Melk Abbey Monastery — 5 Things You Definitely Need To See

Melk Abbey is one of the world’s most famous monasteries. We recently visited the abbey on a Danube River Cruise with Gate 1 Travel. If you’re planning a trip to Austria and thinking about visiting Melk Abbey, here are 5 things you definitely need to see at the abbey:

Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey

We spent the afternoon exploring and admiring the architecture of this gorgeous building with postcard-perfect views over the Austrian town of Melk. Scroll down to see the pink infinity staircase in the abbey!! It is one of the most beautiful staircases I have ever seen.

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Melk Abbey

1. Prelate’s Courtyard

This was one of our first views as we entered the abbey.

View from Melk Abbey

2. View from Melk Abbey

The abbey had panoramic views over the Austrian town of Melk.

Melk Abbey

From the balcony, you could also turn around for a closer look at the abbey’s ornate facade.

Melk Abbey

3. The Pink Staircase at Melk Abbey

How beautiful is this marbled spiral staircase connecting the church and the library?? This was our view at the top of the staircase.

Pink Staircase at Melk Abbey
But this is the view from the bottom looking back up!!

Melk AbbeyPhoto via Stephanie

How amazing is this pink staircase?? It is truly a work of art!

Baroque Garden Pavilion at Melk Abbey

4. Baroque Garden Pavilion

If you’re visiting the abbey, don’t miss the Baroque Garden Pavilion.

Melk Abbey

The inside is a little cafe where you can stop for a snack or a drink. The delicate pink and gold frescos reminded me of an English tea room.

Melk Austria

5. Explore the town of Melk

After exploring the abbey, we walked down the hill through the town of Melk.

Catholic church in Melk Austria

Catholic church in Melk Austria

Melk AbbeyPhoto via Stephanie

This was our final view of the abbey as we walked back to our Gate 1 Travel cruise ship.


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Melk Abbey

Melk Abbey