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Coat of arms of Bakonybél
Coat of arms
Bakonybél is located in Hungary
Location of Bakonybél
Coordinates: 47°15′10″N 17°43′46″E / 47.25285°N 17.72958°E / 47.25285; 17.72958Coordinates: 47°15′10″N 17°43′46″E / 47.25285°N 17.72958°E / 47.25285; 17.72958
Country  Hungary
County Veszprém
 • Total 24.36 km2 (9.41 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Total 1,392
 • Density 57.14/km2 (148.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8427
Area code(s) 88

Bakonybél is a village in Veszprém county, Hungary, in Zirc District. A tourist destination with a number of sights and activities, the village is located in a basin surrounded by nearby mountains.


The history of the village is closely connected to the Benedictine Bakonybél Abbey founded by Saint Stephen I in 1018. Saint Gellert resided here as a hermit between 1023 and 1030. The village had been completely destroyed during the Ottoman occupation and was later rebuilt and repopulated with Slovakians and Germans.

Main sights[edit]

The Benedictine church and monastery were built in 1754 in Baroque style. There is also a chapel close to the village with the statue of Saint Gellert, the stations of Christ's sufferings and the holy trinity, at Ivy Spring (also known as Saint Spring), next to a lake supplied by the spring.

Another sight is the Ethnographic Museum in the village. There is also a museum of nature and forestry called the House of the Bakony Forests.

Another attraction is a 19th-century American ranch, not very far from the village, with horse-related activities.

There are also multiple routes for trips in the nearby forests and hills, offering scenery, caves and a lookout tower on the highest peak of the Bakony Mountains.


There is a three star hotel and several guest houses in the village. There are also restaurants and pubs. A number of small grocery stores and also separate greengrocers are available.
There is a community house providing tourist information, a doctor's office, and catering. The village has its own post office, pharmacy, day nursery, primary school and library with Internet access.

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