Esztergom Hungary

Esztergom Hungary

When the Hungarians invaded this land around 895-896 Esztergom was a main city.
Esztergom HungaryEsztergom street view with the Cathedral, and the Castle.


Esztergom is an interesting city in Danube bend. It is located North from Budapest, and it is the end of the Danube bend area and here the Danube flows to East West direction (or West East to be precise) not North South direction as most the areas in Hungary, from Esztergom to Baja. I worked here in Esztergom one and a half years on a project and here proposed my girlfriend as well. You can guess this is not an ugly place.

It is especially interesting as one tour from Budapest it is possible to check three interesting targets (Szentendre, Visegrad, Esztergom) from Budapest in the Danube bend in the same direction. Szentendre is the closest to Budapest around 25km, after coming Visegrad (a must see) around 45km and after Esztergom (around 60km).

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Esztergom area

Esztergom situated in the Danube bend area which is characterized by the Danube, hills, caves and islands, with significant natural values. The very popular Pilis hills just started at the borders of Esztergom. There are lots of green areas around as it is usual in this part of Hungary. Esztergom is not a big city but bigger than Visegrad the other very popular city in the Danube bend.

Esztergom’s main attractions

Esztergom is not a big city, but despite that it is rich in different types of attractions. The inner city is very nice with the Casthedral, the Castle, several museums and there is a smaller Danube branch with a longish shape island as well. The city has a historic atmosphere.

Esztergom Cathedral

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The Esztergom cathedral is the biggest cathedral in Hungary (and the highest building in all Hungary). The height of the Cathedral is 100m, the area is 5660 m2 (6700 square yards). Not many bigger clerical building can be found in Europe, except the St Peter’s in Rome, the St Paul’s in London, the Koln dome and the Milan’s dome as far as I know. The building is quite visible almost from everywhere in the neighborhood. The current classicist building was designed by Jozsef Hild. The first Cathedral was built by St Stephen the first King of Hungary, the original building was destroyed by a fire in 1180. In the 16th century the Turks has demolished and used as a Mosque. Later the stored ammo exploded and almost the whole building disappeared.

Esztergom Castle

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The Esztergom Castle is located next to the Esztergom Cathedral. It was a very important stronghold, after the Turks occupied it they speak about it after for long decades.

Kis Duna (Little Danube)

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The Danube has a smaller branch which creates an island next to Esztergom. It looks like a channel, bordered by huge plane trees, there are many boats on the surface of the water, and it has a very nice atmosphere.
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Aquasziget Esztergom – Esztergom Aqua-island bath

The Esztergom open bath is located next to the Danube on the small longish island. The bath is quite enjoyable with green areas, catering services and several pools and slides. There are external and internal pools as well. In the summer heat it is very useful.

Location: Esztergom, Táncsics Mihály u. 5, 2500
Telephone: (30) 994 9288

Esztergom inner city

The inner city of Esztergom is very nice. The street has a historic feel, the atmosphere is quite nice relaxed, peaceful. Usually no crowd here. There are huge trees in most places.
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Esztergom inner city Sewage Manhole cover
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Statue in the inner city.

Maria Valeria bridge and Parkany (Sturovo)

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The Maria Valeria bridge over the Danube connects the areas of Esztergom and Parkany. Parkany is a smaller city on the Slovakian side. It has 11,100 inhabitants, mostly Hungarians as well. There was a settlement here even in the Roman times. It has a popular thermal bath, especially it was popular because it was very cheap, I don’t know the situation now. The Garam spring joins the Danube river here. There are some smaller hills up to 400m height. It is the Southest settlement in current Slovakian area. Apart from the bath the city center and the Danube bank are the most popular sites here. The bridge is quite windy compare to what I used to in most places in Hungary. The Danube is natural wind corridor, which is a good thing.

Esztergom museums

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Esztergom has many museums.

Church museum

Here we can check many collections from the 12-20th centrury including paints, coins, sculptures, icons, graphical collections from different artists from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, italy and Hungary.

Location: 2500 Esztergom Mindszenty hercegprimás tere 2.

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Cathedral treasury

It is in the Main Cathedral.
Location: 2500 Esztergom Szent István tér 1.

