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“Another beautiful building”
Review of Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit and Wine Tastings from Vienna
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Melk
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Owner description: Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque Ensembles. Its splendid architectur ist famous worldwide an part of UNESCO´s World Cultural Heritage. Since 1089, Benedictine Monks have continually been living and working in Melk Abbey. Following the rules laid down by St. Benedict, they try to translate into action the words ORA et LABORA et LEGE (pray, work and read) by working in pastoral care, education as well as organizing numerous cultural Events. A visit to the abbey includes the abbey museum, the marble hall, the balcony, the library, the church, the abbey park with the baroque garden pavillion (open May-October)and the Bastion.April to September: Visits are possible daily with (10.55 a.m. and 2.55 p.m.)or without guided tourOctober to March: Visits are possible only with a guided tour. For individuals: 10.55 a.m. and 2.55 p.m. / tour for Groups may be reserved.Recommended time to spend at the abbey: 2,5 hoursADVISE for your visit: If possible, visit Melk Abbey around midday or in the afternoon, it´s not so crowed. Large monastery parking lot free of Charge.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Our tour through Austria showed us many of the beautiful Cathedrals & Abbeys. This one was no exception. They are all so well cared for and a pleasure to visit.

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Reviewed 16 March 2012

It's wise to make reservation for a regular tour in English in advance, even in the off-season as this is a popular spot for Danube River cruises to stop. Follow the advice on this site in forum and in Rick Steves for getting there. (Take a direct train after 9am from Westbahnhof and buy a round trip, same day group ticket (2 or more people) for 28euros total(there were 4 of us). Once you arrive in Melk (about 1hr; 20 min), allow 30 minutes for older folks to make the climb up to the abbey entrance. A good guide took us through the various parts of the abbey that are open to the public, filling in history well. Tour and many displays were very updated and modern for greatest impact. Halfway through, you go out on a terrace overlooking the small town of Melk, the Danube, and the Wachau Valley. We got to Melk in time for a little shopping and leisurely lunch with tour at 2 that lasts about an hour. Hustled back down the hill to catch a 3:27 train and were back in Vienna a little over an hour later.

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Reviewed 27 February 2012

We took the guided tour in English on a Sunday morning in February - very limited hours and access in the winter. Our guide, Elizabeth, was excellent - she had several items that she planned to tell us about but as we asked other questions she gladly and expertly shared her broad knowledge of history, art and culture about the Abbey and its long history. We would not have learned nearly as much in a self-guided tour and would not have appreciated what we were looking at, Some of the art work in the Abby is ancient and quite good. We had a limited amount of time to spend but could have easily taken longer.
There is a cafe, but it was closed while we were there.
(Travel in February has the advantage of no crowds,)
The medieval town of Melk is quite interesting and worth some time (but all is closed on Sundays to plan your schedule).
An easy train ride from Vienna - really nice to get out and see the country side west of Vienna/along the Danube.

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

This is a gorgeous abbey. Review some of the photos posted here by others, to get an idea. Architecture is amazing, fantastic grounds. Great amounts of beauty to take in.
Do take some time to walk down the hill into town and take advantage of being there. There are nice restaurants and the town is lovely in itself. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

if Austria is on your agenda - make sure you include a visit to Melk Abbey and admire the spectacular library in addition to the view across the valley vineyards - about 2 hours by train from Vienna or take a day trip cruise on the Danube .....

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