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Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) Tours

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Melk Abbey (Stift Melk)
With its ornate golden-colored façade and grand baroque church towers set against an idyllic backdrop of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River, Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) looks more like a palace than a monastery. Founded in 1089, the Benedictine abbey underwent a dramatic makeover in the 18th century and is now regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful baroque churches.

The Basics

The town of Melk lies at the western end of Austria’s Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and full-day tours from Vienna often combine an abbey visit with wine tastings in the valley, a boat cruise along the Danube River, or even a trip to Salzburg or across the Czech border to Cesky Krumlov. The castle is open to visitors with or without a guided tour from April to October.
  • A visit to this monastery is a must for history buffs and architecture lovers.
  • Guided tours of the abbey last about an hour.
  • Melk Abbey tours from Vienna include roundtrip transportation (about a 1.5-hour drive each way).
  • A restaurant, gift shop, and restrooms can be found on-site.
  • The abbey is accessible for wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the town, the Melk Monastery can be reached on foot from the Melk train station (a 10-minute walk) or by a short taxi ride. Most visitors opt to visit on a day trip from Vienna, 50 miles (90 km) east, but it’s equally accessible from Salzburg, 70 miles (115 km) west, or Spitz, 12 miles (20 km) north.

When to Get There
The Melk Abbey is open all year round, but from November through March, visits are only possible by guided tour and must be booked in advance. The abbey can get busy in July and August, so plan an early morning or late afternoon start to avoid the crowds.

The Baroque Gems of Melk Abbey
The abbey is famous for its exquisite baroque architecture, the work of architect Jakob Prandtauer. Highlights include the Marble Hall, with its magnificent ceiling frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr; the opulent library, filled with priceless manuscripts; and the Abbey Church, with its dazzling gold altar.
Address: Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Strasse 1, Melk 3390, Austria
Hours: May–Sep: 9am–5:30pm (last admission at 5pm); Apr & Oct: 9am–4:30pm (last admission at 4pm)
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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This tour is a great way to discover the jewels of Lower Austria in a day. Save hours researching and planning where to go by having a personalized itinerary organized for you. Cut the stress out of planning transport by having Vienna hotel pickup and drop-off included. Travel between dispersed sites in Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg. Highlights included 'The Sound of Music' filming locations, and Hallstatt’s subterranean salt lake.
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Private Tour of Melk Hallstatt and Salzburg from Vienna

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Explore three historic cities with a private guide on a full-day tour of Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg from Vienna. Enjoy the flexibility to tailor the day to your interests as you take in West Austria’s scenic Lake District. Visit a Benedictine Abbey and picturesque villages, and learn about the area’s food traditions and ancient history. Trace Austria’s cultural heritage through the historic streets of Salzburg: tour the birthplace of Wolfgang Mozart, visit an 11th-century hilltop fortress and browse a renowned shopping lane before returning to Vienna.
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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
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Private Danube Valley Tour from Vienna including Skip-the-Line to Melk Abbey

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Enjoy personalized attention and an itinerary tailored to you on this 8-hour tour of the Danube Valley from Vienna. Allow your private guide to introduce you to towns such as Dürnstein, Spitz, and the famous Melk Abbey. Round-trip transportation from your Vienna hotel is included.
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

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See the heart of Austria’s wine region on a private day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, visit a traditional wine tavern to sip and swirl local blends. Then head to the medieval town of Dürnstein to taste local chocolates, schnapps and more. Summer travelers also enjoy a cruise to Melk along the Danube River, while winter trips include a leisurely lunch at the wine tavern. Before returning to Vienna, top off your day at Melk Abbey to admire the town’s historic Benedictine Monastery.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) hours of operation?
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Melk Abbey (Stift Melk) hours of operation: May–Sep: 9am–5:30pm (last admission at 5pm); Apr & Oct: 9am–4:30pm (last admission at 4pm). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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