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Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

Of all the Abbey's I have seen with such grandeur #1 being Saint Peter's Bracilca in Rome, This has to be #2. Totally stunning and to think of the work and money that went into this is amazing. You can walk this and the grounds with in a two hour time frame. Parking is a little walk away , but what a treat. You can enjoy the town below with all the shops and restaurants. A must do.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Perry H
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

I never cease to be amazed by the size and grandeur of some religious institutions relative to the size of the local town and population. Melk Abbey is another of these amazing institutions. Founded in 1089 after Leopold II gave one of his castles to some local Benedictine monks. Since then it has expanded, adding a monastic school in the 12th Century, an enormous library which now houses over 100,000 priceless books and a Baroque Abbey in the 18th Century. It sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube River, the Wachau Valley and the small town of Melk, population around 6,000.

Entrance fee is €14.50 for a guided tour (€29 for a family) and €4.50 to visit the Abbey gardens.There are several rooms of religious relics and detailed models of the complex. The library is amazing. There are 12 rooms but you only get to see one which is full of priceless books hand produced by the monks held in a room which has no temperature or environmental control (hard to believe!)

The piece de resistance is the abbey itself. It is a beautiful church with a breathtaking ceiling dripping with gold leaf. You are not allowed to take photographs inside the church/ abbey itself so if you have seen any, their photographer is probably doomed to purgatory!

The enormous complex is now home to 30 monks (100 at peak population) but a large part of the complex is used as a school for 900 of the local children/youth.

The iconic tourist location if you are in Melk and other than the cute village not much else to see, so probably an essential stop. We didn’t view the gardens as it was raining but they are large and highly regarded.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Monty458
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Reviewed May 15, 2019

Stopped here in Melk while on a river boat cruise mainly to see the Melk Abbey. We toured it in the morning. Again, disappointed not to be able to take any photographs inside. A lot of beautiful things to see here ( the Hapsburgs had an interest). I loved the Library the most. We learned a lot from the professional guide who gave us the tour.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank sandra n
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Reviewed May 12, 2019

Went here on a trip, to start abbeys are not my thing so my views are coloured by this.

The abbey sits on top of a hill behind the small town whose existence is dominated by the abbey.

We had a tour of the open rooms and finished with a look around the church. The tour was done by a member of the abbey staff and she was clearly knowledgeable about the abbey and its history. Sh made a point of telling us it was self financing and not dependent upon the catholic church.I was glad about this as clearly the church is short of cash!

The rooms are full of old articles and vestments and they describe the history of the abbey and its occupants. After the tour of the rooms you are left on a large terrace where there are good views over the Danube valley. You then go through the church to the exit.

On the edge of the abbey are the gardens , we were told these are a must see. We found them underwhelming as they are formal lawns, clipped trees etc.

I have given this four stars not based on my views but the views of thiose I was with.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank DavidA200
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

I don’t know what else to say except Melk Abbey is truly, awe-inspiring. The Museum is great, highlighted by a 12th century cross in immaculate condition. The museum is just a means to get to the Library and the Church.

The baroque Church may very well be the most impressive Church I’ve ever been in. I would have loved to attend mass there.

The Library, with nearly 100,000 books/manuscripts in its collection is impressive.

The views of Melk and the Danube - breathtaking. Worth the drive from
Vienna.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Markfrom43N81W
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