Schiff der Brander Schiffahrt, Stift Melk, Schiff der DDSG


Train. Ship. Melk Abbey

The Benedictine monastery of Melk was founded in 1089. It is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles. Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.

The abbey museum with its exhibition “The Path from Yesterday to Today” informs about the monastery’s history and present-day situation. Special highlights are the Marble Hall and the library with frescoes by Paul Troger, the balcony with its beautiful view of the Danube valley and the world-famous abbey church with frescoes by Johann M. Rottmayr.

After a tour of the monastery, visitors are welcome to rest and stay for a while in the abbey park. Special attractions are e.g. a garden designed according to plans by Walahfrid Strabo, who was the abbot of the monastery of Reichenau in the 9th century, and the so-called “Jardin méditerranéen”. The Baroque garden pavilion with frescoes by J. W. Bergl provides the opportunity to sit down and have a cup of coffee. Open May to October, daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

In the baroque northern bastion guests find an exhibition area, a large gift shop and a roof terrace with a great panoramic view onto the abbey grounds and the surrounding areas.


  • ÖBB rail travel 2nd class from Vienna and back
  • Ship fare from Melk to Krems or vice versa (BRANDNER Schiffahrt or DDSG Blue Danube)
  • Entrance to Melk Abbey (without guided tour, surcharge on the site € 3,- per person)

per person from € 58,-


ÖBB Rail Tours-Tip

The Wachau is also a landmark for its excellent wines. Enjoy a small wine tasting on board during the cruise.

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