National museum’s Castle musem

Location: 2500 Esztergom Szent István tér 1.

Danube museum

Location: Esztergom, Kölcsey Ferenc u. 2, 2500
Telephone: (33) 500 250

Palatinus lake

The Palatinus lake is a very popular lake in Esztergom Dorog area. Half of the lake is beach in summer, the other side of the lake is used for diving. Even an old boat was sunk here, which was found in the Danube. The water of the lake is very clear.

Esztergom restaurants

Esztergom has several very nice restaurants mainly next to the Danube and in the inner city near the Cathedral.

Prímás Pince

Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Szent István tér 4.
Telephone: +36 33 541-965 ·

Csülök csárda

Cím: Esztergom, Batthyány Lajos u. 9, 2500
Telephone: (33) 412 420


Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Helischer József út 2
Telephone: (70) 521 2135

Nautilus boat bar

Cím: 2500 Esztergom,
Telephone: +36 30/642-69-53, +36 33/313 942

Caffe grante

Cím: 2500 Esztergom, Dorogi út 5–7.
Telephone: (33) 435 272


Cím: Esztergom, Pázmány Péter u. 21, 2500
Telefon: (33) 311 212

Vaskapu menedekhaz

Cím: It is in the hills called Vaskapu
Telefon: +36 30 335 3325 (Hunor Gábor)

Szalma csárda

Cím: Esztergom, Nagy Duna stny. 2., 2500
Telefon: (33) 403 838

Esztergom’s natural values

Esztergom is located at the foot of the very nice Pilis hills, and part of the Danube bend as well. There are many green areas, forests, hills, lakes around with significant wildlife.

Esztergom Hotels

There are not many Hotels in Esztergom, but there are plenty in the neighborhood.

Bellevue Hotel ****

80 rooms in the Bubanat valley (not in the center, but not far in a beautiful area) with nice view on the Danube bend.
Location: Esztergom/Búbánatvölgy, Őrtorony u. 49, 2500
Telefon: +36 (33) 510 810

Hotel Grante ***

Dog-friendly place.
11 rooms, for 35 people, very popular, and highly rated, but it is a 3 star Hotel.
Location: Esztergom, Dorogi út 5, 2509
Telefon: (33) 435 272

Hotel Saint Adalbert ***

In the center under the Cathedral and the Castle. 39 rooms for 79 people, there are apartmans and smaller rooms as well.
Location: +36 33 541 972
Telefon: +36 33 541 972

Esztergom Hotel ***

Location: Prímás island, HRSZ: 16332,
Telefon: (33) 412 555

Roza Hotel ***

Location: Esztergom, Táti út 28, 2500
Telefon: +36 (33) 630 005

Boutique Hotel Atrium

Location: 2500, Esztergom, Bajcsy Zsillinszky u. 29.
Telefon: +36 (33) 402-196

Interesting Hotels nearby

This area is very pleasant at the both side of the Danube. This is why many nice hotels here as well, some of the with thermal water or wellness services, or without. Some of them is a very nice forest or valley, others in the city center. Mostly green the main dominant color at these places though.

Oreg halasz Hotel and restaurant ***

Location: 2534 Tát, Fő út 2.
Telefon: +36 33 444 592.

Thermal Hotel Visegrad ****


Szent Orbán Forest wellness Nagybörzsöny-Kóspallag ****

Inside the Börzsöny hill forest, the Hotel built from wood material, 60 rooms for 148 person

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Sumeg Hungary ( Sümeg )


Sumeg Hungary

Sumeg Hungary

Sumeg Hungary

Sümeg in Hungarian language

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Sumeg is a small city North from Lake Balaton, 25km from Heviz. I would not recommend Sumeg as a primary target in Hungary for a week or more, such as Lake Balaton, or Budapest, but for a day excursion from Lake Balaton, or Budapest is a very pleasant target. It is a small settlement with a Castle in the center. Not a big city which makes it enjoyable.

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Sumeg situated near Heviz close to the Northwest part of Lake Balaton. Sumeg is a small settlement in the Balaton uplands area. It is located behind the Keszthely mountains. East from Sumeg nice, beautiful little villages can be found.


