This magnificent Baroque abbey is one of the masterpieces of high Baroque, and belongs to Austria´s most admired destinations. The complex is situated on a hill above the Danube River, at the eastern edge of the Wachau National Park (one of Europe´s most famous wine regions) in Lower Austria region, approximately a 1-hour drive from Vienna. It is an ideal scenic stop for visitors travelling west or north-west from Vienna (e.g. going to Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Linz, Munich or Salzburg).
A river cruise on the Danube belongs to the most unforgettable attractions, and is also available from the Melk pier. You can get some lovely views of Melk Abbey from the board of a river cruise boat. nnThe history of Melk dates back to 831, when it became a royal castle residence, known as Medilica (meaning “situated on the border”). In 1098, the place comes into the hands of the Benedictine monks, who rebuilt it into a cloister with a prestigious school and a library. At the beginning of the 18th century, the cloister gained its current Baroque look.nnWe recommend to allow at least 2 hours to visit Melk. The best time to visit Melk is April to October. However, 1-hour long guided tours are available in shoulder season, too. You can also enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in the open air café, or have a quick lunch break. The complex offers lovely views due to its hilly location, as well as a large walkable garden.