Lake Ferto Neusiedler see


Lake Ferto Neusiedler see

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Lake Ferto Neusiedler see
Introduction – Lake Ferto Neusiedler see

The Lake Ferto/Neusiedler see is a shallow water lake/swamp in the Austrian/Hungarian border. The area is listed at Unesco World Heritage sites. The total area of the Lake is 307 km2, but this data is not so sure. The area of the Lake is changing and many datas are available in the internet. The total size of the area is 747 km2. What is more obvious that approximately 60-70 percent of the area belongs to Austria and the smaller area belongs to Hungary.
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About the Lake – Lake Ferto Neusiedler see

The Lake’s average water depth is approximately 0,5m. The water contains lots of salt, the mud considered to be beneficial for health problems. Most areas are covered with reeds. The Austrian parts are not so covered with reeds like the Hungarian parts where approximately 70-80% are reed covered. Asphalt covered bicycle road goes around the Lake.

Natural values – Lake Ferto Neusiedler see

The area is part of the joint Neusiedler see Seewinkel(founded in 1992) and Ferto Hansag(founded in 1991) National park, and has a very rich flora and fauna. The area is also part of the Ramsar wetlands agreement. Lots of birds can be found here at migration and other times as well, totally more than 340 species can be seen here. Some of the interesting species here are the avocet, black winged stilt, white tailed eagle, bearded tit, all kinds of shorebirds, blue throat, moustached warbler and others. There are a visitor center at the North border of Illmitz, at Fertoujlak, and near Sarrod as well called Kocsagvar, Ontesmajor and the Esterhazy birdwatching station between Osli and Bosarkany. Apart from the Lake there are other protected areas as well as shallow salty lakes. areas next to Repce river and Csaford forest.

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Winemaking – Lake Ferto – Neusiedler see

The area is an important winemaking area as well. The special micro climate helps to wine growing.

Interesting places around the Lake – Lake Ferto – Neusiedler see

Sopron is one of the most interesting tourist target in Hungary and it is not far from the Lake Ferto. Sopron is a middle sized city with little bit more than 60,000 inhabitants, interesting natural surrounding, very good quality restaurants, lots of museums, some interesting Castles and buildings. Sopron is one of the top tourist targets in Hungary.


Fertod is a relatively small settlement in the Lake Ferto area. Fertod is famous about the Esterhazy family and the famous Baroque Castle of the Esterhazy family. Joseph Haydn lived 20 years in Fertod. The Fertod Castle is one of the two biggest baroque Castle in Hungary. The Castle has 126 rooms, the upstairs hall and the connected music hall was the main room here.


Eisenstadt is an interesting place near lake Ferto with a huge Festetich Castle.

Spas nearby

In Hegyko a thermal spa can be found.

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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

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Sopron Hungary


Sopron street

Sopron street in the outside area


Sopron Hungary
Introduction – Sopron Hungary

Sopron is one of the coolest and most popular city in Hungary. Not just because it is far from everywhere in Hungary, but it is a truly beautiful city. Sopron is situated in the West part of Hungary not far from Austria, and is a middle sized city in Hungary: it has approximately 61 000 inhabitants (2012). The city is rich in both historical and natural values: it has several Castles, an approximately 20 museums, nice hills, and forests, a unique botanical garden. Sopron is very close to the hearts of Hungarian people because the city’s inhabitants needs to vote, which country they want to belong to: Austria or Hungary, and the Sopron people voted that they want to belong to Hungary. The city has an own money which is also unique, the Soproni kekfrank. Sopron is also an important wine region in Hungary.

Let’s see some of the interesting things can be seen here:
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sopron hungary Sopron Sculture of Istvan Szechenyi
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Hungarian flower (Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. nigricans) from the West Hungarian University botanical garden
1. Tarodi castle