Sumeg was occupied even in the Roman era. Archeologist found several traces in the city, such as pottery, and even traces of an ancient Christian Cathedral. In the development of the city the Castle had a big impact. See more about the Castle below.
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How to get there ?

Several ways to get there from Budapest:
Other option road No 7 until Szekesfehervar after road No 8(third access from Budapest next to Auchan store) – road 84 Csabrendek Sümeg
From Budapest, or Siofok M7 highway, all aroud Lake Balaton, Keszthely, Cserszegtomaj, Zalaszanto, Bazsi, Sumeg, see more detailed in Zalaszanto review
See more about Zalaszanto here

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Main attractions of Sumeg

Sumeg’s main attraction is the Castle which is situated on a 87m hill above the city. The Castle or Fortress is in a good shape compare to other Hungarian Castle ruins. The fortress first was built in the 14 century, after the Tatarian invasion in 1240-41. Afterwards the Castle was demolished in 1713 by the Habsburgs. Afterwards lots of rebuildings, and renovations happened here.

Sumeg castle

The Castle is quite visible from everywhere. Only accessed by walk, or by the special local Taxi. The parking is at the bottom of the hill.

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Sumeg festivals and events

Most festivals in Sumeg during the year are connected to the Castle.
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2015 Jun 13-14 National archery competition in the Sumeg Castle
2015 Jun 20 Rizling rendez-vous Wine tasting in the Castle garden with live performances
2015 Jun 21 Night of the museums in the Sumeg Castle
2015 Jun 24 11th St James days – The days of wine and hunting in the Castle garden
2015 Aug 08 Historical horse riding games in the Kisfaludy garden
2015 September 19-20 Farewell festival

Sumeg restaurants
Scotti udvarhaz restaurant

Location: 8330 Sümeg, Szent Istvan square 1.
Telephone: +36 87 550 063

Thirty’s restaurant

Location: Sümeg, Road No 87
Telephone: +36 87 350 013

Szt László Lovag restaurant

Location: 8330 Sümeg Tóth Tivadar 19.
Telephone: +36 550 166

Things to do and see nearby

Lake Balaton, Heviz hot water lake and several spa hotels and lots of resturants, Tapolca cave lake, Zalaszanto, Kehidakustany spa, can have big fun for the kids, Fenekpuszta roman era ruins near to Keszthely, Keszthely museums restaurants beach, Fenekpuszta bird ringing station, Nice forests at Keszthely hills, Castle ruins at Rezi next to Zalaszanto in the forest, Badacsony hills and wine cellars next to Lake Balaton. Varvolgy is also a nice place with a very good restaurant. Bakony hills huge green areas little North-east, most beautiful places here Zirc arboretum, Bakonybel, Fenyofo and Csesznek, Bakonyszentkiraly area.

Hotels in Sumeg
Hotel Kapitany Wellness

At the bottom of the Castle hill, family friendly
Location: 8330 Sümeg Tóth Tivadar u 19.
Telephone: +87 550 166

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Lake Balaton
Miskolctapolca cave bath
Top 10 places to visit in Hungary
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Lake Tisza Hungary
Aggtelek Hungary
Pannonhalma Hungary

Kehidakustany Hungary


Kehidakustany Hungary

Kehidakustany Hungary

Kehidakustany Hungary


Kehidakustany situated near Heviz close to the Northwest part of Lake Balaton. Kehidakustany is a small settlement created from two separate village Kehida and Kustany. There are approximately 800 people lives in the village. Between the two parts of the village flows the Zala river, which comes from the Orseg area, and the main water supply of the Lake Balaton through the Kis Balaton reserve area. In Kehidakustany the Zala river is quite small, just several km-s away significantly wider, before it enters the Lake Balaton.

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How to get there ?

The easiest way to go on road No 76 from Lake Balaton’s west side, after turn right, where the sign indicates it, and after all the way through. The spa going to be leftwards, from the main road need to turn left after we arrive in the village. We cross Zala river, after keep leftwards, and the Spa entrance with a big parking area can be found in right side of the road.

