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Reviewed today

Must visit. I was in Vienna. It is only almost 2 hours to reach from Vienna Central Train Station. Loved the Library and the church the most.

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Reviewed today via mobile

What a phenomenal place in so many ways! Amazing bit of history- very well preserved and full of interesting things

Thank rkigervaron
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Reviewed today via mobile

As it was off season we did a tour, well worth it and would recommend this to any visitor. The tours are in English or German and are at 1100 and 1400 each day.
The tour takes in the Abbey museum and the Church.

Thank 306brettb
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The courtyard leading into this place is quite nice. Beautiful bright yellow and white exterior. The interior is also quite nice and the library is quite interesting. The church is also quite beautiful. The Abbey is perched on a hill that overlooks the beautiful and quant town of Melk. The garden that leads to a summer house. If you have time and are able you should from the abbey down into the town of Melk, especially if you want a bite to eat or a drink. This is really worth a look.

Thank David K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As we cruised up the Danube, our boat docked for a few hours in the town of Melk and this provided an opportunity to visit the Melk Abbey. we were told that this is the largest monastery in Europe and that it is still active training monks and providing a school books many several centuries old. Beautiful paintings adorn it’s ceilings illustrating stories from the Bible - some of these paintings are very cleverly done resulting in the artist creating an illusion causing columns of buildings to appear naturally straight at particular angles, when in reality they are curved following the contour of the ceiling. We were also shown a multiple use coffin which had been created to prevent wastage of wood - it had a bottom which opened out - thus when the body was lowered into the ground, it would be deposited into the grave and the coffin retrieved for use again. There are also beautiful exhibits of robes worn by the clergy adorned with rich golden treads. Another exhibit in the abbey that was interesting was a pictorial bible for those who did not know how to read, the so called poor man,p’s bible. At the end of the tour we were shown the chapel- it took our breath away because of its splendor and size. Certainly a must visit.

Thank Kannan P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So, Melk is not one of the great tourist cities in Europe but it should be. Massively quaint town with very friendly people. The Abby is certainly worth the hike and a visit but the library with 9000 volumes in one room and 7000 in the next is off the chart fantastic. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank Goodness4you
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to self visit as the next English tour was over an hour away and managed to cope with the help of the explanatory book. The hardest part was finding a car park in the very large parking area as late morning was obviously peak hour. It is a Benedictine Abbey, dating from 1089, and still functions as such, despite dwindling numbers of monks. As well as being an Abbey, it was the main fortress of the Babenburg rulers, has had a functioning school for centuries and is the main burial place of the Babenburg family. It has experienced many ups and downs and it is amazing that it still exists for us to enjoy. Well worth a side trip off the A1. We would have liked to spend more time in the park but has we were on our way to Vienna we continued after an excellent lunch in the crowded café.

Thank Rex06
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guided tour was very interesting and informative. There is a museum inside which explains the abbey. Great photos from the back prior to going into the library. Well worth the visit.

Thank Mktpro99
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Abbey has just been repainted, so it looks sharp and bright. Anyone visiting there may want to join the guided tour, as it will provide more background information of the Abbey.

1  Thank Griffin Y
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Abbey in the somewhat small town of Melk is A colossal stone edifice built in the early 1700’s. This Hugh structure is for the order of the Benedictine Monks (from earlier dates in the 500’s). The tour includes the church (which still conducts services) is splendor of unimaginable description. The stunning library holds 100,000 volumes from antiquity. The views are spectacular.

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