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“Go early and get in before the tour groups!!”
Review of Wein & Wachau

Wein & Wachau
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Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Melk
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

The second thing I will tell you about is that we did the trip to the Wachau Valley with the fantastic help of the TA experts. It works like clockwork just like they tell you. One thing - when you go to the train station at 06:15 there are very few people to ask where to buy the tickets. It is on the level just below the platforms on the back wall. Not really marked to stand out. We had a bit of a problem finding it but finally asked a EOBB train person and were able to get there in time. We bought the Combi tickets - train tickets, Abbey voucher and boat voucher. We took the 06:50 train to Melk. Arrived there at 08:04. We walked around a bit on the way up to the Abbey. Got to the Abbey around 08:35 and knew that we had to exchange our voucher for a ticket. As we walked through the courtyard there were already several LARGE groups waiting to get in. They do not open until 09:00. We exchanged our voucher and they told us we could go on in and get started (since we were individuals). We were shocked as this meant we were the first ones in, before the opening time, before the groups, and we had the Abbey all to ourselves! It was fantastic! Can you imagine going through everything (it is all in English) including the library and cathedral with NO ONE there except you? Maybe it is just because we are not a big crowd people but it just made the day all that more special.

After we did the Abbey we got a cup of coffee at one of the quaint cafes and relaxed for about 20 minutes and wandered on down to the boat dock, doing some shopping along the way. Got to the boat dock and again exchanged our vouchers for tickets and got on the boat. It was a beautiful sunny day. Not too hot, just right. We had a nice glass of wine while sailing down the Danube. We got off at Durnstein and had lunch, did some more shopping, and found the bus stop to ride the short ride to Krems. We did have to ask directions to get to the right stop (we were on the wrong side of the street). Got to Krems around 15:00 and wandered the streets a bit. Had a wonderful ice cream sundae and then took the train back to Vienna in time to freshen up and go to the Musikverian for that nights concert.

We were afraid that all of this might be too much for semi-old people like us, but it was just perfect. Loved Vienna and the people that live there.

18  Thank bartschmid
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We took the advice of excellent and experienced tripadvisor contributors like Vertical and others and did the the trip on our own; its cheaper and more relaxed; no rushing from one place to the other. We took an early train from Westbahnhof to Melk, a pleasant 1.h 15m trip.We spent the whole morning in Melk. We went on purpose on October 13 the feast day of their patron saint. The main street was very lively full of stalls selling a bit of everything with music all around.(Maybe it would have made more sense if we had stayed the night there; a good excuse to do the trip again in the future!) The Abbey in Melk is a gem. The church was packed with all the school children of the area singing. Then we took the 13.15 boat down the Danube, an enjoyable one hour+ boat trip enjoying the marvelluous views with commentary in different languages while enjoying our apple strudel and hot chocolate. We got off at Durmstein, a very small town with only one narrow main street but really charming and relaxing.Then we took the bus to Krems train station and back to Vienna. I cannot recommend this trip enough, its a Must do if you're in Vienna. You won't regret it.

15  Thank PaulSultana
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Austria is stunningly beautiful and this particular area is more so with deep valleys, quaint villages and towering castles. It appears to be the most beautiful part of the Danube River. We enjoyed the library at the Abbey at Melk, but if you've seen an abbey before, you could probably take a pass, although the view from on top is quite nice.

6  Thank Milendr
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We had an idyllic bike ride in the Wachau Valley. The only problem was in coming into Melk a steep hill (I walked up). But when we got there, we were rewarded by a guided tour of Melk Abbey. The richly jeweled chalices, the tapestries and especially the library. The chapel makes you wonder how the church could have a doctrine of humility. I guess in the days that it was built (for the Hapsburgs), display of wealth and power was the thing. Definitely a most satisfying day.

5  Thank pawdy
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