With cobblestone streets and it's majestic abbey, possibly the most famous
in Austria, Melk was a highlight of the Danube Valley visit. Built between
1702 and 1736, it stands on an outcrop rising above the river, resplendent in
a golden hue, crowned by towers. Originally a royal palace, it has ceremonial
courts, guest apartments, grand halls and a fabulous library containing 80,000
exquisite medieval manuscripts (no photos permitted sadly).
View of Melk from a window high in the abbey which was presented to the
Benedictine monks in the 11th century. The highlight is the Stiftskirche
"Abbey Church" with a jaw-dropping interior of baroque extravaganza.
The monastic community of Melk is more than 900 years old - it is also a
prestigious monastery school with more than 700 students.
Leaving misty Melk through the abbey gardens - back to the Danube for the scenic sail to
Passau, our first stop in Germany.