down the Danube from Linz to Vienna, we stopped at the town of Melk
to visit Melk Abbey. This 900 year old Baroque structure has been
wonderfully restored and was one of the most ornate buildings we
visited. It was originally a Roman border post but in 1089 became
a Benedictine monastery.
The multi-storied library includes more than 70,000 books and 2,000
manuscripts, mostly from the 9th-15th centuries. The oldest manuscript
is over 1200 years old. The church is done in baroque style with
lots of gold and frescoed ceilings. Currently 30 monks live in the
monastery. Part of the abbey is a museum and part is a school.
To view more photos of Melk and the Melk Abbey, visit the Melk
Melk is the start of the Wachau Valley area of the Danube. The
Wachau region is noted for their wine production. Following our
tour of the abbey, we went to a local restaurant for a wine tasting
and were entertained by a local musician who played Austrian songs
on an accordian.
We then got back on our ship and cruised through the Wachau Valley,
past picturesque villages, castle ruins and terraced hillsides of
vineyards. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperative as the
fog and overcast conditions made it difficult to get decent photos.
To view more photos from our cruise through the
Wachau Valley, visit the Wachau
Valley Photo Gallery.
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