Kehidakustany spa

The spa in Kehidakustany is not a small one. There are many pools, internal and external as well. I wouldn’t say that it belongs to the very best in Hungary, but it is very nice. Nice calm atmosphere, even there is a quiet room, playing room for small kids, jacuzzi, thermal water pools. In the end of November there were not too many people in the Spa, I bet in summer in rainy weather many people can be found here. Even if many people attend, the facilities are quite big, no problem to provide lots of people


Kehidakustany spa ticket system

In the spa there is an interesting ticket system. They offer several packages. There is a simple package, a little more pricey package with thermal-medical bath, an even more expensive with saunas, and so on. In Late afternoon the prices are discounted in every category from a specified date, before closing.


No of pools:13
total water covered area: 2400 m2
Slides:94m giant slide, outside kamikaze slides(summer) – there are some restrictions about the slides regarding ages, and height (1.2m)
Lazy river, bigger than in the Szechenyi bath in Budapest
Pool bar
Kids splash
Other services: Baby mammy quiet room

Things to do and see nearby

There are an asphalt covered bicycle road near the village border, Heviz hot water lake, Zalaszanto buddhist stypa, watermill museum, Fenekpuszta bird ringing station, Fenekpuszta ruins, Sumeg castle, Nice forest at Keszthely hills, Kis Balaton reserve area, Keszthely (a little bigger city here next to Lake Balaton) Festetich castle, and several museums and restaurants

Pannonhalma Hungary


Pannonhalma Hungary

Pannonhalma Hungary

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How to get there ?

Road No 82 from M1 leads here from Gyor.

Short history of the archabbey

The city of Pannonhalma is most famous for its benedictine archabbey. In 996 prince Géza settled Czech monks on the “sacred hill” of Pannonia. The purpose of the founder was to create a bridge-head for medieval European culture. The first king of Hungary, Saint Steven (1000-1038), also frequently came about to visit the monastery which was built to honour Saint Martin of Tours. Abbot Uros (1207-1243), the builder of the current gothic church, repelled the mongols from under the walls of the monastery-fortress. Under abbot Máté Tolnai, the monastery raised to an advantaged position among the benedictine monasteries and became archabbey in 1541. During the 150 years of Turkish thraldom monks had to flee for shorter and longer periods of time. After the repulse of the Turkish forces the ruined buildings could be put in repair. Under archabbot Benedek Sajghó significant baroque constructions took place.

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The 18th century, the era of enlightenment had its imprint on the life of the monks. The state and rulers judged the functioning of monasteries by its immediate usefulness, and recognized the raison d’étre of only those orders that dealt with healing or teaching. Since the tradition represented by the Regula of Saint Benedict accentuate on the life of the community rather than the work of the community, Joseph II terminated the activity of all houses of the benedictine congregation.

The order was restored in 1802, and was entrusted with secondary school teaching as its main field of action.

After 1945 the lordships of the order and the benedictine schools were secularized. Interestingly from 1950 on the operation of the high school of Győr and Pannonhalma were reauthorized. The monk community performed its work faithfully during the troublesome years, and laboured on the renewal of its liturgy and the preparation of the Hungarian lyrics and tunes of the lauds after the 2nd synod of Vatican (1963-1965).

After the end of communism, the benedictine community of Pannonhalma (alongside of continuing the running of the school) tries to find the wherewithal which would allow to fulfill its role in the church and in the world.

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The main parts of the monastery

The archabbey of Pannonhalma was inscribed on the world heritage list due to its outstanding historical, cultural and architectural values.

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The complex consists of the basilica, the monk’s chambers, the common lodging house for old priests, the cloister (quadratura), the refectory, the library, the artistic and scientific collections, the cartulary (archives), and the high school with its class-rooms, dormitory, dining-room and gymnasium. In the abbey more than 40 monks live, the number of pupils in the school is around 320.

The monk’s chambers, the common lodging house, the refectory and the high school is restricted from tourists. The archives cannot be visited because it contains exceptionally valuable material.

Visitable places of the monastery


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The current building is the third church of the abbey which hides wall portions of the older churches. The consecration of the first church is dated in the sanad of Saint Steven from 1002. This scripture contains the information that the construction work was initiated by prince Géza, the father of Saint Steven.

