Melk is a small town of about 5,000 people. The primary
attraction of Melk is the Benedictine abbey of Melk, known in German as
Stift Melk. It was founded
in 1089 AD but most of its present architectural design was created in the
1700s. Melk Abbey has an extensive library of ancient texts.
The abbey survived the reign of Franz Josepp II, the Napoleanic Wars and
World Wars I and II. Today the abbey houses many ancient artifacts
and is a functioning school with nearly a thousand students. It
is a tremendously popular stop for Danube river cruises.
Melk's climate is similar to Vienna's. It is influenced by the
rolling hills north of the Alps and by the secluded vegetation of the
Danube along the Wachau Valley. June -
August has average highs of 75 F (24 C) and lows of 60 F (15C).
Precipitation is light and spread evenly throughout the year. Snow
falls from November to March and average lows are a few degrees below
freezing during the winter.
The Austrian Rail
System (OBB) offers many ticket options for rail transport to Melk. In addition
to participating in Eurail passes, Austria also has an Einfach-Raus ticket
that offers single day rates for small groups, similar to the Bayern
Ticket in Germany. Vienna is about an hour away from Melk, so a
vehicle rented from the Vienna International Airport provides another
option to access the area. Melk is a standard stop on Danube River
cruises and is the upper river end of the scenic Wachau Valley along the
Attractions in Melk:
Things to see and do:
Visit the famous Melk Abbey.
Stroll the small town at the base of the abbey.
Take a cruise from Melk through the UNESCO Wachau Cultural
Landscape and visit Durnstein Abbey. It's easy to combine a visit to Melk
and Durnstein on the same day. The DDSG
Danube Blue and Brandner
both cruise the Wachau on a daily basis. Take the riverboat one
direction and the train the other.