The Castle also called by the envious locals as Fool Castle: this is a very interesting castle. The whole castle has been built by Istvan Tarodi who made this castle by his own hands. He was born in 1925 and first started to make wooden castle in the plot of his parents. The wooden castle was 8m tall, and he made it from used wooden material. After he decided if he can manage to have a plot in Lover area of Sopron he rebuilds the wooden castle there. He managed to bought the plot and move the wooden Castle there. After he had several bicycle tours in Hungary (the longest of them was 1500km), with a target to study the middle-age castles. In 1959 he decided to change the wooden castle to a stone castle, and the same year he dug the foundations of the new Castle. There was no plan for the construction only in his head. The total area of the Castle is 10,500m2, the building itself app 2000 m2, the highest tower is 20m high. Istvan had been built stones and bricks enough for approximately 200 wagons. Mostly he had done the work himself from 5 he went to prepare to job for the day after went to work as a painter and after finished his normal work he was there to continue to build the castle until 22:00 he does the work everyday, almost until he died in 2010. Before his retirement, in 1986 he seriously considered to stop the work, but he cannot stopped. The castle was the scene of one famous Hungarian film in the 80’s. The Castle and the surrounding area is unique: In the Castle a well, a knight room, and wine house can be find. In the castle garden some exotic evergreens can be found together with chestnut trees. The castle situated in a beautiful green hillside.
Sopron Csalogany koz 36 (Csalogány köz), Lover(Lővér) area see below.

2. The botanical garden of West Hungarian university.

If you like nature this is a must not miss program here. The garden of the West Hungarian University is huge, like a real botanical garden with lots of vegetation: trees, bushes, flowers, can be found here. The botanical garden is little outside of the inner city, but there are many even outer parts of the city as well. Obviously in Hungary the best period for botanical gardens is the Spring or Early summer: May, June. If you like birds there are some interesting birds here: Kinglets for example, Goldcrest and as Firecrest well. The Goldcrest (regulus regulus) is the smallest bird in Europe, looks like a bouncing walnut on the ground. I didn’t manage to see any of them while we were there, but I heard the very-thin sound several times.

3. City wall

In ancient times in Roman era there was a city here called Scarbantia. The traces of the old city wall is still can be seen here and there. The old settlement situated between two springs. In the Main sqare in a narrow street between Gabrinus and Patika house can be seen a section of the famous Roman Amber road. The Forum was the central part of the city. All roads started from here. In Forum museum and Sopron museum archeological collection can have more information about these things.

4. Loverek

is an interesting green area at Sopron hills. It is actually the name of one part of the city. This hilly area is the Eastest part of the Alps. The whole area is naturally protected, and the area is a nationally qualified health site as well. The area has a nice wildlife as well, beautiful pine and oak trees can be found there, together with chestnut trees which is native there.

5. Karoly viewpoint

is one of the most popular target in Sopron hills, can be accessed on foot, or by car as well. The name is derived from pressman Karoly Romwalter who gathered the money for the construction. Before there was a wooden viewpoint there which needed renovation time to time. He even started a lottery game and theater performances to raise the funds. The new viewpoint was designed by Oszkar Winkler. The height is 23m above the 398m high Varis hill. From the viewpoint the Lake Ferto can be seen together with Kophaza and Nagycenk, even Rax and Scneeberg in clear circumstances.

6. Harrer chocolate factory

If you more than 100 kg forget about it. Not so nice, not so healthy, black. If you thin and no problem with your weight, perhaps you can check it because it is quite nice actually :). Everything is made by hands.

7. Storno house

is one of the most beautiful place in the Sopron inner city. Ferenc Storno started as a chimney sweeper after he become a restorer. The upper level of the two level Baroque house is the museum. The Castle-like house can be found in the Main square. Originally the Storno family is originated in Tessin area, Switzerland. Ferenc Storno was born is Kismarton (now Eisenstadt). He was very talented but his family cannot afford his studies, so he become a chimney sweeper as his father. He arrived in Sopron in 1845. First he worked at an older chimney sweeper after he started to learn arts in Austria, he works even for Prince Lipot. He restaured one of the temple in Sopron and works lots of other places as well.

8. Goat Temple(Kecske templom) in Main square

This temple has different names like Goat Temple, Franciscan temple. The goat name comes from the goat at the Temple’s elevation. The goat was the heraldic animal for Henrik Geisl(means goat) who made the temple built. The temple was built in Gothic style, the internals is in Baroque style.

9. Fire tower (Tuztorony)

The Fire tower is an emblematic place of Sopron, it is 58m high. It was built in the 13th century, but it was burnt later in 1676. The foundation of the tower is quite old, they have found the traces of the North city gate near to the Fire tower.

