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One of the most impressive sights in all Austria, the abbey of Melk is best approached in mid- to late afternoon, when the setting sun ignites the abbey's ornate baroque yellow facade. As you head eastward paralleling the Danube, the abbey, shining on its promontory above the river, comes into view. It easily overshadows the town, but remember that the riverside village of Melk itself is
worth exploring. A self-guided tour (in English, from the tourist office) will point you toward the highlights and the best spots from which to photograph the abbey.
The Weinstrasse brings you to the serenely elegant spa town of Baden. Since antiquity, Baden's sulfuric thermal baths have attracted the ailing...