Tips for booking a Melk hotel

Cheapest month:February
Most expensive month:November
Average price in Melk:R1 311/night
Absolute cheapest price found:R440/night
Cheapest day:Friday
Most expensive day:Monday
R579 - R2 064
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
R965 - R1 430
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

About Melk

With its towering Benedictine Abbey set high above the valley, Melk offers visitors soaring first impressions. Its cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, museums and shops which make it a popular destination year-round. The old town still retains many of its original historic buildings, including an ambient abbey tavern dating back to 1736.

Offering a picturesque backdrop, the town is located at the point where the River Danube flows into the Wachau Valley. A pretty stretch of woodland separates the town from the river, which gives Melk a secluded, almost magical feel. Couple this with the magnificent baroque architecture of the Abbey and Melk is nothing short of an Austrian fairy-tale town.

Melk is an easy day trip from Vienna, with both the drive and the train journey taking just over an hour. For those with a little more time, Melk is just 6-kilometres from the Renaissance-era Schloss Schallaburg castle. Strolling through Melk is the best way to soak up its ambience, though renting a bicycle is also a popular way to explore this chocolate-box town.

As an ancient settlement, Melk’s history dates back to the year 831. Its name is derived from the Slavic word for "border", which is likely a reference to its peripheral position on both the River Danube and the Wachau Valley.