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Melk Abbey, Melk

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A famous monastic site, Melk Abbey contains the remains of several members of the first Austrian dynasty and the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau. This Benedictine abbey was founded in 1089, although the current Baroque building was built between 1702 and 1736. You can take time to appreciate the abbey's frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and browse the library of medieval manuscripts. Located above the town with a view of the Danube, the abbey is surrounded by a large park. Join a guided tour to learn about the abbey's history as a school for young monks. Arrange to visit Melk Abbey and other attractions in Melk using our Melk road trip planning tool.
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  • Visited during winter which was much quieter. The guided tour was great. My personal favourite was the beautiful baroque style library. A must see.  more »
  • The Austrians know how to take care of such places:) The abbey is impressive although a bit pricey. If you want a tour guide it will cost you 14.5 Eur. It is 12.5 without one and you can buy a...  more »
  • Beautiful centuries-old abbey exquisitely restored (over 1,000 years!) rich in very interesting history. Photography is not allowed inside which is so frustrating! You therefore really need to budget enough time to not miss anything. The sculptures, frescoes and paintings are beautiful and it also has a large garden with roses bursting with scent. The library is the most amazing with over 100,000 books and manuscripts, some over 1,200 years old! There are some very interesting architectural features as well so make sure to ask about them.
  • Nice looking. Beautiful interior of the cathedral. Not much to see besides that. Especially o am not that interested in church related history. I guess it will be exciting for someone who cares about prominent church centers. The view looks very nice and I enjoyed walking around it. We spent like 30-40minutes there. Felt enough

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