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“Lovely river cruise with some surprising stops along the way.”
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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“Lovely river cruise with some surprising stops along the way.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Whilst staying in Vienna for a week, we decided to do the combined train/river cruise trip to the Melk Abbey. We caught the train to Melk as the River cruise is apparently VERY long going against the flow of the Danube River. Melk was a quiant little town and the Abbey was well worth the trip - particularly the library. We ate lunch at the Melk Abbey Restaurant, which serves up a lovely goulash and then wandered through the tiny town while we waited for a boat to arrive.

We decided to stop off at Durstein, rather than go straight through to Krems, and I would highly recommed this detour. Unlike Krems (which is really rather unattractive), Durnstein, is a beautiful village with a bucket load of picture book charm.

It is worth the effort to take a walk up the hill to the ruins of a castle, that, at one point, imprisoned Richard the Lionhart, if only to reward yourself on the way down, with a quick trip into the Alter Klosterkeller Heuriger.

We then caught the boat again to Krems and then the train back to Vienna.

It turned out to be our favourite day during our stay.

Visited September 2013
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“Spend your time touring the compound and not the restaurant.”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

The stop here was just prior to a scheduled river cruise on the Danube. The cathedral was absolutely stunning. We did not get a chance to see anymore of the buildings because of the length of time it took to finish a meal at the abby restaurant. I would love to go back at some future time and spend the day here.

Visited October 2013
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“Well preserved, a lot of history”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We could see it on the hill for miles before our river cruise got to Melk. It is huge and now contains a 900+ student school, museum and cathedral.There are hundreds of rooms that were reserved for royalty and their entourage centuries ago. The museum is very interesting and educational about the Benedictine Monks culture in the 16th century, with many artefacts to view. The library is impressive, tens of thousands of very old books, some of which are still used by the students and Monks. The chapel is worth a visit even if you have been to Rome, it is bright and covered in gold, it has the WOW factor. Out the back of the chapel is a viewing area that overlooks the Danube and the view is sensational.Most tours that go into that area visit the Abbey, if yours doesn't then ask them to include it.

Visited August 2013
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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“Innovative design”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

The monastery Isolde but still active. It has a library containing 100,000 leather bound books with golden inscribe on the cover. Best to me was an innovative coffin designed by Joseph II, I hope I am right here. But let us talk about the design. The coffin was designed many centuries ago. It has a lever operating which the bottom opens and let's the body only drop into the grave. The coffin could be retrieved and be ready to receive the next body. Is'nt that smart? The inventor must be having environment in mind. One must take a message in the present day when all of us keep talking about environmental protection, but do hardly anything.

Visited October 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Stunning Baroque Abbey!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stopped in Melk on a river cruise, but because the river was so high, we had to anchor a considerable distance from the town and bus to the Abbey. The long 30 minute ride was worth it. This is simply a stunning site and abbey, done in the Baroque style. Unfortunately, our English-speaking guide had a very heavy Germanic accent and spoke quietly, which made the visit less than perfect. However, the abbey itself overshadowed any inequities on the guide's part. Our only regret was that because of the long bus ride, we had no time to wander the gardens or town of Melk. But, the abbey is simply not to be missed.

Visited September 2013
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