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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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  • August 17, 2017
    As far as the Baroque style is not one that excites me, your visit to this Abbey things to do. Along the Danube, easy to get to location above the town of Melk. It is visible from kilometres away. Very interesting library (looks like one of the largest of the genus) and the National Park.
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  • August 16, 2017
    From Vienna West railway station take the train, get off at the Melk train station. The elderly, don't climb the Hill and climb slowly. In the magnificent monastery was
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  • August 16, 2017
    No photos inside. The tour guides are prior students at the Abbey school, where two of the 19 monks still teach. The tour is very educational and interesting. They have a lot of high tech visual effec...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • April 10, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    Abbey? So commercialized, big tour buses everywhere and they have their own brand of wine and hard liquor for sale!
  • March 26, 2017
    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.
  • February 9, 2017
    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.

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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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