Hungarian Camino Benedictus

Tihany Abbey


This experiment is a walking pilgrimage from the thousand-years-old Abbey of Pannonhalma through the silent valleys of the Bakony mountain with the peaceful Monastery of Bakonybél to the majestic Abbey of Tihany that looks over Lake Balaton, ‘the Hungarian sea’ since 1055. Inspired by the millenium-long prayers of the Benedictine monks and by the richness of God’s creation in hills, forests and lakes we are called to open our hearts to Him who sustains all by His love. The means of walking, spirituality and special prayers (e.g. silentium) help us to do so.

Mostly we will walk 20-25 km per day on hiking paths and hills (partially mountainous terrain), bringing our backpacks with us. We will have simple accommodation with shower facilities and meals are provided mainly by local monasteries and communities at different places along the way. Upon arrival we plan to bathe in Lake Balaton to recover from the long journey so bring some swimming clothes as well!

As for the starting point: the experiment starts at Pannonhalma on 7th of August. The organizers will provide several plans how to get there on time: details are going to be communicated after you are officially part of this experiment.

Special Requirements

  • Some trekking experience and proper physical condition

  • Capacity to walk 20-25 km per day with backpack (Advice: this may not sound very hard, but together with a backpack for five days it is hardcore indeed. If you don’t have any long distance trekking experience, please consider choosing another experiment.)

  • Good mood and open soul

  • Spoken English

Necessary items to bring

  • sleeping bag

  • sleeping mat

  • a good pair of hiking shoes

  • rucksack (max 10 kg)

  • hat / cap to protect you from the sun

  • rainproof clothing

  • water bottle

  • swimming clothes


  • Füszfás Pál
  • Török Gellért SJ
  • Tímár Dániel SJ


The journey takes us from Pannonhalma (on the map) to Tihany, both located in the Western regions of Hungary.