This charming Austrian city on the Danube River lies halfway between Vienna and Linz. Perched up on a hilltop overlooking the city is the famous Melk Abbey, the current incarnation of a spiritual centre dating back more than 1,000 years. One of the most well known Monastic sites of the world, it has a great reputation as a centre for education as well as religious activity, and is home to a collection of ancient manuscripts that date back to the 12th century.
How to Get Around
Melk is a small, quaint and compact city, so it is easy to get around on foot. Walking tours are offered by the tourist offices in town and are suitable for all fitness levels.
To reach further inland a local taxi is the best option, however as there are few taxis operating in Melk it is recommended to book in advance.
Bicycles are available for rental through Nextbike, which has a number of locations around Melk. You will need to register in advance to use this service, but once you have it is user-friendly and inexpensive. Bike hire costs 1 euro per hour, with a maximum cost of 8 euros per day.
- Currency - the currency in Melk is the Euro (EUR). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and 1 and 2 euro denominations. Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros.
- Time Zone - Melk uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). From April to October the city uses Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is 2 hours ahead (UTC+2).
- Weather - Melk experiences a cool to mild climate, with average daily temperatures ranging from -1 degree Celsius in January to 19 degrees Celsius in July.
- Melk Abbey - operating in various forms for 1,000 years, Melk Abbey is an ornate Baroque-style structure that dominates the city skyline and offers spectacular views of the Danube River. Housing a large collection of ancient manuscripts and religious paintings and artefacts, it is one of the best-known monastic sites in the world and a leading centre of spirituality in the region.
- Haus em Stein - literally translated as ‘House at the Rock’ this vine-covered dwelling is the oldest building in Melk. If it looks somewhat precarious, it’s probably because its construction dates back to the 15th century. The Haus em Stein is a popular stop on the city walking tour.
- Schallaburg Castle - aAccessible from Melk by train and shuttle, this historic castle is one of the oldest residential buildings in all of Austria. Adding to its exhibitions and history is a remarkable design feature; more than 1,600 terracotta sculptures and reliefs decorate the castle.
- A Bike Ride - hitting the banks of the Danube River on a bike is an extraordinary way to enjoy the green space and open air of the Wachau Valley. Tourist kiosks have maps with designated cycling routes, and bikes are available for hire in various locations around town.