10. Mining Museum

Sopron, Templom str. 2.
The Mining museum in Sopron is the biggest of it’s kind in Hungary. The museum is in the Esterhazy baroque building. The exhibition shows the thousand year history of Hungarian metal mining. There is a mine section, and all kinds of mining technology included modern technologies as well can be seen here. Subtitles/guides in English, German, and Slovakian languages.

11. Forestry Museum

The Forestry museum can be found in Ersterhazy building in the city center. Everything about forestry: old tools, maps, etc. Hunting exhibition can be found here, and other temporary exhibitions as well.

12. Tomalom/Lover lake bath

This nice lake can be found next to the forest area. In hot summer the water definitely help to overcome heat. It is open from June to September.
Tel:+36 20/221-0525
Outside of season:+36 99/513-423

13. Summer toboggan

Next to road No 84, before the Austrian border. A 750m long summer toboggan track.

14. Lover adventure park
Sopron restaurants

Apart from the numerous historical buildings, museums and castles the city has a very nice atmosphere and very good food. One very nice restaurant is the Jegverem (Ice house) here. See some nice restaurants below to give an idea.


Address:9400 Sopron Jegverem u.(street) 1
Telephone:+36 99 510-113

Tercia Hubertus restaurant

Address:9400 Sopron Hubertus u 1
Telephone:+36 99 513-070

Panorama restaurant

Address:9400 Sopron Fürdő sor 25
Telephone:+36 99 339-141

Forum pizzeria

Address:9400 Sopron Szent Gyorgy u 3.
Telephone:+36 99 340-231

Csoszkunyho restaurant (Hut keeper)

Address:9400 Sopron, Szt Mihaly u 35
Telephone:+36 99 506-588

Katlan winery

Address:9400 Sopron Szárcsa u 3.
Telephone:+36 99 326-349

Perkovatz house English pub

Address:9400 Sopron, Széchenyi square 12.
Telephone:+36 99 316-839

Feher rozsa (White rose) restaurant

Address:9400 Sopron, Pócsi u 21.
Telephone:+36 99 335-270

Papa Joe salon and steak house

Address:9400 Sopron, Varkerulet 108.
Telephone:+36 99 340-933

Thing to see and do nearby:

I can easily spend a week here just in the city. But if you go there for more time it is logical to check Lake Ferto a bit as well, and the Fertod Baroque Castle which is one of the biggest in Hungary. The are next to the Lake is quite nice, for biking for example between the Lake and the wine-making areas.
Visit Lake Ferto (bycicle road available all around), Lake Ferto National Park visitor center Sarrod, Fertod  Castle – one of the finest baroque castle in Hungary, Hegyko spa, Eisenstadt Esterhazy castle in Austria, Balf spa hospital, Nagycenk Szechenyi Castle, Fertorakos quarry, Marchenpark Neusiedler see in Austria(Kid’s Park easily can spend a day there).

Sopron Hotels

Hotel Lővér ***superior

Location: 9400 Sopron, Várisi u 4.
Telephone: +36 99 888-400

Pannonia Hotel

Location: 9400 Sopron, Várkerület 75.
Telephone: +36 99 312 180


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.

Hotel Fagus

Location: 9400 Sopron, Ojtózi fasor 3.
Telephone: +36 99 515 000


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.


Location: 9400 Sopron,
Telephone: +36 99
Web: http://www.

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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

pannonhalma 9

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

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Sarvar Hungary (Sárvár)


Sarvar Hungary (Sárvár in Hungarian)

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Sarvar is a very nice place at the West Part of Hungary. Lots of nice opportunities for tourists: A nice Spa, Botanical garden, beautiful lakes, Raba river, forests, a nice Castle, horse riding possibilities all this in a moderate sized city meaning peaceful atmosphere with not so much travelling. The Castle of Sarvar can be found in a beautiful Park in the city center. The castle was built in the end of 13th century. The Nadasdy Ferenc museum can be found inside the Castle walls, who was the owner of the castle. The museum has 1300m2 exhibition area about the Hungarian “Huszars” history between 1526-1945, history of Sarvar, Carta Hungarica map history exhibition, Industrial Arts exhibition, and book printing history of Sarvar. The castle has been built outside Renaissance inside Baroque style.

