EVENTS

PERMANENT PROGRAMMES

For individual visitors

For groups

Order of visits

Tickets

CULTURE,
TRADITION, SPIRIT

Temporary exhibitions

Visit to the Scent Museum

Museum pedagogy

Canonical hour

Arboretum and Herbal Garden

Saint Maurus of Pécs look-out tower

Foliage educational path

outdoor and indoor community spaces

VISIT TO THE MONASTERY

FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITORS

Individual guests may use an audio-guide on their visit to the abbey or take a guided tour once or twice a day.

Foreign guests can choose audio-guide in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Slovakian, Polish, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese or Spanish languages.

English or German speaking groups are guided by local guides of TriCollis Booking Centre in English and German languages. The travel guide arriving with the group is only permitted to interpret the Hungarian guide in case of groups speaking multiple languages.

Visit to the monastery

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Guided tour

Monday

closed

Tuesday - Sundayat 11.00 and 14.00 o'clock

FOR GROUPS

Previously arranged groups are welcome at the Archabbey, and can choose from the following programmes in addition to the guided tour of the abbey:

  • Visit to the Winery
  • Visit to the Arboretum and Herbal Garden látogatás
  • Museum pedagogy programmes
  • Visit to the Scent Museum
  • Tasting Benedictine products

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Selected event(s) (more than one is possible)

CULTURE,
TRADITION, SPIRIT

TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

From March to November every year, our visitors can see the current temporary exhibition on the ground floor of the Library in the Monastery Exhibition Space to close the guided tour of the abbey.

21st March 2022 – 11th November 2022

Renewal

Temporary exhibition in the Cultural season of Renewal
The temporary exhibition focuses on the renewal of the individual which is usually preceded by self-reflexion, the conscious critical examination of our own life. This is a slow and difficult process but no real change exists without it. The pieces of art exhibited are related to Pannonhalma and the thought of religious renewal in a variety of ways. Visitors can see some works that have been presented elsewhere in a different context. Most of the pieces exhibited here were, however, prepared directly for this occasion.

Trustee: Tamás Don
Artists: Lőrinc Borsos (János Borsos and Lilla Lőrinc), Viola Fátyol,
Nóra Juhász, Erik Mátrai, Judit Lilla Molnár, Zsófia Puszt

Open in line with the opening hours of the Archabbey.

VISIT TO THE SCENT MUSEUM

The garden as a place, the herbs as images of the wealth of the created world, and the products as cures for the body and the soul all serve to benefit people. God created them so that joy, happiness and hope would accompany us through our lives.

The first scent museum was opened in Pannonhalma in 2021. The museum offers an interactive insight into the botanical and growing characteristics, as well as the uses of the five herbs traditionally grown in the herbal garden of the Archabbey (French lavender, sage, lemon balm, thyme and peppermint). Additionally, seven scents are also presented at the exhibition (such asfrankincense, musk and rose) that have been used to make perfumes for thousands of years in different parts of the world. During the guided tour, visitors are given a deep insight into the technology used in growing the plants, the distillation of essential oils, as well as in the manufacture of the products.

The museum can be visited free of charge when open and when no guided tours are running.

Visit the Scent Museum

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Guided tour

Guided tours may be booked for groups at specific times.

From November 1, the Scent Museum can be visited by groups of over 10 people with prior registration.

MUSEUM PEDAGOGY

We offer museum pedagogy sessions on a variety of topics for groups of children aged between 6 and 14. We aim to present the life of the Benedictine community living here, the history of the monastery and our activities within it in an inspiring way for the children.

The following programmes are available depending on the interests and age of the group:

A Thousand Years – guided tour
of the abbey for primary school children

  • Lower primary groups can watch an animation about the life of St. Martin, the patron saint of the monastery; and upper primary groups can see a film about life at the monastery. "A Thousand Years—A guided tour of the abbey for primary schoolchildren" Lower primary groups can watch an animation about the life of St. Martin, the patron saint of the monastery; and upper primary groups can see a film about life at the monastery.
  • Egy makett segítségével megbeszéljük az apátság
    építéstörténetet, az egyes épületrészek szerzetesközösség
    életében betöltött szerepét
  • A walk around the abbeybuildings with a guide that takes around half an hour.

