Optional excursion 21 June

 

All day long trip to Herend and Lake Balaton

Herend and the pearls of Lake Balaton: Balatonfüred and Tihany

 

Departure: 7.30

 

Herend

 

   

The first stop of our trip is the world famous Herend Porcelain Manufactury, where you can not only get acquainted with the mysteries of porcelain-making, but rather take a painting brush and your own creativity can be also tested. Visitors can admire the Porcelanium’s permanent collections and the periodic exhibition which present the history of the manufacture. After the visit in the world of porcelain, you will have time to shop in the “Viktória” brand shop and enjoy the hospitality of Apicius Café. More information: http://herend.com/

After a traditional Hungarian lunch, we will visit the most popular town of Balaton called Balatonfüred within a short walk to the port. Balatonfüred’s countless cultural value and a range of programs have made this town one of the most appealing tourist destination. Following the short walk, we take the ship to take a closer look at the “Hungarian sea”. More information: https://balatonfured.hu/

 

Tihany

After the half hour boat trip we arrive to the jewel of the Tihany Peninsula which is definitely the most beautiful town of Hungary. It is known for such specialities like the Echo of Tihany, the Ancient Village, Hermits’ homes and the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany. The peninsula’s main attraction is the almost 1000 year-old Benedictine Abbey with the decorated baroque church, the under croft from 11th century and the crypt of I. András. The monastic absence makes the Abbey Museum’s unforgettable exhibition even more special. The Lapidary is one of the special values of the museum, but there are usually periodic showings about church art and fine art. Furthermore, another monument of the building is that the last Hungarian Royal couple, king IV. Károly and his wife queen Zita spent their last days here, between 26 and 31 October 1921, before they were banished to Madeira island. The rooms which were used by the royal couple can be viewed as a part of the museum. The renovated baroque chorus and sacristy are in the Abbey Museum. The carved equipment and gallery of the church were made by Sebestyén Stuhlhof (1723-1779) and are also shown during the trip.

The monk homes are interesting sights too. In the eastern slope of Óvár hill, Greek Orthodox hermits hollowed out their cells, a chapel and a dining room from the rocks in the 11th -14th century. This is the only hermits' place which is relatively well-preserved in the Carpathian Basin and even in Central Europe. After the visit of the Abbey and the Museum visitors will have free time to walk in the Ancient Village and with little luck participate in the lavender flower festival.  

More information: http://www.tihanyiapatsag.hu/Tihanyi_Bences_Apatsag.html

 

The trip ends with a quick dinner then around 19.00 return to Mosonmagyaróvár.