Things to do in the region Wachau?
Melk Benedictine Monastery lies at the northern banks of the river Danube only a few kilometres from Emmersdorf at the south banks. It is the landmark of the town of Melk and the top sight of Wachau. Not only is it home to the Benedictines, but it is also home to Melk secondary school, the oldest school in Austria. This baroque building was designed and constructed by Jakob Prandtauer at the beginning of the 18th century, but its history reaches as far back as the Roman times. Get to know more about the history of the monastery on a guided tour. Explore the splendid Marble Room, the impressive library, the baroque church, the ceiling fresco by Paul Troger and lots more. The Melk Crucifix is the most sacred item of the monastery. This crucifix is adorned with gold and jewels and contains a relic: a chip of the cross of Jesus Christ. Do not miss to visit the monastery garden.
In good weather visit the old town of Melk, also part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The statue of the holy Koloman can be found in front of the town hall, it was a present of abbot Berthold Dietmayr to the town in 1722 as the statue did not fit the baroque style of the monastery anymore. The cupola of the old post office and its decorated facade make this building one the most beautiful post offices in Austria. It also accommodates the Melk Town Museum on the ground floor.
Four themed tours lead visitors through the town. The golden steps lead from Kolomanibrunnen to the monastery via Sechsergasse. The blue wave presents the most beautiful spots from the Danube to the town centre. The green trail starts at the town gate and runs to the town park. The red thread is a historic loop trail through the town and leads on 1 1/2km to thirty sights and past 500 years of history.
Lower Austria and the region of Wachau is worth exploring: Aggstein Castle at Schönbühel-Aggsbach, Dürnstein Castle - the place where Richard Lionheart was kept prisoner - or Rossatz-Arnsdorf, home of the famous Wachau apricot.