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Melk Abbey

Stiftsstrasse | 3390Melk, Melk 3390, Austria
+43 2752 555232
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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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Stiftsstrasse | 3390Melk, Melk 3390, Austria
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The building is magnificent We had the English guided tour but the tour guide was more like a human recorder. More focus on spitting what she learned. But without it it was horrible. Almost no English text The building itself is great. The museum has...More

Thank yaki a
Reviewed 2 days ago

The grounds and the buildings are very well maintained. The artifacts have real historical value, the library has 2 huge very old globes, and the church is over-the-top baroque! We also enjoyed the gardens. There is much to see in the museum. TIPS: 1. Come...More

Thank Andy G
Reviewed 3 days ago

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 effects. Well worth the price of a ticket to...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a small town with and expansive Benedictine Abbey. The abbey was started as a medieval fortress and then over the centuries added on to. It was refurbished in the 1700's into an incredible Baroque style Cathedral. The Abbey is a working Abbey with...More

Thank MLCSeattle
Reviewed 4 days ago

Of course a very impressive experience, the hill top abbey with its majestic entrance, courtyards, marble room and fantastic library. And then the church … the most baroque of baroque interior blowing you away. But it makes you think … was this the church of monks...More

Thank platinumcitytrip
Reviewed 4 days ago

Melk Abbey is the largest Baroque building in Austria. It is still a monastery and black-robed Benedictine monks can still be seen on the premises. It is also a prestigious coed school of some 700 students. It was built in the 18th century on the...More

Thank Abrumar
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was one of the most impressive places we visited in Austria. Pros: The Abbey, the surroundings, the nature. Cons: Not allowed photos or video.

Thank Panos A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Abbey still in use today. We bought tickets and did not go on the tour. Pretty abbey. Than went to park as well (included). Very nice. Can walk to from old town.

Thank 1mom2004
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Abbey is on a hill just beyond the village of Melk overlooking the Danube. It is a large beautiful Abbey with a guided tour which shows the history of the Abbey and school. The grounds are also excellent. Well worth visiting.

Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This abbey is one of the most beautiful ones in Europe, towering over the environment from a hill. We stayed in the lovely village at the foot of the hill, which is very charming and hospitable. The abbey itself has a limited section opened to...More

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Violette54
August 10, 2017|
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Response from JohnC7531 | Reviewed this property |
There wasn't / isn't specific dress requirements. I would dress conservative depending on the weather (i.e. if its warm out dress appropriately as in no halter tops etc.)
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Jillian R
May 9, 2017|
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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
No, it is not possible and also not necessary to purchase tickets in advance. Pleace come to the ticket counter in the first courtyard (left). Familiy Card (for 2 adults and childs up to 16 years are free): without guide... More
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Darice P
May 1, 2017|
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For the visit of Melk Abbey (without guided tour) you should plan around 2 hours or longer. 1 hour for the visit of the Abbey Museum, Marble Hall, Balcony, Library and Church. For the visit of the Abbey Park you should plan... More
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