Melk Travel Guide

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Melk Highlights

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     History, religion, art, nature in a wonderful connection 

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     Possible long lines, tour groups vying for limited space 

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     Nice town with famous Stift Melk, which is a great trip outside Vienna 

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  • Blue Room - Melk Abbey

    When we walked into the Blue Room it was a shock, but we soon got used to the scene. Plenty to see in the room, and St Benedict is featured here.

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  • Art in Melk Abbey

    If you like Religious Art then you will find plenty in the Abbey. We spent some time viewing the art.

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  • Library Melk Abbey

    A magnificent Library Room within the Abbey, however the books within the Library ar more valuable than the room.The ceiling is beautiful and well worth viewing.

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  • St Benedict - Blue Room Melk Abbey

    Young Benedict left Rome, repulsed by the immorality of the city, and lived in the mountains of Subiaco as a hermit. He found his way to an experience of God step by step: the loneliness of the cave, contact with people looking for direction. At each level he had to learn through experience to recognize the will of his God. Legends describe his...

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  • Walk Through Melk Town

    After visiting the Abbey we had the choice of walking back to the riverboat via the village or taking the bus. Naturally we chose to walk and enjoy the this beautiful small town, however not long enough for the ladies to browse the shops or even time to stop for a coffee or beer.

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  • The Safe - Ancient Lock - Melk Abbey

    An amazing old lock system, note the number of springs.Attracted a good amount of attention from visitors to the Abbey.

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  • Melk - Town Map

    The map gives you an insight as to the size of Melk Town and you can see that the Abbey is the dominant building.The Riverboat was our home for 14 nights as we travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam.

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  • Approaching Melk Wharf

    Our first view of the Abbey was obtained from the top open deck of the riverboat as we approached the small wharf. The Abbey dominates the landscape.

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  • View from the Terrace of Melk Abbey

    Melk is a a beautiful small Austrian town and the best place to obtain a birdseye view is from Melk Abbey.We had the option of returning to the riverboat by bus or walking back through the village.Naturally we chose the walk and we were certainly rewarded for our effort.

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  • The Terrace - Melk Abbey

    We walked a section of the Terrace on our way to the Library. A good place to take photos or view the town below and the countryside.

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  • Melk Abbey Display Models - Get the Full...

    I liked the 3 display models as they gave visitors the chance to envisage the complete Abbey and Gardens.Each model gave a different aspect, as though was flying above the monastery.

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  • Organ - Melk Abbey

    High up closer to the ceiling than the floor is the magnificent organ. Well worth a photo, a pity no one was playing the day we visited.Asection of the beautiful ceiling can be seen behind the organ.

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  • The Church - Melk Abbey - Notice

    A notice giving some history of the Abbey. The second photo is of the ceiling, something special, the 3rd photo is the left side of the Church faceing the Altar.

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  • The Abbey Church

    The beauty of the Church hits you as soon as you enter. Gold everywhere you look, everything in perfect condition. Just take time to sit down for a few minutes and absorb the scene.No restrictions on taking photos.

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  • Melk Abbey - The Courtyard

    The Courtyard is similar format to that of many Palaces, being the size of a small parade ground, surrounded by buildings on 3 sides and entry arch on the other.There is a beautiful clock mounted on the building to the right hand side.

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  • Gardens Melk Abbey

    Our entry to Melk Abbey was through the gardens, the photo shows our entry point. The gardens were excellent and set the tone for what the Abbey would deliver.The garden also provides opportunity to take photos of the town and surrounding valley.

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  • MELK ABBEY PARK & GARDEN PAVILION

    Time for me to see the gardenThe abbey park was designed as a baroque park in 1750 and in 1822 the majority was replanted as an English landscape garden. The area never used to be open to the public, but now is, so we are very lucky to be able to walk around it and enjoy the Baroque Garden Pavilion.The garden pavilion served as a place of...

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  • MELK ABBEY - COLOMAN COURTYARD

    After the Church, we walked into Coloman courtyard. Coloman, according to legend, is a king’s son from Ireland on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, who was martyred in 1012 in Stockerau, near Vienna. He was suspected of espionage because of his strange language and clothing, and was then imprisoned, tortured, and finally hanged from a dead elder tree.The...

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  • GOOD FOOD

    Our visit was complete, now all we had to do was find somewhere for lunch. As we walked along the pathway to head out, we saw a menu at the Abbey restaurant. We were very surprised to find the prices reasonable, so opted for one of the round wooden tables set up outside under the umbrella's.We were both very happy with the meals we ordered, and...

