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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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  • I'm not a great fan of the baroque, but those who like to have eyes. The Gigantism of this building, in such a small town, is impressive even as construction on the rocks overlooking the Danube.
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  • Easy one hour drive from Vienna on good highway. Make a reservation for a tour in advance and enjoy a beautiful set of buildings with an interesting history. In the nearby town of Durnstein, go visit ...  more »
  • Melk Abbey: XVIII Benedictine Abbey above the town of Melk. It offers spectacular views of the town and valley as well as an interesting guided tour of beautiful historic baroque interiors. If you hav...  more »
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  • Not bad. Just a historical place. The small town nearby is also sleepy town. With only 20 shops. Park nearby is nature. Overall good but for short tour only.
  • Great Baroque architectural work in Austria - not far away from Vienna - the Abbey is open to the public on a daily basis including Sunday and holidays - you do have to pay if you want to see the Abbey from inside including the great church. There is a side entrance next to the church where you can take a quick look how great it is - worth to take the tour or go by you ownn
  • We visited it as a day trip from Vienna. The Abbey was clean and impressive. We felt though that the vineyards ahead of Abbey are much more interesting and worth a visit. We had taken the river cruise but left it in between to cycle downtown from Abbey.
  • You can take a Day Tour trip from Vienna to this opulent Architectural Masterpiece, which played so important place in History of Austria. It is of Religious and cultural importance of the country. Interiors only accessible if you join the tour , which is so informative. A must visit place if you are touring Austria.
  • We visited the Abbey as part of our Danube River Cruise. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide. The tour took us through the museum then to the library and the church. If you have an opportunity to hear the organ, take it. It's an incredible sound. The tour guide mentioned that early winter and spring are the best times to visit due to low crowds.

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