Vienna to Melk Abbey

Apr 25th, 2007, 04:33 AM
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Vienna to Melk Abbey

Do trains run frequently from Vienna to Melk and how far is the Abbey from the train station? We will be there in early November and according to Rick Steves' guide book the tours will only be conducted in German then. Will English guide brochures be available? Lastly, will 1/2 day be adequate time to visit the Abbey?
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Apr 25th, 2007, 06:03 AM
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Several trains each hour to Melk- some require one change .
about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours 80 + kilometers.
15 minute walk from station to Abbey - some up hill.

Rick Steves guide is not correct- tours are in english and german at 11 and 2

look to this site for information

www.stiftmelk.at

available in english

if you mention 1/2 day to tour the abbey - that is more than enough - several hoursis OK. If you mean from Vienna and back- best to think of it as a full day tour.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 08:18 AM
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When we did it, there was a "combi-ticket" available at the train depot. It gave us train fare to Melk, entrance to the abbey, boat to Krems, and train back to Melk. All for one relatively inexpensive price. The monastery there is one of the prettiest places we've seen. We took a cab from the train station to the abbey, but could have walked it. It's all uphill, though. We did walk from the abbey through town down to the boat. Have fun!
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P.S. Sorry, I meant the train all the way back to Vienna, and beginning in Vienna.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 08:28 AM
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We also did \Vienna , Melk, boat \Krems, \Vienna in one day - a very nice trip !
 
Apr 28th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Thank you all for your comments--very helpful!
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Apr 28th, 2007, 09:33 AM
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nini- your original post indicates that you travel in November.
All boat tours -Melk- krems end for the season at the end of October.
Do not consider this boat trip in your plans to visit the Abbey.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 10:08 AM
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We did the Vienna/Melk/boat to Krems. But, when we got to Krems no one could find the railroad station to go back to Vienna. We walked around for at least 1 hr. Exhausting. It was very far away form where the boat left us off.

Anyone else have this problem?
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Apr 28th, 2007, 10:17 AM
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we did, we walked to Krems (town) had a meal and some wine, and then looked for a train station.
It is a long walk from the boat to town !
 
Apr 28th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Thanks Molker for this information. We had not planned to do the boat trip. We are finding that many sights close in November as well as some small hotels. We will see Burg Eltz on October 30 and learned it closes November 1. This trip was planned around FF miles and work schedule.
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Melk Abbey is fascinating, but I quite prefer the boat ride down the Danube, however, I did this last May, which was great-lovely weather, everything in bloom, cruise and drink some great Austrian Gruener Veltliner and enjoy the scenery. However, November would not be the best time to enjoy the river cruise, I think. Tours, as mentioned are in both German and English-highly recommended-it is well worth the trip.
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