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Review of Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna
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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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We visited the Abbey as part of a tour group and were overwhelmed with the displays and history here. The library was amazing with so many old volumes of books. The views from the Abbey were wonderful. We wandered around the gardens which were also lovely. Some really old Linden Trees among others. Well worthwhile to go to.

Thank Malsgal
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

An impressive abbey perched high above the surrounding area, giving great views of the area. The abbey buildings, library and treasures are interesting to view. Interesting modern artwork on the buildings in the courtyard.
When we visited there was a great sculpture installation of ravens in the garden.

Thank Kathy C
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This Benedictine abbey is absolutely stunning. Our tour guide was excellent. She was able to give a great deal of interesting information and answer even the most obscure questions. The outside is imposing and the gardens are planned. Inside is magnificent. Our two favorite rooms were the library and the chapel. The library is exactly what one would imagine would be used by monks. It had shelf after shelf of old-looking books in wood paneled rooms. The chapel is amazing. There is gold absolutely everywhere and photographs do not really do it justice. There are spectacular views from outside the upper level. There is also a very interesting shop and a more than adequate cafe. The abbey is definitely recommended.

Thank Shane M
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We have seen a lot of cathedrals in the past few years and after a while they all look the same but we are so glad we didn't turn this one down. We enjoyed it as much as the Vatican. It was incredibly beautiful, bright and not so dark inside as many we have seen. The museum rooms had interesting artifacts. The gardens were spectacular. The cathedral and library jaw dropping to say the least. The library cannot be photographed and the post card I bought of it didn't do it justice. This is a must see on your European visit. Today it is a school for 900 pre-university students, what a privilege for these students. There is a lovely restaurant inside. The views from the top of the Abbey of the Danube are wonderful. There are great web sites with photos about it so do your own research before you go if you don't use a tour guide.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Just a beautiful Abbey in the Wachau Valley on the Danube. It was designed as a retreat for Benedictine monks sworn to poverty and a simple life. Instead its Baroque style shows extravagance. The library houses about 85,000 printed books.

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