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Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

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Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

Hello Vertical

We will be spending three nights in Vienna. Then we will be traveling by Selectpass to Salzburg on Sunday Aug 27 for two nights. I see that the train line goes through Melk. Would you recommend stopping there for several hours to look around? I read in a guidebook that there are lockers at the train station. So much to see and so little time -- what do you think is best way to go?

Also should we reserve seats on the train when we arrive in Vienna?

I just read a recommendation to definitely reserve seats on the Prague to Vienna train.

Thank you --Sally

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1. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

Suggest to stop and vist Stift Melk. Will be hard to do justice in a few hours, but worth it. No idea about the trains. See:

http://www.stiftmelk.at/englisch/

http://www.oebb.at/vip8/oebb/en/

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2. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

definitely suggest melk. abbey is beautiful, so it the town. lunch at the restaurant just outside the abbey was great too. forget the name but lovely to sit outside and enjoy .

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3. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

As prior posters advise- Melk is worth a visit.

However, it is not on the main rail line from Vienna to Salzburg.

Coming from Vienna, you must transfer in St. Pölten ( about 45 minutes-1 hour west of Vienna) to a local train to Melk.

Then after your visit

local train back to main line and then to Salzburg.

look at the austrian rail website for train info.

You can then decide if the detour is worth your time. Perhaps it is better to do it on your return trip to Vienna ( if you take this return trip.

Sunday would be a very busy day at the Abbey.

You should also determine that your type of ticket allows for this.

I would not normally recommend train seat reservations, but that Sunday will probably be a busy travel day- one of the last weekends before schoolm begins again and those not taking vacations until this late date rush to get away or get home again.

A seat reservation is less than 4 euro- leaving you relaxed.

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4. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

Thank you for all the helpful information. We start our journey tomorrow!!

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5. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

I hope that you have a very enjoyable visit!

Weather in coming days --

partly summer for next several days- a slight chance of a shower day temperatures 18-23 grad- comfortable

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6. Re: Vertical or anyone-- Advice on Melk?

Melk is actually located at the mainline (Westbahn) from Vienna to Salzburg, but long distance trains like ICE, OEC, EC, OIC or IC do not stop there. There are direct E (Eilzug) trains from Wien Westbahnhof to Melk, you can't reserve seats there.

Melk railway station has lockers.

From Melk to Salzburg, you will have to change trains once in Amstetten. Usually no need to reserve seats, except you are a group. But 1,2 or 3 people will find seats together, even on a Sunday afternoon or evening.

For timetables, have a look at

http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en

Just for interest, how much did you pay for the rail-pass?

A return ticket Vienna-Salzburg-Vienna is € 153,80 for 2 persons...

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