When I got off the train in Melk and walked down the hill, the enormous size of the Melk Abbey directly in front of me was almost unbelievable! Absolutely stunning!
Melk is a somewhat quiet, beautiful town located on the Danube River ... and a favorite bicyclist's stop. The entire Wachau Valley is well know for their apricots ..... so any and everything made from apricots is available for sale.
The Melk Abbey is very active with Monks and students ... and lots of tourists. The grounds and good-size forest were exquisite with beautiful meditation areas everywhere. I even found a "hidden" glass garden ... the Reflection Garden ... which was my favorite spot at the Melk Abbey. The ground covering was small, smooth pieces of green glass. Hmmm ... that's a lot of wine bottles ....
After spending most of the day walking the grounds of the Melk Abbey I strolled back down the hill on a variety of well-kept pathways and had a delicious dinner in town.
The next day I caught a bus and rode along the Danube River to Krems and had lunch. Beautiful scenery and hillside vineyards everywhere. The Wachau Valley was a pleasant stop-over.
I followed Rick Steves advice from his Vienna guidebook and stayed at Hotel Stadt Melk located directly under the famous Melk Abbey.
It was a very clean, quietly run hotel centrally located on the town's main square ... your hosts are Maximilian and Anne
The price was "Moderate - $$ - in RS Vienna guidebook.