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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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  • To understand the Melk Abbey, you need to know that in 1089, the King of Austria gave one of his castles to the Benedictine Monks. So, the king lived in the building for a time each year. The Melk...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Melk Abbey and its surroundings is without a doubt one of the best excursions from Vienna, so if you are in the Austrian capital, we encourage you to visit it. The most impressive of the rooms in this first part of the visit to the Melk Monastery is the Marble Hall, located at the end of the corridor. It was used for special celebrations and is a real marvel. The Melk Abbey Library holds some 100,000 volumes. Among them are some 600 books from before the 15th century and up to 750 incunabula. Some of the most significant works are displayed in the display cases.
  • Must see place on the way from Wiena to Linz. If you don't, it will be your loos.

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