Melk, Austria was our next stop on our Danube cruise. We had a relaxing start to our day since we only had one excursion scheduled and it was to visit The Melk Abbey. We had a leisurely breakfast and had time to sit at the lounge and watch the scenery around us.
Melk Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey that was donated by The House of Babenberg to the monks. It sits high above, overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River. The Abbey, fortunately, avoided dissolution through the wars and continued to survive. The abbey is also a Secondary and Preparatory School.
Our guided tour was very informative. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed to be taken and so I have none to share. But if you do a quick Google search of Melk Abbey, you’ll see how magnificent it is. We were led through the renovated rooms. But my favorite part was the library. I just love the smell of old books. I know, weird! Most of the books were from 15th, 16th and 17th century. But the monks changed the bindings in the 18th century to look the same. I really wish I had pictures to share. Thanks to Google you still can see it. And it will be more amazing than I could ever describe it. The guided tour eventually led to the Melk Abbey Church. At first glance, you may be blinded by how its glowing in gold. But don’t be fooled because it is only painted in gold leaf. Still very pretty!
We opted on walking through the town to the boat instead of riding the shuttle back to the dock. It was an easy 20-minute walk. The guide gave us a map that has clear directions to where the boat was docked. We were glad we decided to walk because the town was so pretty. Unfortunately the shops and market were closed. But it still made for a leisurely stroll. We stopped to take pictures outside of the Gothic Parish Church of Melk and continued on to our “home”.
There were a few people enjoying the walk with us. When we got back We had the rest of the day to ourselves in the ship. And if I didn’t tell you yet, Amawaterways always had snacks and drinks waiting for us when we come back from our excursions.
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