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Melk River Cruises

About Melk

A small and picturesque town, Melk lies on the banks of the Danube in the state of Lower Austria, in the western end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau Valley about 50 miles west of Vienna. It is a mainstay on many a Danube river cruise and despite its small size, Melk offers visitors a great mix of architectural styles and historical attractions thanks to its rich and varied past. The town itself can be crossed in 20 minutes or less, but visitors have a great selection of cafes, restaurants and age-old points of interest. The main attraction is Melk Abbey, a gigantic Benedictine monastery built on a bluff overlooking the river.

Exploring Melk

Melk Abbey, known locally as Stift Melk is an enormous Baroque masterpiece, built on the site of a castle once owned by the Babenberger family. Striped in white and gold on its exterior and with an incredibly ornate interior, this Benedictine monastery is one of Europe’s finest examples of baroque architecture. It’s still a place of work and study for the order’s monks, who not only live by the teachings of St Benedict but also administer to the town’s faithful and play a role in organising the town’s cultural events. The halls of the abbey are lined with paintings of Austrian rulers, golden statues and pillars of red marble and lead to a library of over 80,000 books. These sagely tomes are wondrous enough but the library also boasts heavenly works by Austrian baroque artist Paul Troger on its ceiling, which date back to the 1700s, as well as an ornate balcony and a wealth of beautiful shelves. Considering its commanding location, the views from the abbey grounds are understandably impressive and the gardens, with their baroque pavilion, are another popular attraction in good weather.

Elsewhere in Melk’s historic town centre, visitors can find the Forsthaus, which holds the town’s archives, the Rathausplatz, where the Kolomanbrunnen fountain stands before the ornate wood and copper doors of the Rathaus (town hall) and the Haus am Stein, or House at the Rock, the oldest building in Melk. This hidden cottage dates back to the 1400s and stands on a rocky outcrop with an ancient, protected vine on its facade. The Old Post Office is another building of note worth visiting. Dating back to 1792 and decorated with a baroque relief, it’s now a convention centre. If you look closely enough on your trip around the town, you’ll be able to see some of the former city walls and the Schiffsmeisterhaus, which is notable because it bears a high water mark from where the Danube reached an incredible 19 feet above the usual level in 1501.

Melk tips

If after exploring the abbey’s vast and hallowed halls and the town itself, you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a good choice of venues in which to sample the local cuisine. Favourites include light, crispy dumplings served on a bed of cabbage, and the town’s trademark dessert, Koloman cake.

Melk Itineraries

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4 sailing dates May 2020 to May 2021
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Miltenberg

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2020
14 Nights From Cologne , Germany to Hungary , Budapest

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Passau

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Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2020
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Passau

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14 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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15 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Bratislava

Christmas Markets of Europe from Budapest

1 sailing date December 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Melk

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2 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
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Budapest

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Vienna

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9 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
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Miltenberg

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Budapest

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23 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam

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1 sailing date December 2020
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Dürnstein

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3 sailing dates October 2020
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Vienna

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2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
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