Stift Melk - UNESCO-Welterbe

Abbey Visit

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During a guided tour your group learns more about Melk abbey’s history and present. The tour starts in the
Prelate’s Courtyard. Then guests see the Imperial Staircase and the Imperial Corridor.
The abbey museum with the exhibition “The Path from Yesterday to Today” shows, with the help of art objects from the abbey treasury and library in combination with contemporary multi-media means, the abbey’s historical significance and its current tasks. The Baroque Marble Hall, the former dining hall for imperial guests is the last room you visit in the Imperial Wing. The next part of the tour is the balcony with its excellent view of the Danube valley, the town of Melk and the Western façade of the abbey church.
The Baroque library leaves a lasting impression because of its harmonious and detailed architecture. The manuscripts and incunabula in the middle showcase bespeak the importance of Melk abbey library then and now. This is the end of the guided tour. Melk abbey church is the crowning point of the visit. You see it individually after the guided tour.

Visits / individuals travelers

Visit of Melk abbey with English guided tour:

  • May to September: daily at 10.55 am / 2.00 pm / 2.55 pm
  • April / October: daily at 10.55 am / 2.55 pm
  • November to March: daily at 11.00 am / 2.00 pm

The guided visit includes the Imperial Staircase, the Imperial Corridor, the abbey museum “The Path from Yesterday to Today” in the former Imperial Rooms, the Marble Hall, the balcony and the library. At the end of the visit you see the abbey church, a High Baroque masterpiece, without guided tour (main season; in the winter the abbey church is part of the guided tour).

Duration: approx. 50 minutes (main season) / approx. 60 minutes (winter season, incl. church)

The ticket for the abbey visit also includes the entrance to the abbey park with the Baroque garden pavilion (May to October) and the Northern Bastion with the Wachau Lab (open year-round; the panoramic terrace can be closed in case of dangerous weather conditions).

Tickets are available in the ticket office in the first abbey courtyard on the left (March to December) or in the Northern bastion (January and February).

TIP: The abbey park and the Northern bastion can be visited before or after the guided tour of the abbey.

Visit of Melk abbey without guided tour:

  • April to October, daily from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last admission at 5.00 pm)
  • From November to March, the visit is only possible with a guided tour at 11.00 am or at 2.00 pm.

The visit without guided tour includes the Imperial Staircase, the Imperial Corridor, the abbey museum “The Path from Yesterday to Today” in the former Imperial Rooms, the Marble Hall, the balcony, the library and the abbey church.

The ticket for the abbey visit without guided tour also includes the entrance to the abbey park with the Baroque garden pavilion (May to October) and the Northern Bastion with the Wachau Lab (open year-round, the panoramic terrace can be closed in case of dangerous weather conditions).

English room descriptions and object descriptions can be found in the exhibition rooms. Guide books in many languages are available in our gift shops.

Tickets are available in the ticket office in the first abbey courtyard on the left (March to December) or in the Northern bastion (January and February).

TIP: On some days the museum can be crowded due to guided visits for groups. We recommend the interior visit around midday or in the afternoon. The abbey park and the Northern bastion can be also visited before the interior visit of the abbey.

The minimum time we recommend for the whole abbey visit is 2.5 hours (May to October).