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Melk Abbey

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Address: Abt Berthold Dietmayr Str. 1, Melk 3390, Austria
Phone Number: +43 2752 555232
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Description: Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque...
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.
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An amazing museum, library, and collection

The word "Abbey" had lead me to believe that this was going to be a simple structure for people who were sworn to poverty. Was I ever wrong! This building has a lot of history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The word "Abbey" had lead me to believe that this was going to be a simple structure for people who were sworn to poverty. Was I ever wrong! This building has a lot of history, but it is steeped in beautiful architecture, artifacts, and the library. You're allowed to take pictures in the museum and in the chapel, but not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are traveling to Salzburg from Vienna or you are touring throughout the Danube river, this magnificent abbey deserves a visit. It will be your life time (never forget) detour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful museum with outstanding artifacts in a building that has so much history. The views are great but once you step into the library you are in another world. You end the tour in the chapel which is just stunningly beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Really is one of a kind place that you should visit if by chance you are driving from Vienna to Salzburg or vice versa. We stopped by on our way and what a beautiful sight. Yes it was during the holidays and the place was empty but us and the Abbey cat which my kids named Melk, but the church... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Melk abbey is on the top of the cliffs overlook the Danube. I consider myself is one of the lucky people to have an opportunity to visit it. The remarkable buildings are full of history, culture, and art to make you want to spend a day there. The abbey also gives you the bird view of Melk and Danube. Walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This could be described as the Costco of Abbeys. It's got everything! Garden walks, lunch venues, formal gardens, artsy gardens, river walks, a terrific museum, an incredible chapel, a just as incredible library, even a photogenic spiral staircase. It's just so much more than I expected. There seems to be a photographic opportunity any which way you happen to turn.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

What a delight this Benedictine abbey is. It is located on an imposing site on a rocky hill above the Danube. The extensive buildings still house a working school and accommodation for the pupils. The architecture is stunning and the interior of the abbey church itself positively drips in gold leaf and has outstanding frescoes covering its ceiling. Equally impressive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

We were en-route from Vienna to Salzburg and we were told to turn off and have a look at the Melk Abbey and what a treasure we found. An active Abbey, School and Museum it is well worth taking the time to pull off the highway and visit the Abbey. The incredible sculptures and fresco's are fantastic and wonderful to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A massive monastery beside the River Danube. Fairy tale stuff.Hire a bike and cycle along the river side.Melk will impress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The abbey in Melk was wrapped in all its splendor when we toured on a recent Danbue tour. A young lady who lived in Melk was our guide and she was so knowledgeable. Although it takes a while to tour, it is more than worth the time. The history,,the information on the monks and the school was great. Don't forget... More 

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