Monastery on the Danube

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Crazy mirror room with sparkly objects

We took the train from Vienna to Melk where Michele wanted to see the Abbey.  We stowed our bags in the lockers in the train station and wandered down the hill to the town.  We were each given an Easter Egg when we passed through the Pedestrain Zone (remember Easter was coming this weekend).  We worked our way up to the Abbey.  We were under the impresison that you could only take and English guided tour today at 11 am or 2 pm, since it was the off season.  We got there in time for the 11 am tour, but found out we could do a self tour instead.  We chose that, since we had a tight schedule today and didn't know how long the tour would be. 

The Abbey had a nice museum, but most descriptions were in German.

Marble Room Ceiling fresco
  I liked the mirror room where the reflections of the gold objects seemed to go on forever.  I also really like the fresco in the Marble Room - I think it was related to the Hapsburgs or something.  I can't remember, but I liked it.  I also liked the library - tons of old volumes of books completely filling the shelves.  An old globe from the 17th century showed California as an island!  I could also see the outline of a hidden door in a bookshelf.  Cool!  I wonder where it goes?  The view over the Danube Valley wasn't as spectacular as I was expecting it to be.  But the tour ended in a beautiful Baroque church.  A couple of skeletons in crypts were a bit creepy, they didn't quite seem to fit in.

Before we caught the train, we stopped in a little store and got sandwhiches.  Michele stuck with the tried and true salami and cheese.  I got an interesting looking lump of meat.  The man ahead of me ordered it from the heated case and it smelled good, even though I couldn't identify it.  I asked for a slice of cheese on it, but instead she explained you could get a piece with cheese IN it.  And it was delicious.  I later learned it was leberkase - Mmmmmm.  So back to the train and onward.

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Crazy mirror room with sparkly obj…
Crazy mirror room with sparkly ob…
Marble Room Ceiling fresco
Marble Room Ceiling fresco
Marble Room
Marble Room
one of the sparkly things in the m…
one of the sparkly things in the …
Danube Valley
Danube Valley
the library
the library
17th Century Globe (California is …
17th Century Globe (California is…
Secret door in book case
Secret door in book case
The church
The church
Ceiling of church
Ceiling of church
Courtyard
Courtyard
Melk Abbey
Melk Abbey
Melk Sights & Attractions review
Nice side trip from Vienna
The Abbey in Melk sits up on rock overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube Valley. The monastery dates back to about 1089 but the current building… read entire review
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