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Review of Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
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“Beautiful, to say the least ...”
Reviewed 19 January 2012

This is a gorgeous abbey. Review some of the photos posted here by others, to get an idea. Architecture is amazing, fantastic grounds. Great amounts of beauty to take in.
Do take some time to walk down the hill into town and take advantage of being there. There are nice restaurants and the town is lovely in itself. Enjoy!

Visited December 2011
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“a must see high above the danube overlooking the wachau”
Reviewed 19 January 2012

if Austria is on your agenda - make sure you include a visit to Melk Abbey and admire the spectacular library in addition to the view across the valley vineyards - about 2 hours by train from Vienna or take a day trip cruise on the Danube .....

Visited March 2011
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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“Stunning !”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

A fantastic museum, library and church and must be seen to be believed !

We visited in early January first thing in the morning and got a very well guided tour which was not rushed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent english.

If you are in the area, DON'T miss it.

Visited January 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A Must Do Day Trip from Vienna with a Personal Winter Tour for 2”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

Melk is a MUST do from Vienna. In fact, I would pick Melk over Schonbrunn Palace or the Hofburg Apartments. The interior of the church is unlike anything I had seen before, and I feel like I've more than seen my fair share of churches across Europe. It is reported to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture, and the detail and goldwork is phenomenal. Aside from the breathtaking interior of the church, the complex itself has a rich history.

We went during the winter, at which time you are required to make a reservation for a tour at either 11 or 2 (contact via phone, fax or email: [--]). You make the reservation and complete your purchase when you pick up the tickets from the main office. The tour was one hour in duration. For the English tour, there were only the two of us which basically made it a personal tour just for us. The guide was knowledgeable and excellent, leading us through the complex with a set of old-fashioned large iron keys (literally seemed like the keys to the castle). She led us through the very interesting and modern abbey museum, imperial dining area when royalty came to visit (which has an optical illusion for the painting on the ceiling), amazing libraries, then to a breathtaking terrace view overlooking the river, and then to the stunning abbey church itself. For a great overview of the tour, check out their website: www.stiftmelk.at (click on English, then on the right hand-side for "The Abbey Museum, marble hall, library, church" for a description and pictures). After the tour, we also visited the new Bastion, which had a great terrace view of the garden pavilion and the monastery park. It also holds an exhibit space as well as the gift shop. Make sure to keep your ticket as you will use this to go through a turnstile for the upper level exhibit and terrace view. The garden unfortunately was closed during the winter, but you can still get a great view of the garden pavilion.

For logistics on how to reach the abbey via train, make sure to print out the directions from their website (right hand side - click on "How do I get to Melk Abbey?". This was very handy for a visual orientation on how to get to the abbey. However, the street names were not so visible, so make note of directions below the map. I also have supplemented with additional directions:
- Leaving the main train station entrance, go north out onto Bahnhofplatz, which turns into Bahnhofstrasse after one block.
- When this road starts turning to the left, you want to take the pedestrian walkway Bahngasse (which forks to your right).
- This takes you to Rathausplatz, where you will take a right (going east) until you reach Abbe Stadler-Gasse. You'll start seeing signs for Melk Abbey (follow signs to Zum Stift or Fussweg Stift Melk) and little footprints off to point you to the pathway.
- Take a left for another pedestrian walkway (Sechsergasse) that leads you up the hill with stairs. If you miss this, you can take the following left at Stiftsweg, off of Wiener Strasse.
- Once at the top, swing to the left for the main entrance, past the modern looking building on the right. Once through the first gate, we checked in the building to the left for our ticket, and then went across the courtyard, where there 3 rooms. The one to the right was the waiting area, with the center room having lockers and the left room being the restrooms.

It was a good 15 minute brisk walk from the train station to the abbey entrance, with a third of it being going uphill. If I had been traveling with my mother who tends to walk leisurely and have difficulty with stairs, I would definitely have to double the time to get there. So keep that in mind when timing for trains and walking up to the abbey. Also when keeping in mind train times, make sure you check the schedule as there are either direct trains or ones with transfers. Also, another tip for train travel would be to purchase your ticket as a group (even just with 2) rather than individually can save you a bunch. I priced out the ticket for us individually using the automated machines the day before and we saved over half the price by purchasing via the counter the day of. This was due to a very helpful OBB customer service representative who mentioned that it would be much better to pay together.

Visited November 2011
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Vienna, Austria
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“It´s a must”
Reviewed 12 January 2012

One of the jewels in the Danubevalley. About 1000 Years old. A very impressive Library and rom.cath. Church is just amazing.

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