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Melk Abbey

Stiftsstrasse | 3390Melk, Melk 3390, Austria
+43 2752 555232
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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.
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Stiftsstrasse | 3390Melk, Melk 3390, Austria
+43 2752 555232
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Reviewed today

When visiting here in 2011 and 2015 photography without flash was permitted however it has unfortunately been banned except outside and in the pavilion in the gardens. I suspect that it is to allow the guided tours to move more quickly although I cannot understand...More

Thank Betula103
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the beautiful sites in Austria you must have seen. Splendid museum with high worthy new ways of informing the visitor. The abbey really is impressive.

Thank K B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a guide so we got a lot of information about this abbey. This was fun but near the end... I was with a group of 40 professional photographers, people who are used to restriction and obey to them, on our way out of...More

Thank Luc-quebec360
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The total package at Melk Abbey is fantastic. The tour is one of the best we have been on. It is impressive from the outside, but even more so inside. You are only allowed to take pictures outside and on the outside balcony before the...More

Thank CubFan1948
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped on our Danube Viking River Cruise for the morning visit. Was freezing cold with snow in April but was a lovely visit. Very picturesque. After the tour, we walked back down thru the town to our boat. The town was still a little...More

Thank Cooltreats
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I really like flowers, and maybe I just haven't experienced a lot of great roses (I live in the tropics), but the Melk Abbey Garden had some of the best looking and best smelling roses I've ever seen! Absolutely beautiful pink roses. Yes, the Abbey...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you driving eastbound from Vienna I highly recommend to spend couple of hours here. You can read a lot about the libraries (main and small), beautiful monastery's church, and the Marble Hall, but you have to see this monastery yourself. Guided tour highly recommended....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the great Roccoco style Abbeys (Benidictine) along the Danube river. Altough the Stift has a long history the buildings standing today are mainly 18th century and reflect the heydays of the Sout-German-Austrian Roccoco style. Certainly worth while a visit or a dy trip...More

Thank Willy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in Melk one night and then took a tour of the Abbey the next day. Beautiful and the repainting and cleaning up of the monastery really was well done. Huge library with really old volumes.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only reason to be visiting Melk is to see the Abbey. It is really huge and amazing and the tour is well worth it but no photographs are allowed inside which is too bad.

Thank Jelahti
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Jillian R
Is it possible to purchase tickets in advance? And is there a charge for children ages 2 and 4 years old?
9 May 2017|
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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
No, it is not possible and also not necessary to purchase tickets in advance. Pleace come to the ticket counter in the first courtyard (left). Familiy Card (for 2 adults and childs up to 16 years are free): without guide... More
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Darice P
HI! We are visiting in early September and were considering going to Melk Abbey on our way from Vienna to Salzburg. Can you tell me how much time you spent there? I am sure we would just do a self-guided tour. I am concerned about allowing time there but I also need to get our train tickets ahead of time so I will have to choose a specific time to train from Melk to Salzburg since I don't think we are doing Railjet passes but individual tickets for each city. Thank you, Darice
1 May 2017|
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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
For the visit of Melk Abbey (without guided tour) you should plan around 2 hours or longer. 1 hour for the visit of the Abbey Museum, Marble Hall, Balcony, Library and Church. For the visit of the Abbey Park you should plan... More
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Do the tour buses bring you up to the abbey grounds without climbing all of the steps from the river level?
19 September 2016|
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Response from StiftMelk | Property representative |
You have to ask your cruise line. There are some lines who have special Arrangements for "slow walkers". Normally the busses bring the guests up to the parking of Melk Abbey. A staircase leads you down to the area of Melk... More
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