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entrance to the monastery
Melk was to be our last, most western, stop along the valley.

Melk (nothing to do with Milk), unlike the previous towns, is on the southern bank of the
Danube.

Its distinguishing feature is the ginormous Melk Monastery (Stifft Melk). This is actually a number of huge buildings as well as an enormous surrounding garden area. The monastery is several hundred years, dating back to the 900's. However the manificent baroque church and monastery that are currently standing are from the 1700’s. The monastery now poses as a museum and houses some very interesting, valuable and ancient church artifacts. The library is something out of an Indiana Jones movie and the church is also extremely ornate and beautiful. The whole monastery is situated on a clifftop hill overlooking the
Danube and the surrounding areas.

The surrounding gardens have a swimming pool and numerous recreational facilities. It was a very pleasant visit and the adjoining café serves very good coffee and cakes.

Thus ended out delightful sojourn into the Wachau and I am thoroughly looking forward to a return visit!
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entrance to the monastery
entrance to the monastery
the outside of the cathedral
the outside of the cathedral
Indiana Jones would love this libr…
Indiana Jones would love this lib…
a delightful staircase
a delightful staircase
the cathedral - with wedding!
the cathedral - with wedding!
Melk
photo by: Jeroenadmiraal