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“Most Spectacular Abbey we have ever visited” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit and Wine Tastings from Vienna
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Melk
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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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“Most Spectacular Abbey we have ever visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Our visit to Melk Abbey was part of our AMAPrima Cruise on the Danube. From outside one can
already tell how magnificent this abbey must be inside. The location is amazing because it can be viewed from a distance. We walked quite a bit to get to the abbey. This review would turn out to be short novel if I mentioned everything about the Abbey. All I can say is that it surely
is worth a visit because it is quite different from other Abbeys.

Visited September 2013
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“A must see when in Melk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Visited Melk Abbey as an excursion from a Danube river cruise. The abbey is massive and you certainly need at least a couple of hours to absorb everything in.

The tour starts in a series of small, sometimes dark, named rooms like 'Listen with your heart' and 'A house for God and man', which each gives insight into the abbey and its history. Next you go into the magnificent marble hall with its stunning (but deceptive) ceiling fresco. Would recommend you take your time to look at it from different angles as your eyes can deceive you. After the hall you go outside on to a balcony terrace which gives you the opportunity to take in the view of the Danube, Wachau Valley and the city of Melk. From the terrace you head into the library (the one place photography is not permitted during your visit) where there is another magnificent fresco and hidden doors to side rooms, before finally you head into the church and its stunning interior.

Wandering around the gardens is also very pleasant, and towards the end of the garden there is a restaurant, which I didn't get to try but looked nice.

Now I'm not a massive fan of wandering around churches etc. but even I found Melk Abbey interesting and I can understand why it is a UNESCO world heritage site - a must see when in Melk

Visited September 2013
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“Visit crowded and a bit hurried”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

Yes this is an exceptional Abbey, with all the baroque razmataz and lots of gold around the place. The reviews have summed it up, and how you feel about it will depend on how you view all this gold, silver and marble alongside the poverty of the population. However, it has to be viewed in the context of the times when it was built and not by our modern standards.
No-one seems to have mentioned the particularly Germanic phenomenon of the ornamented skeletons of erstwhile minor "saints" in their glass boxes within the church. The courtyard is also worth looking closely at with its decorations including the clock which is on the back of the main entrance.
Go to the loo outside before you go in for your tour as it may take some time, particularly if you do it on your own; but you will need a working knowledge of German as there is no allowance in the descriptions of the items for non German speakers - in which case you will miss much of the history. Presumably there will be multi-lingual audio guides, but we didn't notice as we had a tour guide. Be aware that independent travelers are at risk of trampling by herds of tour parties.
The garden is worth wandering around - not just the formal bit but up the slope into the wooded area, where you can see over the countryside away from the canal, and round into the herb/vegetable garden. The pavilion at the end of the formal garden needs a visit as the wall frescoes are worth seeing and you can also get a.coffee and pastry in more pleasant surroundings than the main eatery. From one corner of the garden is access to the viewing platform over the town and canal. whilst there is an exhibition level below this and above the tourist trap shop.
Yes there are stairs to be negotiated - we didn't notice a lift, so worth checking before you go that it will be accessible if you have limited/ impaired mobility.

Visited October 2013
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“Melk - Austria”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

We traveled by train from Vienna to Melk enjoying the scenery and views of the river as we traveled along.
We stayed for one night in Melk which is a very nice place with a very large Abbey overlooking it.
Quite a few shops appeared to be closed for the season. We had a good wander around the small streets in the central area and walked down to the river. The Abbey was in full view all the time, however we did not go and visit the Abbey as seeing it from the outside was enough for us. The next morning we caught the train to Passau.

Visited October 2013
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“Main tourist attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

This abbey is huge and well worth a visit. You begin the tour in small ante rooms containing old treasures dating back to 800 AD. The frescoes and sculptures are lovely, and the views from outside the abbey before entering the cathedral are the best in the town. Once you enter the cathedral, your jaw drops at the amount of gold and baroque style altar and pulpit are incredible. Turn to the back, and the organ is very large and beautiful. One of the oldest clergymen plays it on occasion.

Visited November 2013
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