Recommended age group: between 6 and 14
Recommended number of children: approx. 30.
Price: HUF 1,950/person

Visit the garden
and chocolate tasting

  • Walk in the herbal garden, presenting the herbs traditionally grown here


  • Guided tour in the scent museum


  • Abbey chocolate tasting in the herb garden Teahouse Teaházban

Recommended age group: between 6 and 14
Recommended number of children: approx. 30.
Price: HUF 1,950/person

Walk in the Arboretum
– with the Explorers’ booklet

  • Individual walk in the Arboretum to the Saint Maurus of Pécs look-out tower.

 

  • Everyday and lesser known plants are introduced through the tasks in the programme.

 

  • An exercise book is also provided with the walk to help children and teachers learn about the natural environment of the Pannonhalma Archabbey together.

Recommended age group: between 6 and 14
Price: HUF 500 / booklet

Irregular history lesson

Our archivists give an irregular history lesson in the following topics:

  • Auxiliary disciplines of history (diplomatic, heraldry, sigillography)
  • 1,000 years in one lesson (History of the Pannonhalma Archabbey)
  • Treasures of the Archives
  • The Vineyard of Pannonia—A thousand years of viticulture in Pannonhalma
  • Saving human lives in Pannonhalma in 1944/1945
  • How do monks live? Everyday life at the monastery

Recommended age group: From 13 years
Duration: approx. 45 minutes
Price: HUF 1,600/person

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CANONICAL HOUR

Visitors to the monastery and the archabbey are warmly welcomed to the community prayer at 1.00 p.m. every day and to the Vespers at 5.00 p.m. on Sundays in the Basilica. In this quarter of an hour (or 40 minutes in case of the Sunday Vespers) you can join the community of monks in their worship of God: stopping under the tower, with silent presence, or sitting on a bench with the gestures of prayer or psalms.

ARBORETUM AND HERB GARDEN

The history of the arboretum reaches back to the times when the abbey was established, so it was the first of the known historical Hungarian gardens. In the olden days monks grew and collected medicine plants with great care. There were approx. 80 tree and bush species in the arboretum of the abbey in 1830 which was designed as an English landscape garden by Fábián Szeder in the 1840s.

There are hundreds of tree and bush species today in the protected area constituting part of the 22-hectare Pannonhalma Nature Conservation Area and most of these are particular rarities in our country.

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The Arboretum is a place for recreation but regular education and research work takes place here as well. In the past centuries, approx. one hundred and fifty bird species have been recorded during the observations in the arboretum and its surroundings.

The Arboretum and Herbal Garden can be visited free of charge all year round. You can walk your dogs and other pets on a leash in the garden.

We recommend our booklet “Under the Skies around the Monastery” for the family walk.

SAINT MAURUS OF PÉCS LOOK-OUT TOWER

A multi-storey observation platform has been built in the woodland around the monestary in the Sokoró hills by the local forestry commission (Kisalföldi Erdőgazdaság Zrt.) The look-out tower standing on the first little hill to the South of the Archabbey complex was handed over in 2012, and was named after the first Hungarian prelate. St. Maurus was born around 1000 and he belonged to the first generation of Hungarian Benedictine monks, and he was also the first student at Pannonhalma who we know of by name.

Depending on the growth of the surrounding trees we can see the views from the tower at a height of 20 metres. The rolling Sokoró Hills and the town of Pannonhalma lying below, and the basin of the same name, are visible, but when the weather is clear, the Northern lines of the Bakony region can also be seen. Information boards with photos are placed out to help identify the parts of the landscape.

FOLIAGE EDUCATIONAL PATH

The look-out tower and the abbey are connected by a footpath and you can learn about the curiosities of Pannonhalma on the educational path. This educational path was extended with a special point of interest in spring 2018: you can enjoy the beauty of the landscape below from an almost 80-metre walkway running above the treetops. The wood-covered metal structured walkway forms one of the most ancient Christian symbols: the fish. The tail of the fish is the way up from the educational path and the way down brings visitors back to the same educational path. You can see the Pannonhalma buildings and the hilly landscape behind them from the look-out point at the head of the fish.