Melk

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Introduction

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

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Melk is a little town in the region of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), that lies on the bank of the river Danube. Melk is famous for the abbey that was founded here in 1089.

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Sights and Activities

Stift Melk

The most famous sight is abvious the abbey: Stift Melk. The abbey can be visited and has guided tours. These are mainly in German, but in the summerseason, there are also tours in English, French and Italian. In 2011 a new part of the abbey will be opened for the public.

The old town

A visit to the old town of Melk is like going back to the past. Many of the buildings in the old town are restored. Along the Sterngasse, you will find the oldest part, as this once used to be the main road.

Schallaburg Renaissance Castle

Five kilometres from Melk lies Schloss Schallaburg. It is an old castle dating back to the middle ages, and it is largely unchanged since 1572, when the Lose Steiner dynasty established a manor for themselves that was modeled on an Italian palazzo. Nowadays the castle is famous for its gardens, and the exhibitions staged there.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest international airport is the airport of Vienna: Vienna International Airport (VIE) It is the main hub of Austrian Airlines and services flights from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Dozens of airlines use the airport. Some of the main places served include Moscow, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Athens, Istanbul, Dublin, Riga, Berlin, Malta, Montreal, Toronto, Amman, Astana, Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing, New York, Washington, D.C., Tehran, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai, Seoul, Doha, Jeddah and Kiev.

By Train

Check the website of ÖBB (Österreiche Bundesbahn) for more information and timetables.

By Car

Melk lies on the A1 West Autobahn, that runs from Salzburg, via Linz, to Vienna.

By Boat

From mid April until early October there are regular boats through the Wachau from Melk to Krems with stops in Emmersdorf, Spiez, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein bei Brandner and DDSG.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Walking the small historic town centre (of mainly 16th-17th century buildings) is easy; takes about 10 minutes to traverse it. The famous and huge 18th century Benetictine Abbey on top of a bluff forms a northern Baroque backdrop for the older town center and is accessed on its eastern side.

By Bike

  • Nextbike (bicycle rental), ☎ +43 2742 22 99 01 (hotline). After registration (online or by mobile), pick up a bicycle at any Nextbike location, and drop the bicycle off at the same or any other Nextbike spot. A map of pickup and drop-off points can be found here (click 'Wachau' for Melk); a brochure with map is available for download. €1/hr, €10/day.

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Eat

  • Hotel Restaurant zur Post, Linzer Straße 1, ☎ +43 2752 523 45, fax: +43 2752 523 45 - 50, e-mail: info@post-melk.at. Daily 11:30-14:30, 18:00-21:30.
  • Hotel Restaurant Stadt Melk, Hauptplatz 1, ☎ +43 2752 52475, e-mail: office@hotelstadtmelk.at. W-Su 11:30-14:30 18:00-20:30. A well-established restaurant. Reservations can be made online.
  • Stiftrestaurant Melk, Abt-Berthold-Dietmayrstrasse 3 (near the entrance to the Abbey), ☎ +43 2752 52 555, fax: +43 2752 54 444, e-mail: restaurant@stift-melk.com. Apr-Oct daily 09:00-18:00, Nov-Mar daily 10:00-15:30; closed 23-25 Dec. Operated by the Melk Abbey. Main courses €8-€13.

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Sleep

  • Hotel zur Post, Linzer Straße 1, ☎ +43 2752 523 45, e-mail: info@post-melk.at. Check-in: 15:00-22:00, check-out: 07:30-11:00. Nonsmoking throughout the hotel, free Wi-Fi, pets accepted. A bar-restaurant is onsite. €65+ (singles), €114 (doubles); prices include breakfast.
  • Hotel Stadt Melk, Hauptplatz 1, ☎ +43 2752 52475, e-mail: office@hotelstadtmelk.at. Check-in: 13:00-23:30, check-out: 07:00-11:30. Nonsmoking throughout the hotel, free Wi-Fi, pets accepted. A bar-restaurant is onsite. €45+ (singles), €74+ (doubles).
  • Gasthof Goldener Stern, Sterngasse 17, ☎ +43 2752 52214, e-mail: goldenerstern.melk@aon.at. A family-run hotel, in a 15th-century house. Has an onsite restaurant.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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Quick Facts

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Population
5,232
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 48.227289
  • Longitude: 15.331399

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