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The Sarvar Castle

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Sarvar means if I translate word by word “Mud fortress, or Mud Castle”. In the middle ages it was common to make fortresses all over the country to protect the country from the enemy. Hungary was invaded by the Tatars in 13th century after the Turks in the 16th century for instance. The Turks occupied Hungary for 1.5 centuries. The naturally best location of such fortresses are hilltops on cliffs or places where it is more easy to defend the fortress in case of an attack. These Fortresses are usually built from stone which was there at abundant measures. At some places though there are no hilltops or hills at all, and stone neither. Such places in Hungary it was common to made Fortresses from mud and tree branches or reeds. The Sarvar Castle today is not such a Fortress, and as far as I no there are no such fortress can be seen today in Hungary. The Sarvar Castle is made from brick but in the past it was a mud Fortress this is where the name can come from. The Sarvar Castle was made in the 13th century, and after it was renovated and made it stronger many times. There were many owner of this Castle, first the King of Hungary, after it had several owners, and in the 16th century mostly the Nadasdy family was the owner of the Castle. After the execution of Ferenc Nadasdy (1671) the Vienna Treasury become the owner of the Castle. Later Miklos Draskovich the husband of Krisztina Nadasdy bought the Castle back. After there were several other owners of the Castle included Merchants from Genova, Ferdinand Este the Prince of Modena, and the Bavarian Royal family were the Owners of the Castle until 1945. The size and the areas of the Castle are changed constantly during the years. According to the latest investigations Hans Rudolf Miller made pictures of battles on the ceilings. Ferenc Nadasdy the “Black bey” was a big fighter against the Turks. The weapons of this times are can be seen in the Museum. The “Huszar” (Hussar) was the Hungarian soldier on the horse in the 15-16 century. In the museum the usual weapons and armor can be seen of these soldiers.

The Sarvar spa

is also very famous in Hungary, they organize lots of musical and other programs in the spa also in day and nighttime. Sarvar is one of most popular Spas in Hungary, where there are more than 100 Spas around the country. The Sarvar spa has 16 pools, it is a bigger sized bath in Hungary. The Sarvar thermal water is a medical water, and there is even two types of thermal water here. The two kinds of water comes from different depths, one of them comes from 1200m depth, the other is from 2000m depth. One of the waters are more salty, other has iodine in it with several other minerals.
Sarvar spa website

The Sarvar botanical garden

Sarvar has a beautiful botanical garden with several smaller lakes or ponds, and lots of flowers and plants.
Sarvar arboretum

Forests around Sarvar

The Sarvar area covered with lots of forests. Good possibility for people like to be in the nature, and wants to be away from the crowd of the city.

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The Raba river

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The Raba river is a river which goes to Gyor as well, and joins the river Danube. The areas around the river in Sarvar is quite nice to have a walk.

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Horse riding in Sarvar

Horse riding is also possible in Sarvar. If you never rode it is possible to learn horse riding as well, but if you experienced you have an excellent possibility to ride in a forest in beautiful natural surrounding.

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Hotels in Sarvar

Spirit Hotel *****
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Vadkert krt. 5.
Telephone: +36 95 889 500, +36 20 5889 555

Danubius Health Spa Resort Sárvár
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Rákóczi utca 1.
Telephone: +36 95 888 416

Vitalmed Hotel ****
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Vadkert u. 1.
Telephone: +36 95 523 700

Hotel Viktória Sárvár ****
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Deák Ferenc u. 6.
Telephone: +36 95 320 525

Hotel Bassiana****
Location: Sárvár Várkerület 29-2.
Telephone: +36 95 521 300

Hotel Aqua ***
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Fekete-híd út 126.
Telephone: +36 95 520 730

Wolf Hotel
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Alkotmány u. 4.
Telephone: +36 95 320 460

Harmónia Hotel
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Rákóczi u. 46/A.
Telephone: +36 95 324 444


Park Inn by Radisson Sárvár Resort & Spa
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Vadkert u. 4.
Telephone: +36 95 530 100

Hotel Arborétum ***
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Medgyessy F. u. 20.
Telephone: +36 95 520 630

Hotel Platán ***
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Hunyadi u. 23.
Telephone: +36 95 320 623

Mirage Hotel ****
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Rákóczi Ferenc utca 57.
Telephone: +36 20 334 7371

Apartman Hotel Sárvár ***
Location: 9600 Sárvár, Fekete-híd utca 17.
Telephone: +36 95 520 600

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