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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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  • Without doubt the abbey of Melk would have warranted 5 stars - the architecture, the dramatic setting above a bend in the Danube - but then I entered the abbey church and saw the late 20th century...  more »
  • A nice train ride from Vienna to one of the world's most important sites. The abbey was dripping with history. Well worth the visit.  more »
  • The Melk Abbey is above the town of Melk and provides splendid views of the city. The Benedictine abbey is on a rocky outcrop and overlooks the Danube river. The abbey contains remains of several...  more »
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  • Beautiful centuries-old abbey exquisitely restored (over 1,000 years!) rich in very interesting history. Photography is not allowed inside which is so frustrating! You therefore really need to budget enough time to not miss anything. The sculptures, frescoes and paintings are beautiful and it also has a large garden with roses bursting with scent. The library is the most amazing with over 100,000 books and manuscripts, some over 1,200 years old! There are some very interesting architectural features as well so make sure to ask about them.
  • Nice looking. Beautiful interior of the cathedral. Not much to see besides that. Especially o am not that interested in church related history. I guess it will be exciting for someone who cares about prominent church centers. The view looks very nice and I enjoyed walking around it. We spent like 30-40minutes there. Felt enough
  • A must see if you are near, I visited from a river cruise and walked from the boat to the Abbey about 5km with a Scottish woman of 80. The Abbey is magnificent structure and presented beautifully with easy access for all. Have seen better gardens but they are nice all the same. Restaurant is beautiful with some nice white wines.
  • For those visiting Vienna, this has to be on the must see list. The area around Melk is beautiful. The Abbey is phenomenal. The Church is out of the ordinary. The hour long tour is indeed very enlightening about history of Christianity in Austria. Do not miss.
  • I always looked this fantastic place only from the highway, and always came up that I should look at it closer. Now I did it, and it was very cool. There are places what you can visit for free, and there are many other places where you have to pay to enter. But it's okay. I recommend to visit this place.

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