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Melk Abbey, also known as Stift Melk is an Austrian Benedictine abbey.

Melk Abbey, also known as Stift Melk is an Austrian Benedictine abbey.
• It is one of the world’s most famous monastic sites.
• It is located above the town of Melk.
• This is located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria which adjoins the Wachau valley.
• The abbey was founded in 1089.
• This was found when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey.
• A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century.
• The monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection.
• The monastery’s scriptorium was also a major site for the production of manuscripts.
• In the 15th century the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement.
• This reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.
• The impressive Baroque abbey that is present today was built between 1702 and 1736.
• The abbey was designed by Jakob Prandtauer.
• The abbey church with frescos was designed by Johann Michael Rottmayr.
• The impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts includes a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.
• Due to its fame and academic stature, Melk managed to escape dissolution under Emperor Joseph II.
• Many other Austrian abbeys were seized and dissolved between 1780 and 1790.
• The abbey managed to survive threats to its existence during the Napoleonic Wars.
• Since 1625 the abbey has been a member of the Austrian Congregation, now within the Benedictine Confederation.
• Melk Abbey was recently selected as the main motif of a very high value collectors’ coin.
• The Austrian Melk Abbey commemorative coin, minted on April 18, 2007.
• The obverse shows a view up to the façade of the abbey church and its two side wings from a low level.
• The twin baroque towers and the great dome of the church behind them can be seen.
• In the lower right corner, the coat-of-arms of the Abbey of Melk (the crossed keys of St. Peter) can be seen.
• The abbey park makes up a substantial part of the entire Baroque monastic ensemble.
• This constitutes a symmetric symbiosis of the abbey building and the grounds.
• The exterior grounds were renovated and revitalized for the Lower Austrian State Exhibition in 2000.
• The abbey park was designed as a baroque park in 1750 and in 1822.
• The majority was replanted as an English landscape garden.

Baroque Garden Pavilion
• The garden pavilion served as a place of relaxation for the monks in the Baroque era.
• Johann W. Bergl created the Baroque frescoes with exotic animals and plants, jungles and native people.
• This is an exotic place which invites you to linger.
• Today, there is a self-service café located in the pavilion.

Opening Time

April to October:Visits possible daily with or without a guided tour.
May to September:9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.(last admission at 5:00 p.m.)
April and October:9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 4:00 p.m.)
Guided tours for groups may be reserved for any day of the week – for May to September between 9:00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Guided tours for groups may be reserved for any day of the week for March, April, October and November between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Guided tours for groups are possible in German, English, French and Italian (sometimes also possible in Dutch and Spanish – please ask when making the reservation).
Guided tours for individuals: From April to October we offer daily guided tours in English at 10:55 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.
Abbey Park: Open from May to October daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November to March: Visits possible only with a guided tour
Guided tours for groups: Tours in German, English, French and Italian may be reserved for any day of the week between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Guided tours for individuals are offered during this time daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.and will be held in German and English.
Guided tours have to be booked in advance!
To book a guided tour:
• Stift Melk, Stiftsführungen, Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Straße 1, A-3390 Melk
• Tel: +43-(0)2752-555-232 • Fax: -249 e-mail:

What are the Prices?

Prices 2011 / 2012 (all prices include a 10% V.A.T.)
June 2011 – March 2013 with guided tour without guided tour
– Adults per person: € 11,50(with guided tour) and € 9,50(without guided tour)
– Groups (of 20 or more) per person: €10,50(with guided tour) and €8,50(without guided tour)
– Pupils and students per person: (up to 27 years of age, with student ID): €7,00 with guided tour and €5,00 without guided tour.
– Pupils traveling as a class: Per person (up to 19 years of age): €6,00 with guided tour and €4,50 without guided tour.
– Family ticket: € 23,00 with guided tour and €19,00 without guided tour.

The guided tour comprises the abbey museum in the former Imperial.
• Room 1 Listen with Your Heart
• Room 2 A House for God and Man
• Room 3 The Ups and Downs of History
• Room 4 The Wood of Life
• Room 5 Now we are seeing a dim reflection in a mirror … (1 Cor. 13,12)
• Room 6 Heaven on Earth
• Room 7 In the Name of Reason
• Room 8 The Whole Person
• Room 9 The Path to the Future
• Room 10 – Part 1 To Glorify God in Everything
• Room 10 – Part 2 The City on the Mountain
• Room 11 Motion Is a Sign of Life

• Marble Hall
• Terrace
• Library
• Abbey Church
• Coloman Courtyard

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Melk Abbey?

By Train: Walk from the train station.
By Car / Bus:
• From A1
• From B1
• From B33 (Wachau right bank of the Danube)
• From Danube bridge (Wachau left bank of the Danube)
By Ship:
Walk from the ship station for excursion and from the ship station for cruise ships and special charters.

How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

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