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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Melk holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Melk Abbey and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Where to stay in Melk

The small town of Melk has a smattering of hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts in the compact center and surrounding areas. For best accessibility to the town’s main tourist attraction, Melk Benedictine Abbey, look for lodging in the center. The Abbey overlooks the Danube River, so you can also consider staying along the river for views of the monastic building from your own room.
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  • The only reason to be visiting Melk is to see the Abbey. It is really huge and amazing and the tour is well worth it but no photographs are allowed inside which is too bad.  more »
  • The abbey is beautiful, guided tour was very informative and our guide was very nice. The library was something else but the church was a religious experience for sure. Can't miss it!  more »
  • Stopped off here during a day tour of this region. Marvellous functioning monastery - your first view of it is a wow! The church is in a baroque style very ornate. It really is worth a visit.  more »
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  • Ostentation. Obscene wealth. Where is Christ? I thought it appaling. If you like this type of thing, it would be a wonderful experience. I'd avoid it if you have a social conscience.
  • Agree with previous reviews mostly. The building is beautiful but the tour wasn't great. Could have been arranged much better with a more enthusiastic guide. Their recent rule banning all photography is nice though so you can concentrate on the building without people taking photos everywhere all the time.
  • Abbey? So commercialized, big tour buses everywhere and they have their own brand of wine and hard liquor for sale!
  • The Abbey is massive and beautiful. The tour is nice but is fairly slow for the first half. It focuses more on the relationship of the Abbey to the Catholic Religion than to its history or construction. The library and the church are clearly the highlights. The library is rich and ornate with books dating back to the 12th century and the guilded interior of the church is truly awe inspiring.
  • Beautiful architecture. The compulsory tour is a little too long spent in dark rooms along a single corridor. It has a strong focus on religion, iconography. I would have liked to know more about the building and had more chance to explore.