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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
+43 2752 555232
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Reviewed yesterday

I loved Melk Abbey! It was a stop on our river cruise and it was a place I knew nothing about. It is stunning and we had a live tour guide Lyudmilla, who was amazing. The views and gardens of and from the Abbey are...More

Thank teachertraveller17
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our cruise group visited the Abby on a Sunday in July. The most interesting parts of our visit were the cylinders of writings of modern thinkers in the library (Allende!) and the shaded path from town back to the ship.

Thank lmcderm
Reviewed 3 days ago

This abbey is stunning. It sits on top of the hill and overlooks the town of Melk. We went on a tour and it lasted about an hour. I agree with others that the tour feels a bit rushed, bit did appreciate the background and...More

Thank JD11125
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had an excellent visit tot this Abbey. Some tips: - take the family rates if they apply - check the website for the timing of the guided tours - allow about 2.5 hours for the whole visit

Thank walid m
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a beautiful place which is still functioning, in particular as a school. We had a tour with one of the guides who was delightful and gave us a heart felt, but also humorous account of the history!

Thank Helen K
Reviewed 6 days ago

I realize I'm in a really small minority but I found our tour of this place to be quite boring. It may have been our tour guide--he talked about mainly religious and esoteric things that only a religious scholar would understand and/or find interesting. He...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 6 days ago

Take the guided tour. The fact that this was build for the Benedictines but had accommodations for the traveling royalty indicates how spectacular this abbey was in its day, and still is.

Thank JohnC7531
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stunning old Abbey on the Danube. A moderate climb up the hill, but well worth it. Nice gardens, and art work is stunning.

Thank allenmcgreevy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends recommended this beautiful Abbey. At first I wasn't very keen but I'm glad we visited. I wasn't aware that churches and abbeys in Austria were so rich/gold inside. Lovely piece of history and apfel struddle was absolutely delicious.

Thank Alinka74
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made the trek to Melk and was very excited about it. The positives: the garden is very peaceful and shaded. Several trees that were hundreds of years old. The library is magnificent. Golden things around. The negatives: the abbey exhibits are scant. The only...More

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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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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
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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September 19, 2016|
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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
You have to ask your cruise line. There are some lines who have special Arrangements for "slow walkers". Normally the busses bring the guests up to the parking of Melk Abbey. A staircase leads you down to the area of Melk... More
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