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Melk at a Glance

The Lower Austrian city of Melk is situated along the Danube River and has been a town since before 800 A.D. The city used to be a border region between the Maygyars and the Bavarians and derives its name from the Slavic word for border. Melk is most famous for its baroque benedictine monastery, which sits perched on a bluff above the city and the Danube. 

Melk's monastery is its main tourist attraction. During the summer guided and unguided tours are possible. You could spend the whole day exploring the many rooms, the gilded staircases and the opulent gardens of this giant structure. For other activities, head to the region around Melk known as the Wachau Valley. Walk, drive or take the train through the valley's vineyards, villages and fortresses. Set up a picnic along the Danube, or visit a vineyard for a wine tasting. You'll be charmed by the mash-up of history and nature. 

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May - November
Low Season
December - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Vienna International Airport
      • Major Airport Linz Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can learn more about traveling in Austria by using the U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Bahnhof Melk
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Winter weather can delay planes, trains and automobiles. Be careful when driving during winter storms. 

      Safety Concerns: Use normal safety and security precautions while in Melk. Keep valuables out of sight and avoid dark, deserted places at night. 

      Health Concerns: Melk and its surroundings have good drinking water. Hikers and campers should purify all mountain water.