Day—10 Sabbatical at Pannonhalma

After 7 days of walking my pilgrimage from Budapest to Bratislava, I arrived at the town of Pannonhalma. The nexus between St Martin, born some 1700 years ago at the foot of a hill and the site chosen by Benedictine Monks to found a monastery in 996 is extraordinary. It would evolve into one of the most influential arch-abbeys of medieval Hungary. (The library’s over 400,000 works is awesome.) The nexus between Hungary and the Habsburgs appeared to me in the Basilica’s Crypt, namely the heart of former Crown Prince Otto of Austria and Hungary von Habsburg. It was buried here as recently as in July 2011. (BTW, it’s not unusual to find the heart buried at a location other than the body, which is traditionally found in the Capuchin Crypt in Vienna.)

After spending time in the Basilica, the library, and the winery (owned in large part by the Monastery and what an exceptional wine tasting experience!), I then spent hours researching Otto von Habsburg’s life—why? Because having roots in Vienna, I was interested in his views and influences—I was favorably impressed.

I finally walked a small portion of the actual Camino (well marked, as you can see). Most of my route, however,  was off trail on country highways due to lodging constraints. There is an albuerge here in Pannonhalma. I’m ready to move on.


  1. Lucille — 05-05-2022 at 12:51 pm

    Better late than not-at-all sat I, Lucille. Keeping up with you via pics and notes. I an feel your enthusiasm as you relish each new vista and great buildings created generations ago. I’m glad you are enjoying the wines and delightful repasts mid your travels each late afternoon.
    I’m doing good; now have a daily helper: she takes me for walks and today with car we just finished with fresh paint on nails and toes. Feeling good each day, tho still no shot in hip. Sorry I seem helpless with sending notes to you but I am enjoying your pictures and comments. Know I love you and sending love here. Lucille

  2. Belle Cook — 05-05-2022 at 6:24 pm