In 1137 the chancellory of king Béla II issued a certificate that reports on the first rebuilding of the church. The ancient monument exploration discovered many wall portions of significant size of this second church building.

The only sure clue of the absolute chronology of the current third church is a royal charter issued in 1225 commemorating the consecration ceremony. The examination of architectural features reveals that three master groups worked on the construction.

The 10th to13th century Romanesque building was redesigned to Gothic style in 1486, and was expanded in the 16th century. The most beautiful and most valuable architectural details have survived from this period. Following the Turkish ravage and ruination it was substantially rebuilt in the first half of the 18th century with baroque elements. The today’s spectacular exterior of the church is determined by the 19th century neo-classical buildings. The imposing west facade with the 55 m high tower in the middle and the main library was built between 1824 to 1836, according to the plans of János Packh and Ferenc Engel. The basilica-style church has a rectangular shape elongated in east-west direction. The colonnades divide the building to a nave and two side-aisles. The windows of the nave aisle receive direct light because it is so much risen above the side-aisles. The north side chapels were built in the 15th century. Great values are the St. Benedict’s Chapel with dripstone vault and the St. Mary’s Chapel with a beautifully carved Renaissance gate. The shrine is star-shaped with net vault. The church furniture is from the sixties and seventies of the 19th century. The marble altar and pulpit were designed by Ferenc Stornó of Sopron.


The undercroft beneath the sanctuary was almost completely preserved in the original 13th century form. It is an early Gothic masterpiece. The decoration of capitals, keystones, guardian stones is notable. Each one has a different carving on it.

The church incorporates a large organ designed by dr. Kilián Szigeti and Tamás Tóth. The final disposition was reworked by Gábor Trajtler and dr. Lukács Áment. The design of the organ started in 1980 and the construction was finished in 1985. There are many organ concerts in the basilica throughout the year.

The basilica serves as a praying and worship place for the monks. They recite and sing laudes and vespers every day and there is an hour of prayer and a convention mass every day. On Sunday there is a mass for the people and one for families.

Cloister and Porta Speciosa

The cloister (quadrum or quadratura) was originally built in Romanesque style in the 13th century. It was restructured into Gothic style from 1472 to 1486 under king Matthias’ rule. On its corbels there are human, animal and plant figures representing symbolically the sins and virtues. Pannonhalma is the only unviolated example of the architectural arrangement of benedictine tradition. The cloister, the center of the monastery, is a hallway surrounding a quadratical garden. On its north side the basilica stands. To the east side was the chapter-house (or audit-room) where the monks and the abbot prayed and talked over the everyday tasks. The refectory originally connected to the south side. (A new refectory was built under abbot Benedek Sajghó in the 17th century.) Besides the refectory was the calefactory (in the medieval era the rooms were not heated in winter). At the west wing were the workshops and the scriptorium. In the little garden flowers and herbs were grown; it was the pharmacy of the medieval monastery. There is a 11 m deep medieval cistern and a sun-dial in the garden. The renovation of the cloister dredged up the “Volto Santo” Christ image from the 14th century which can be found on the south wall of the basilica. The chamber on the left side of Porta Speciosa served as a storage for a portion of the books of the monastery, since the monks used to read books of the saints while walking around in the cloister as instructed in the Regula of Saint Benedict.

In the Middle Ages one of the main entrances to the church was the Porta Speciosa (ornate entrance). This portal leads to the church from the cloister and it was crafted also in the 13th century. The basilica was mainly built for the monks not for the pilgrims, this is why the ornate entrance gives on to the cloister, not to outdoor space. There are five twin pillars to the left and five to the right made out of red marble with lime-stone capitals and with grey marble feet. The arches are alternately made out of red marble and lime-stone. The painting above the entrance depicts Saint Martin and is a memory of the renovation from 1875.


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The library in the northwest corner was built in classical style (likewise the tower) between 1824 and 1827. The huge empire style library room is wrapped around by 36 marbled wood Ionic columns. They keep the carved choir, while 150 carved cherry wood cabinets cover the walls. On the ceiling frescoes (1830) Minerva, the goddess of science is enthroned in the clouds of Mount Olympus. Gray painted images depict the great antiquity philosophers, writers, poets, and worthy people of Hungarian history, literature and science. The 360 thousand-volume library is considered one of the greatest religious library in Europe. It contains many curiosities.


