High on a rocky outcrop lies the Melk Abbey, one of Europe’s most revered monasteries and most beautiful Baroque architectural assembly. Times Journeys will spend a memorable afternoon at this magnificent Benedictine Abbey, which now houses a museum chronicling its history and a famous library with countless medieval manuscripts.
Melk Abbey is a monastery that has now existed within an uninterrupted tradition for over 900 years. Since In 1089 the Babenberg Margrave Leopold II brought Benedictine monks into his fortress where the abbey now stands. Since then, the Benedictines have lived on the site under the credo “ORA et LABORA et LEGE — PRAY, WORK, LEARN” while exhorting themselves to “never stop beginning”.
Learn about the history, architecture, and place of Melk Abbey in the Wachau cultural landscape. Whether you find the incredibly ornate church interior thrilling, or prefer quiet moments viewing the Danube panorama from the Abbey terrace, we think you’ll find your Melk visit unique and fulfilling.