Stift Melk, Abbey – TOP excursion destination in the Wachau

Excursion tip and landmark of the Wachau

The Benedictine Abbey Melk Abbey, formerly also called Stift Mölk, is the landmark of the city of Melk and also one of the landmarks of the Wachau. The baroque building that can be seen today was built in the years 1702-1746 by Jakob Prandtauer and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

auf einem Felsen thront das Stift Melk
monastery Melk © KWi

The extensive grounds and the historic buildings are today one of the most important sights in Lower Austria and therefore also one of the TOP excursion destinations. In the monastery building there is also a collegiate grammar school with 900 pupils.

Excursion destination Melk Abbey

The visit to the monastery is possible from April to October with or without guidance. In the months of November to the end of March only in the context of a guided tour.

Recommended time of stay: around 2.5 hours
Guided tour: around 1 hour
Recommended visit time for Stiftspark and Bastion (May – Oct): around 1 hour

360 degree view of the terrace:

Stift Melk – Excursion tip

The generous parking lot is best reached via the Melker bypass, from where you can join the roundabout in the Stiftsstraße. Thus, it is not necessary to drive into the center of Melk. The parking lot has enough free parking.

Via a beautiful staircase or on a straight stretch, or via the lift you come to the straight level. Continue to the monastery restaurant which is open daily and especially in the summer also allows a refreshing break. Then you come to the information center and ticket office of the monastery.

Arrival and location

Address: Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Straße 1, 3390 Melk

More information about the Benedictine monastery.