Melk is a small riverside town (pop. ~5,000) on south bank of the Danube River in the Wachau Valley of Lower Austria. Melk marks the western terminus of the Wachau (86km west of Vienna) and lies upstream (40km west) from Krems.


Get in

By rail

By car

Use the A1 Westautobahn motorway and take the exit Melk. Melk-Wien: 85 km.

Get around

Walking the small historic town center (of mainly 16th-17th century buildings) is easy; takes about 10 minutes to traverse it. The famous and huge 18th century Benetictine Abbey on top of a bluff forms a northern Baroque backdrop for the older town center and is accessed on its eastern side.



Melk Benedectine Abbey
Melk Abbey Library (Bibliothek)
Stadtmuseum Melk, in the former post office
Courtyard of Schallaburg Castle




Go next

Wallfahrtskirche Maria Taferl
Artstetten Castle

The following sights are all within a 20km radius of Melk.

Routes through Melk

Salzburg Amstetten  W  E  St. Pölten Vienna
Linz Amstetten  W  E  Vienna END
Linz Ybbs  W  N  Krems becomes

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