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The collections of the abbey are divided into a numizmatic collection, stone collection, gravures and paintings. The area in the library lobby is organized into a permanent exhibition. The exhibition shows relics, vestments, jewelry, paintings, and finds of architecture and religious history.

Relics which have been found in and around the town are displayed in the vitrines. Most of the artifacts come from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age, the Roman period, the time of the migration and from the Turkish occupation period.

There are famous book copies, one of which is a copy of the foundation letter of Pannonhalma dating from 1001 and signed by King Stephen (Stephanus Rex). The other is the photocopy of the foundation letter of Tihany from the year 1055, which is the oldest Hungarian and finno-ugrian linguistic relic.

Among the approx. 30 paintings shown there are Dutch and Flemish, Italian, Spanish, French, German and Austrian artists. The most famous piece in the collection is the “Farewell in Brussels”, a painting by David Teniers of Netherlands.

The exhibition is open for visitors from March to November of 2013.


Centuries earlier the Roman wine culture was flourishing in Transdanubia, which was revived by the settled Benedictine monks. The abbey had its own winery until the secularization in 1945. After the end of communism this tradition was renewed in 2000 and a wine cellar was built and the the winery was re-launched in the fall of 2003. They grow the vines on their own plantations. On one hand they have bought back some of the former vineyards of the abbey, on the other hand, they established new plantations. The Pannonhalma wine region is part of the North-Transdanubian wine region, in which traditionally white grapes were planted. Although the main line of bearing is comely white wines, the winery is also experimenting with red wines which they consider promising.

The visit takes place by professional guidance organized by the Abbey Winery of Pannonhalma, during which guests will have an insight into the Benedictine wine culture, history, learn about the new buildings and the technological processes of wine making and can taste wines.

Please register in advance for a guided visit:



H-9090 Pannonhalma, Vár 1.








In fair weather our taster terrace is open from 12h00 to 19h00 between May and the end of August all days while in September only on weekends, with a beautiful view of the monastery lavender plantations and extending east a beautiful landscape unfolds before visitors. The weather permitting in this way guests who do not wish to participate in a cellar tour program, or just want to spend a pleasant afternoon in this unique setting also have the opportunity to taste current wines.

Opening hours of the archabbey and winery for tourists


Archabbey visiting

Guidance in the winery

Cash-desk Opening hours

01/01 to 03/20
Monday to Sunday


Individual visitors can view the sights of the monastery using an audio guide device, within the actual opening hours.


Guidance for individual visitors starts at 11h30 and 14h30 in Hungarian

Registration in advance necessary

10h00 to 17h00

03/21 to 04/30
Tuesday to Sunday
Monday closed

05/01 to 05/31
Monday to Sunday

Registration in advance necessary

09h00 to 16h00

06/01 to 09/30
Monday to Sunday

Registration in advance necessary

09h00 to 17h00

10/01 to 11/11
Tuesday to Sunday
Monday closed

Registration in advance necessary

09h00 to 16h00

11/12 to 12/31
Tuesday to Sunday
Monday closed

Registration in advance necessary

10h00 to 15h00


Audio guide can be set to the following languages: Hungarian, German, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Japan, Slovakian.

The duration of the visit is unconstricted, but visitors should leave the archabbey 1.5 hours after the cash-desk closes.

For organized groups personal guidance can be required by registration in advance and fixing the appointment. The guidance can start within opening hours at any time.

Information for visitors arriving by car. There is no parking possibility on the hill of the archabbey. The closest parking lot is about 200 meters away on Kosaras hill where the Viator Restaurant is located.

Further information
TriCollis Reservation Center
Tel.: (+36 96) 570 191

Our Lady (Boldogasszony) chapel

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The Boldogasszony chapel can be visited from June to September between 9 and 17 hours. You can reach it by about a 15 minute walk from the archabbey. Its construction started in 1714, the baroque building was renovated in 1865 in romantic style. The chapel originally served as the parish-church for people living in the neighborhood. The main pieces of its furnishment are 3 altars and a little organ from the 18th century. The crypt under the building is the burial-place of the monks up to this day.

