Melk Benedictine Abbey
Perched high atop a hill with lush forested slopes all around and the iconic Danube River cutting its way across just below, the magnificent Melk Benedictine Abbey is a sight to be reckoned. Even from afar, the abbey is an imposing sight with twin towers and a central dome reaching up to the heavens and the walls a shimmering yellow that glow even at night.
Considered by several seasoned travellers as one of the most magnificent sights of Europe, the abbey beckons visitors, even from afar, to come and explore its spectacular interiors and magnificent gardens. Its history as a royal palace is clearly visible in its interiors, which boast magnificent frescoes, ornate painted ceilings, gilded cornices, stone statues and walls adorned with life-size portraits of the Austria’s rulers.
A guided tour through the Melk Benedictine Abbey takes over 2 hours. Trace the Abbey’s journey over the years at the Abbey Museum housed in the Imperial rooms; walk on to the Marble Hall, the dining hall and venue of a famous painted ceiling. Balconies here reveal exquisite panoramic views of Melk, the Danube River and beyond.
Step into the library and try to discover the secret doorways hidden amongst the hundreds of inlaid wood bookshelves; the bookshelves themselves hold a treasure of unimaginable value with around 100,000 volumes of old books and 1186 manuscripts; the oldest book is from 988.
A major highlight of your tour, the Church is a piece of magnificent art and a masterpiece, with experts on the subject commending it as one of the finest Baroque churches in the world. Elaborately painted ceilings, ornate frescoes, exquisite statues and a lighting system that highlights the beauty of the church to perfection are some of the highlights of the Melk Benedictine Abbey Church.
At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy wandering about the Abbey Gardens and savour a sumptuous lunch at the Melk Benedictine Abbey Restaurant, Stiftsrestaurant Melk.