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Melk Abbey, Melk

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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  • This imposing abbey is a must see on your way through the Wachau Valley. You can see it from miles away and the town of Melk is a lovely stop. Give yourself an afternoon or full morning to visit as th...  more »
  • This is an amazing place. The old Abbey and now a college is full of history. The Library is amazing with some books going back over 500 years  more »
  • Melk Abbey is a beautiful Baroque building and sits majestically overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River. It features a 200 ft high dome and equally impressive is the church of Melk Abbey. O...  more »
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  • The tour was very informative and the people were very nice. Would recommend a stop. Even if you are not religious the beauty of the architecture and paintings alone are woth it.
  • The place is very beautiful, but honestly for me it wasn't worth the tour. Much better value a nice walk through the woods and near the river. The student ticket isn't that expensive though: 6€. To see the view from the Abbey you need to have a ticket btw.
  • Huge palace like building, very much NOT what you might expect of the word "Abbey". The site is very commercialised, with modern facilities, ticketing, toilets, cafes. We had a short tour - but only saw a very small part of the place. A large garden, and orangery,. A very modern museum, with some artifacts, a grand Hall, and some part of the library. We finished at the Church, which is splendidly gaudy. Very little sense of history here -it's like Disney founded an Abbey.
  • Nice, well maintained, large building. Actually, if you'd expected a medieval castle like site you'd probably been disappointed. Still, centuries old artifacts, furniture, religious objects are still interesting and kinda' educational. Guides are not much of a help though.
  • Beautiful place, full of history. Definitely worth the visit. Very convinient luggage store for people on cycling tour. What can be visited is mostly from xviii and xix centuries, with a very consistent baroque style. Does not really look monacale. I would have liked more insight on the monastery long history, and more panels in English through the visit. But I have to admit I chose not to wait for one of the numerous guided visits. One star less because they do not allow photos inside...

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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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