The small and particularly beautiful city of Melk is located in Lower Austria, at the shores of the blue Danube river and it is the Gate to Wachau. Melk with its 5,000 inhabitants and one of the oldest settlements in Austria became well-known already long before the Baroque Monastery was built. Nowadays, the monastery and parts of the old town belong to the cultural world heritage. The city is marked by its Medieval building structure and house facades dating from many different eras. The picturesque old town offers visitors a great atmosphere and impressions of diverse architecture ranging from the late Gothic period, Biedermeier, the Gründerzeit period and art nouveau. The stunning landscape invites visitors to discover the region located at the border between the Mostviertel and the Mühlviertel area.
Summer Holidays in Melk
The Nibelungen Saga already reported about the magnificent settlement at the Danube river and Umberto Eco made the city and the well-known monastery immortal as he used it as scenery in his novel “The Name of the Rose”. The gate to Wachau is the ideal starting point for excursions to the surroundings. Take a 2.5-hours walk to the Renaissance CastleSchallaburg with its wide gardens or a round trip through Dunkelsteiner wood, which takes walkers past the most beautiful spots in the region. Right at the shores of the beautiful blue Danube river visitors can enjoy unforgettable moments on a ship – e.g. on a day tour through the Wachau region with stops in Krems and Dürnstein. This is the place of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was held captive. Back in Melk, you can perfectly finish off your day at one of the many events organised in the Wachau Arena Melk – a great cultural program awaits you as well as culinary delights and fine wines.
Also in winter, holidays in Melk offer great options to discover the various architectural highlights: Participate in a guided tour at the world-famous Benedictine Monastery located high above the Danube river – it offers splendid views of the park, the city and the river as well as the surrounding woods. Or discover Melk on a guided tour – the beautiful city at the heart of Lower Austria offers unforgettable holiday moments, also in winter.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
Welcome to Melk! The famous Benedictine abbey of Melk, one of Europe´s most splendid example of Baroque architecture, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Beyond the mighty masterpiece of Baroque art, a not less worthy cultural-historical jewel presents itself.
Melk, which was first mentioned as "Medilica" in a document in the year 831, received its town charter more than 100 years ago. This lovely town is like a picture book come alive!
The town center is quite small, however you still find such a great variety of architectural gems like in hardly any other town of Europe, enabling the visitor to travel throughout the centuries of its history.