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“Worth a 1/2-day trip from Vienna” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey
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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.
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“Worth a 1/2-day trip from Vienna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We were very impressed by our guided tour in English. The views from high above the Danube are beautiful, and the Abbey itself was very impressive. There is also good access to parking when traveling by car.

Visited December 2012
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“Magnificant inside and out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

The compound and grounds are absolutely splendid and very much worth a half-day trip. Our tour guide was excellent, the tour is a must-do. On the grounds is a small-ish "Lusthaus," beautiful and charmingly painted inside with fantastical murals on every wall. The views from all points are outstanding. Gift shop is just "OK," - lots of postcards and wine, not much more. Truly breathtaking and inspiring surroundings.

Visited October 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Working Abbey!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

We took a bus trip to see Krem and Melk and the real gem was this special Benedictine Abbey with resident Monks, a school,good modern exhibits and precious religious relics. The frescoe in the ceiling creating illusions to the most amazing Library then the impressive Church! Well worth a visit! Our English guide was excellent!

Visited December 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

I loved it more impressive than St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican impressive dome and frescos . Walk into the chapel and visit the impressive library

Visited December 2012
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Oyama, Canada
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“On a River Cruise we stopped at the Abbey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

I did a Christmas Market tour on Ama Waterways. One of the stops was the Abbey at Melk. What a fabulous place! We had a local guide and an Abbey guide. Hearing of how the Abbey was established and how the "King's" wing was used were so interesting. Loved the library with it's hand written totally non-readable books was like a step back in time. The Church was magnificent. The only little problem was that the ground had been frozen and then it rained the morning we arrived. Frozen cobblestones coated in ice and hills are a deadly combination. Don't try the walk to town if that is the case.

Visited December 2012
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