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Melk Cruises

Dominated by its charming hilltop Abbey, Melk offers a window into old world Austria with its cobbled town centre and rural setting. This picturesque town is positioned in the heart of the Wachau Valley, with nearby attractions including the Renaissance-era Schallaburg Castle. Melk is a year-round destination - the castle grounds host a Christmas market in the winter, while in the summer the town springs to life with floral displays and outdoor cafes. The Abbey alone is worth a visit, with its onsite restaurant housed in a former orangery providing a welcome pitstop from sightseeing.



You can walk around the historic town centre in roughly ten minutes, but if you want to get out and about to explore the surrounding countryside there are also bicycles for hire. You’ll be able to tour the Wachau Valley, admiring the scenery at your own leisure.

The Jauerling Wachau Nature Park is located just twenty minutes outside of central Melk, offering charming woodland, rolling vineyards and sparkling waterways. You’ll be able to choose from a range of different hiking trails, so you’re sure to find a walk to suit your free time and fitness level.

One of the prime highlights of any trip to Melk is its Benedictine Abbey, sitting atop a bluff and giving way to views of the Danube River and town centre. Don’t miss a tour through its interiors, particularly the impressive Marble Hall with its red marble pilasters and painted ceilings. The library is another show-stopper with its 80,000 books and lofty atmosphere. Outdoors, relax in the Abbey Park and Baroque Garden Pavilion to soak in the fresh air.

Learn more about the history of the accordion in Melk’s quirky little Accordion Museum. The instrument was invented in Vienna, and you can view some truly unique original designs in the museum with the oldest on show dating back to 1860.

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