbled streets instead of concrete, and car traffic is heavily regulated. There are no railways or railway embankments, so motorists can enjoy the beauty of Lake Balaton under the shade of the trees as they drive directly by the lake. Tihany is also home to Hungary’s first landscape conservation area, which is part of the Balaton-Felvidéki National Park.

For families with children, Tihany offers plenty of opportunities for fun. The park next to the abbey is a great place for children to explore, and the Echo restaurant, with its panoramic view, is a must-visit. The Dotto trains, which have been plying the roads of the Tihany peninsula for 20 years, are a hit with kids, and one of the country’s biggest hotels has a special stop once a week for the diesel train.

Overall, Tihany is a unique village with plenty to offer tourists of all ages. With its incredible noises, pirates and dolls, telescopes, and exciting secrets, it’s a destination that should not be missed.

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