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Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk October 5th 2018

Sailed overnight to Durnstein. Arrived for breakfast at 8am. Then walked the town. So beatiful and quaint. Climbed half way up to old castle ruins, some more amazing views overlooking the town & river. Departed noon for cruise through the Wachau Valley to Melk. Picture perfect villages, churches and riverviews. Arrived Melk 3pm, to tour the Melk Abbey. Interesting tour of Melk Abbey, Benedictine monks still at Abbey also school still running. Enormous grounds, halls and squares. Completely renovated in 1700's baroque style. Back to ship for dinner.... read more
Durnstein monastery
Durnstein
Cruising

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk June 8th 2018

When we wake up, we are in Dürstein, a small town (population 900) on the west bank of the Danube. I opt to make a solo trek into Dürstein. It's only about a 10-minute walk along the river. Dürstein is almost ridiculously picturesque. The first thing you notice is the Blue Tower, part of a modest but beautiful little church. But Dürstein is a bit like a game of Myst. How do you get from the path along the river into the town? All you see are walls. Oh, there's a ramp that leads to a small archway that grants you access. Now which way? Wandering around I find a lovely abbey, then backtrack to discover a small palace that is now a 5-star hotel. As in any game, there has to be a goal, and ... read more
Street maze
Path to the castle ruins
Castle ruins

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk May 3rd 2018

I started off the morning at Zum Kirchenwirt in the usual manner: soft boiled egg, hard roll, fresh butter, a couple of slices of cheese and sandwich meats washed down with orange juice. Hot chocolate was out of the question on these increasingly warmer days. Gail worked the opposite side of the buffet table loading up with fruit and yoghurt. Today's drive should take two hours to get from Kellburg to our accommodations at a working farm outside of Melk, Austria. But like Ike and Tina Turner, we never do anything nice and easy. The quickest route is usually the boring route so I aimed the X1 in the general direction of Melk instead of listening to the onboard GPS. I can't say we discovered anything all that exciting but along the way we found plenty ... read more
Not my favorite singer but my favorite Austrian gas
Topping her off
The Linz line

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk September 10th 2017

Today we will visit Melk Abbey (I cannot believe I've never heard of this UNESCO sight until this trip) and then cruise down the Wauchu Valley (we're told it's the most picturesque scenery in the world) at the other end of the Valley is the town of Durnstein where we will anchor and visit as well. Melk Abbey: The Melk Abbey. Is a Benedictine Abbey built in the Baroque style high above the town of Melk in lower Austria which is built on a high outcropping of rocks overlooking the Danube. It was founded in 1089 When Leopoldo II gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey which was a monastic school. The Abbey we toured today was built in 1736. Beautiful frescos abound all around the Abbey. Our tour guide was Stephanie ... read more
View of Melk taken from the Abbey
At the Abbey
Street vendor in Melk

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk December 24th 2016

A visit today to Melk Abbey (a Benedictine Abbey) which sits atop a cliff, where below two Rivers flow into the Danube. The abbey was founded in 1089 and given to the Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A monastic school, the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, was founded in the 12th century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. Today's Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 - the abbey church with frescos and the library with countless medieval manuscripts, including a famed collection of musical manuscripts and frescos. The school was returned to the abbey after the Second World War and now caters for nearly 900 pupils of both sexes. After visiting the Abbey we wandered through the cobble stones streets of Melk on the way back to the ship. A lovely ... read more
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk May 27th 2016

Gestern bin ich also mit dem Auto von Linz nach Sift Melk gefahren. Dort waren insbesondere der Marmorsaal, die Bibliothek und die Klosterkirche besonders interessant. Danach bin ich zurück und auf dem Weg noch zum ehemaligen Konzentrationslager Mauthausen. Im Anschluss daran bin ich in den Voorten von Linz an den Stahlwerken vorbei gefahren, die der Stadt den Namen Stahlstadt eingebracht haben. Trotzdem ist Linz sehr sehenswert und war ja auch Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2009. Abends habe ich dann noch gut gegessen und World of Warcraft gespielt. Gegen 22:00 gab es dann noch eine Art Feuerwerk am Donauufer, von dem ich aber vorher nichts erfahren habe.... read more
Stift Melk - Klosterkirche.
Konzentrationslager Mauthausen.
Konzentrationslager Mauthausen.

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk January 2nd 2016

We woke today to a very cold and foggy morning. It reminded me of a morning in Canberra - some fog and you need to rug up on your way to work or school. In Austria, however, that weather was all day. We were even able to stare directly into the sun without it hurting our eyes. After breakfast we went into the hotel lobby to wait our ride to the bus, where our tour would begin. Months ago we booked an all day tour to the Danube Valley (located in the north-east of Lower Austria). Tours run throughout the year, but they change it up a bit in winter, compared to the summer months. The starting point was actually only about a ten minute walk from our hotel, but considering we had already organised to ... read more
Melk Abbey Entrance
Melk Abbey model
Selfie

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk June 17th 2015

This morning we were docked in Melk, Austria. I took the optional tour to Melk Abby, a 900 year old Baroque abbey. It's situated on a steep cliff and began as a Roman border post. Later in the tenth-century, it served as a fortress. It became a Benedictine Monastery in 1089. It currently has 900 students but none of them are boarded any more since modern transportation became available. There's a story that one of the Abbot's, centuries ago, was extremely frugal and wanted all extravagance to go to people who could actually and practically use it. He also invented a re-useable coffin. Once the person was dropped in the grave, the bottom dropped out and the rest of the coffin was pulled up and used for someone else. That idea didn't last for very long, ... read more
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Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk December 6th 2014

Day 6 – Melk Abbey and cruise through the Danube’s Wachau Valley Today we docked and were transported by coach up to the Benedictine Melk Abbey where we were given a guided tour. It is the largest in Austria and was constructed in the early 1700s. I used the GoPro to video the tour and I'm not sure if I'll be able to post that somewhere. But that'd be like watching someone else's family vacation home movies or slide show huh!? Could be boring if you weren't part of it! “Melk’s restored abbey, beaming proudly over the Danube Valley, is one of Europe’s great sights. Established as a fortified Benedictine abbey in the 11th century, it was later destroyed by fire (what you see today is 18th- century Baroque). Architect Jakob Prandtauer made the building one ... read more
Library at Melk Abbey
Library at Melk Abbey
The Marble Hall at Melk Abbey

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Melk July 23rd 2014

Geo: 48.2271, 15.3296The day after we sailed from Vienna, we entered the Wachau valley, a very picturesque stretch of the Danube lined by vineyards and small villages with churches and monasteries. Very relaxing to sit on the sun deck, down a Bavarian beer and watch the world go by.The ship moored up at the town of Melk at which a monastery was founded 900 years ago. Several times the building was destroyed by fires and war but was rebuilt and is now mostly an 18th century building with a beautiful baroque church. It also has a stunning very old library and a beautiful marble hall. Outside there are gardens and courtyards and the old town is a short walk down between the monastery and the river. Once more we have time to sit in the sun ... read more
castle in the distance seen from the river
Austrian villages on the Danube
vineyards on the slopes




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