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  • coffee house

    Just what it says, it has a great cup of joe, right on the main road coming down from the Abbey above. An easy stop for a friendly cuppa. Wieser is a large chain throughout Austria--- coffee

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  • Sidewalk eating

    On the walk down from the Library, we saw the lovely Cafe Rathouse on the main road down the hill, with tables out front for scenic dining!

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Melk Transportation

  • Sailing into Melk by river boat

    This was a lovely way to arrive; we had sailed from Vienna at 11pm the night before and were up very early ro see the approach to Melk.. It was our first River Cruise and was way beyond our expectations - such a joy to go to bed at night without having to pack for the next leg of the journey - and a long drive. It was a good bit more organised than...

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  • Visiting Melk and the Wachau area

    There are basically two ways to go to Melk and rest of the Wachau area from Vienna.The first way is by car and the road conditions are good, with stunning sceneries of the hills, Danube River, lovely towns, vineyards, castles etc. It takes about 2 hours drive North-west of Vienna to reach the Wachau area. After passing by some flat land area...

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  • Transportation - take your pick!

    You can get to Melk from Vienna very easily either by road, rail or river. This last option is obviously a particularly attractive one but I'm not sure if the cruise boats run all winter long.Try this website: www.ddsg-blue-danube.atTrains leave the Westbahnhof station approximately every hour. The journey takes about an hour and a half, depending...

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Melk Shopping

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  • Blessedly Untouristy

    We enjoyed our walk about the little town of Melk because it seemed to be SO untouristy. Few, if any specialist "souvenir shops", just bakers, butchers and bakers, flower shops, banks a post office and business offices. A few clothes shops - some displaying items a tourist might need like a warm or rain proof jacket. If you wanted to buy a small...

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  • Books, brochures, souvenirs...

    This shop offers a plentiful selection at books about Melk Abbey, view cards as well as a multiplicity from traditional souvenirs. Impressively is the big wood clock, approximately 2 meters high that decorated the store room. Especially remarkable, is the wood embroidery, and the hand-made wood mechanism of the clock. Books, art, local craft,...

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Melk Local Customs

  • Unusual Christmas decorations.

    This photo I took outside a gift shop in Melk. The whole town was filled with pretty decorations but these particular reedy/twiggy ones I saw only here. Back in Vienna we saw every concievable make and shape of decorations but nothing like these. They remind me of the material used to make sugan chairs in Ireland, a traditional craft now in danger...

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  • The iron sculptures in the Abbey Park

    In the Stitspark, are to be seen some iron sculptures of the sculptor Miguel Horn.All these artworks are unique and realize into a special artistic manner.Some of these sculptures are:Fire devils (2002) Faces - masks - moppets (2000) Scenes from the new will (2003)

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  • Special exhibition of the Stift Melk

    Rudi Wach: Inwendig - Seismogramm der Körperseele (Inside - seismogram of the body soul)29 Junes 2005 to 5 November 2006This exhibition was erected at the beginning of area of the Abbey.The large-size designs and the 2,40m high sculpture "Pre the fall", is to be viewed, in the column area, in the prelate yard.We have admires, this splendid designs,...

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Melk Off The Beaten Path

  • ST. MICHAEL'S ON THE DANUBE

    We crossed over the river at Melk, and drove alongside the Danube passing by many little villages. on our way towards Vienna.We had to make a stop at St. Michaels, a fortified Gothic Church, which has a legend to it! It is a Wehrkirche, the German word for a church that was also used as a castle during times of war.It dates back to the 10th century...

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  • OLD MONASTERY & CALVARY BARRACKS

    From across the other side of the Danube river, we could see a couple of large yellow building's. Wondering what they were, we found one was once a monastery with an adjacent hospital, and other were cavalry barracks. The Barracks were built by the Emperor Karl VI in 1723. Along with its primary purpose, the barrack's were also used as a sick bay...

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  • WEITENEGG CASTLE RUINS

    Weitenegg is 6kms across the river from Melk. Here there is a Castle ruin that dates back to 1108.It once had two Romanesque castle keeps and three courtyards.

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  • Musicians in Melk

    During the heyday of Princes and Emperors many musicians were called upon to entertain the rulers of the day. I do not know whether Anton Bruckner was ever among them but he did lodge in the town for almost a year in in the 1870s. The plaque commerorating his stay was close to the butchers shop.

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  • Great views of Melk town from Stift Melk

    One of my fondest memories of Melk were the great views of the old town from the balcony of the Stift Melk. In fact, you can see the whole town from here, as well as the Danube River plus surrounding natural landscape and hills.The balcony area of Stift Melk is located after the museum area and before you enter the impressive library and monastery...

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  • Beautiful flowers during summer

    My wife and I managed to spot these huge and colourful flowers along the streets of Melk. During summer time, you will be able to see flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes while in Austria and other parts of Europe :)

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