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The A, B, C of Melk

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A May 2004 trip to Melk by Re Carroll

Melk Abbey Photo, Melk, Austria More Photos
Quote: A is for Abbey and Melk has one of the largest Benedictine abbeys in Europe, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.B is for boat trip along a scenic stretch of the Danube from Melk to Krems.C is for Castle, namely Schallaburg with terra-cotta arcades from the 16th century.

The A, B, C of Melk

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Melk Abbey Photo, Melk, Austria
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When researching my Austrian trip, it became apparent that a visit to Melk’s Abbey was a "must do." When I finally got there reality did not disappoint. Perched on a granite bluff above town, the Abbey is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, filled with a treasure trove of manuscripts, paintings, religious works of art and fascinating architectural details such as the serpentine staircase. Below the Abbey, Melk’s pedestrian only streets lined with pastel colored buildings and interesting little shops make it a picturesque and relaxing change of pace from the big cities. Located in the hills outside of town, Schallaburg Castle is less well known than the Abbey and therefore a much l...Read More

Restaurantbetriebe Johann Reis

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Restaurant

Restaurantbetriebe Johann Reis Photo, Melk, Austria
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We didn’t want to give up any Melk exploration time for lunch so decided we’d take our chances and eat during our afternoon boat ride. I resigned myself to a limited menu of fast food, high prices and basic snack bar type seating arrangements. I was pleasantly surprised when we got on the boat and found restaurant Johann Reis with its extensive menu including a large selection of wines, beer and hard liquor. Linen draped tables were arranged along the large windows to ensure diners had a good view of the passing scenery. Servers clad in white and black took our order while kitchen staff in the bowels of the ship prepared tasty food that was delivered piping hot via a dumb waiter (the small elevat...Read More

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Restaurantbetriebe Johann Reis
Aboard MS Prinz Eugen
Melk, Austria
(02732) 75-055

Benedictine Abbey

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Attraction | "A is for Abbey"

Benedictine Abbey Photo, Melk, Austria
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In 1089 Leopold II gave Melk Castle to the Benedictine monks who converted it to their Abbey. They were able to generate income on the surrounding lands from agriculture and forestry but those revenues faded substantially over the centuries. The original Abbey was destroyed by fire and in the 18th century, the present Baroque structure was built. A major restoration project was recently completed and now the Abbey derives much of its revenue from tourism.The Abbey is huge with a church, library and art gallery sharing space with a school and retreat centre. Entering from the main courtyard I passed through the Imperial Corridor lined with paintings of Austrian royalty. Leading off the corri...Read More

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Benedictine Abbey

Melk, Austria

Boating

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Attraction | "B is for Boat"

Boating Photo, Melk, Austria
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The 24-mile stretch of the Danube from Krems to Melk has been designated a World Heritage Site and one of the most relaxing ways to see it is via a leisurely boat cruise. Large tour boats make the trip a couple times per day in each direction and call at the small towns of Spitz and Durnstein en route. The boats are equipped with a full service restaurant including bar, a snack bar, small gift shop and washrooms. There is indoor and outdoor seating and a commentary that is conducted in various languages.We boarded the MS Prinz Eugen in the early afternoon so that we had the morning to explore Melk’s pastel colored buildings and magnificent Abbey. From Melk’s Tourist Information office the dock...Read More

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Boating
Dock at Melk or Krems
Melk, Austria

Melk Castle

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Attraction | "C is for Castle"

Melk Castle Photo, Melk, Austria
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Schallaburg is a Renaissance castle located 5km from Melk. Sporadic shuttle service is available from the train station at a cost of 2.50 euro per person one way or taxis make the 10 minute trip on demand at a rate of 15 each way.The highlight of the castle is the two story 16th century terra-cotta arcades. Mythological characters, gods, masks and other figures combine to form a whimsical but dramatic guard over the courtyard.Most of the castle’s interior is closed to visitors but the small crypt features a ceramic cross and the manneristic gardens are the best place for panoramic views of the castle. Reminiscent of gardens in Loire Valley chateaux, but on a much small scale, the gard...Read More

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Melk Castle
5 km. outside Melk
Melk, Austria

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Re Carroll

Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Schloss Schallaburg
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