Millennium monument

In 1896, seven millennial monuments were erected in Hungary, one of which is in Pannonhalma. The Hungarians occupied the Carpathian basin in 896. The monumets were set up to celebrate the 1000th year of this event. The Millennium Monument currently cannot be visited, but it can be viewed from the outside.

Arboretum (botanical garden) and Herb garden

Opposite the entrance of the Archabbey is the Arboretum, a botanical garden with hundreds of tree and shrub species, and a portion of them are special species and varieties rarely occuring in the country. It is also a valuable ornithological area, mainly because of the wide variety of songbirds. The Arboretum is a place for recreation and relaxation, but regular teaching and research work is going on as well.

In ancient times, monks carefully cultivated and collected plants to heal. We have data from the first decades of the 19th century about the scientific investigation of nature, and consciousness about shaping the natural environment of the monastery.

Arboretum of the Archabbey and herb gardens can be visited throughout the year,
– From May to September between 9 and 20 hours
– From October to April between 10 to 17 hours.

The Herb House and Rectificator Building is open
– From 30 March to 31 April: Tuesday to Sunday between 11 and 17 hours
– From 1 May to 30 September: Monday to Sunday between 11 and 17 hours

– From 1 October to 31 October: Tuesday to Sunday between 11 and 17 hours

Viator restaurant

The Viator Abbey Restaurant and Wine Bar is located in the new visitor’s building of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, on the Kosaras hill, which is about 200 meters away from the entrance of the Archabbey.

Viator is the gastronomic symbol of the Benedictine community of Pannonhalma, traditional and modern at the same time. 11 km far from the M1 motorway, it is suitable for both tourists and business people during the daily rush for a relaxed lunch or dinner.Viator presents diversity with good price-value ratio, guests can simultaneously savor the Benedictine tradition and modern gastronomy. Viator is in harmony with the wonderful surroundings at the foot of the Archabbey and also provides a beautiful view of the ancient monastery. The staff was selected by the Radványi Roland consultant. This team of young people took a major challenge to show the culinary face of the 1000 year old Benedictine Abbey for those arriving to Pannonhalma. Viator plays a key role in the wines, especially the strategic partner Abbey Winery’s products – also including items that are only available in Pannonhalma – offered to you, but almost every wine-growing region is represented on the wine list. The expert staff seeks food and wine harmony at all times by professional advice, especially in the “wine evenings” this is the team’s endeavor. The building incorporates a technically well-equipped conference room which can be an optimal place for business meeting, professional trainings, team building programs and scientific consultations.

Opening hours:

Monday 11h to 22h

Tuesday 11h to 22h

Wednesday 11h to 22h

Thursday 11h to 22h

Friday 11h to 22h

Saturday 10h to 23h

Sunday 10h to 21h

Neighboring areas

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At the bottom of the hill a fishing lake can be found. The area is located in a nice natural surrounding.

Interesting targets in Hungary at the links below

Miskolctapolca cave bath
Top 10 places to visit in Hungary
Eger Hungary
Heviz Hungary
Szeged Hungary
Lake Tisza Hungary
Aggtelek Hungary

Komarom Hungary


Komarom Hungary (Komárom in Hungarian)


Komarom is a very interesting historical town in Hungary, situated in Northwest Hungary. In fact there are two Komarom: at the Slovakian side also there is a city called Komarom (Komarno, Old Komarom, Port Komarom). To reach the other city just needs to walk through the bridge. Two bridge connects the two cities: a railway and a highway bridge. Earlier it was one city with different names, before that the Hungarian part was connected to other city (Szony). The bigger one at the Slovakian side can be found. At the Hungarian side a defense system has been consisted of several fortresses. The city was an important scene in 1848 revolution as well. Komarom is a spa city, Komarom has a huge spa.

Komarom spa

In Komarom a nice thermal water spa can be found. The spa has 9 pools. There are open air pools and covered pools as well.

Monostori stronghold

is an interesting part of this stronghold system: it is located in a huge area, see pictures below, usual place for film making for example.