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Melk Abbey, Melk

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A famous monastic site, Melk Abbey contains the remains of several members of the first Austrian dynasty and the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau. This Benedictine abbey was founded in 1089, although the current Baroque building was built between 1702 and 1736. You can take time to appreciate the abbey's frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and browse the library of medieval manuscripts. Located above the town with a view of the Danube, the abbey is surrounded by a large park. Join a guided tour to learn about the abbey's history as a school for young monks. Arrange to visit Melk Abbey and other attractions in Melk using our Melk road trip planning tool.
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  • A visit to the Melk Abbey is “a must see” on any Danube river cruise or any other time that one should happen to be in Melk. The abbey is a beautiful baroque structure with amazing views of the... 
    A visit to the Melk Abbey is “a must see” on any Danube river cruise or any other time that one should happen to be in Melk. The abbey is a beautiful baroque structure with amazing views of the...  more »
  • This was not my (and my daughter's) plans for the 2 weeks thought Bavaria and Tirol castles. We just saw this from the highway and had to make a small detour. And I am so happy I did that. I... 
    This was not my (and my daughter's) plans for the 2 weeks thought Bavaria and Tirol castles. We just saw this from the highway and had to make a small detour. And I am so happy I did that. I...  more »
  • Experience was ruined by anti Semitic graphic display showing Palestinian babies supposedly killed by Israels. Jews and non-Jews alike on Gate 1 tours were highly insulted at this blatant display of.....  more
    Experience was ruined by anti Semitic graphic display showing Palestinian babies supposedly killed by Israels. Jews and non-Jews alike on Gate 1 tours were highly insulted at this blatant display of.....  more »
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  • The Melk Abbey is a must visit in this part of Austria. The public parts of the Abbey can be visited by yourself or in a guided tour that takes you through an exhibition, some state rooms, the impressive library, a terrace and the magnificent church. The exhibition gives information about the order and the abbey in a very thoughtful presentation. The staff is friendly and efficient. The buildings are a marvellous example of baroque architecture at its finest. You can also walk around some very pretty court yards and well maintained period gardens. The entire complex and visitor’s approach is incredibly efficient. There is also a good restaurant on site.
  • I liked walking around. There, unlike other churches in Vienna, you can enter and be impressed by the beauty and grandeur of the church for free. There is a museum there, since we did not pay to enter. The view from the garden area is really beautiful. It is pleasant to walk around. There is also a shop where we bought souvenirs and wine.
  • Very beautiful! Quiet on a Sunday. 1 hour parking was just enough to see Stift Melk and walk down to old town for 10min. Absolute shame that the inside of a Baroque church is closed off to the general public instead of its art being able to be appreciated by everyone as intended.
  • This place is spectacular in every aspect and part. The architecture has great attention to detail and it has been maintained very well. The church and library are the best part. Inside photos aren't allowed to we didn't take any. The view from top is also amazing, overseeing the Altstadt (old town) and Donau. It is important to follow the noise regulations inside the church. Everything inside the church was amazing to see. There are guided tours both in English/German and potentially in some other languages too. If you are visiting solo then try to plan your moving around the abbey in a way to avoid being in same place as the group (gets awkward). Upon our visit the garden was closed but you wont miss much by not going there. You can read about it on the panorama view terrace though (has some interesting background). There was ample of parking at the spot. Do not forget to get your card validated at the ticket counter in order to avoid paying for parking.
  • The melk abbey reminds me a luxury historical palace. The building is really huge, impressive and decorated. The trip inside is however really short with a little museum of its treasure, the really beautiful library and the amazing church. The church has so many decorations that is almost overwhelming. The ticket is a bit overpriced in my opinion especially because they don’t allow photo in the inside.

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