One town you should definitely have on your list is Tihany, not just because a few years ago it was chosen as Europe's most beautifully renovated settlement, but also because this is where one of the jewels of the Balaton, the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany, can be found.
Let’s start with the basics: who are the Benedictines?
In order to truly appreciate what you're seeing, it doesn't hurt to be familiar – at least in part – with the historical background. The Benedictine order was the first (and for a long time the only) monastic order of the Roman Catholic church and Christianity. They follow the Rule of St Benedict, who in the 6th century recognised that a monastic community must operate on the basis of its own uniform, mutually accepted set of rules. Although the Benedictines’ mission was always to spread the Christian faith and morality, during their existence they also greatly contributed to intellectual development by supporting religious sciences and church literature.