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Reviewed September 1, 2016

Melk Abbey is outstanding, lovely gardens, stunning decorations, riches beyond the expected in an Abbey. I felt like joining as a Monk. The Abbey Church was so Golden, so over the top it seemed to miss the point of prayer and talking to God. There was nowhere for a quiet moment.. All the other large religious buildings I have been in offer that option. I felt uneasy..but it has to be seen.
The Library was perfect. I could have stayed and looked for a long time. I could see why the library had such a great reputation.
So you must go and look. Only you can decide .. but you will be so glad you went.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank John1546
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

The art work, the apricots, the scenery, all was wonderful. We enjoyed every minute. Do buy some of their famous apricot products.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

We took the day trip to Wachau valley and Melk Abbey from Vienna and we didn't regret it, it was a lovely experience. Thinking back, I wouldn't choose to go to Melk Abbey just for the abbey itself but the whole journey was a very positive experience and I did learn quite a bit about the history of the place. Melk is also a lovely little town and we were glad to wander through its pretty streets. I do not suggest eating at the Melk Abbey restaurant, it's a bit touristy and old-fashioned and the food isn't anything special. From the abbey you get a gorgeous view of Melk and the Danube, that's a must see!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Athena P
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

Inspired by War and Peace, excited to visit a place that Napoleon conquered. Amazing to stand at the front and see the wide panorama that he would have seen (very useful at a time of war). We had paid for a guided tour so had to do a long trawl through an Exhibition first. However the 2 rooms with painted ceilings and the look-out area alone are worth the ticket price. The church is a bit ostentatious - perhaps that was the style in those days.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Anne A
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Reviewed August 30, 2016

Take a Danube cruise to Wachau valley. Not a great cruise by itself. But where it finally takes you is spellbinding. A 1000 yrs old castle turned to monastery is a treasure house of architectural beauty and artifacts. A guided tour in English or German language will take you along the 30odd rooms housing Chinese Indian and prominent European paintings sculpture and other collections. The library house more than 100k books of which 12000 are manuscripts. The staircase needs special mention. The chapel is as usual awesome. Do keep 1 day for Melk. It pays.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Bhaskar D
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