Since the abbey was rebuilt in the 19th century, the peculiar phenomenon of echoes in the locality has made Tihany well-known across the whole country. If you stand on Echo Hill (a stone helpfully marks the best point) and shout towards the abbey, your voice echoes seven times in two seconds (especially on cold, clear winter days). According to an old and sad tale, a cursed princess is shut within the stones as a punishment for having been proud and hard-hearted: she is obliged to answer every passerby who calls out to her.
The abbey has a long history going back a thousand years. The abbey is mentioned in a document dating from 1055; since then it has been a shelter for monks, a castle during Turkish times, an old peoples’ home during the socialist era and, despite all of these tempestuous events, it still stands at the same spot. It is worth visiting the abbey even if you are not a religious person, as there are also art exhibitions to attend.
Opening time: 1st November – 31st March 10am-4pm, 1st April – 30th April 10am-4.30pm, 1st May – 30th September 9am-6pm, 1st – 31st October 10am-5pm, Sundays and feast days from 11.15am
Address and telephone number: I. András square 1. Tihany, Hungary +36 87 538 200