Spend the day in the heart of the Wachau Valley. Choose to visit the imposing Melk Abbey and library, or spend a day in the idyllic village of Weissenkirchen, named after the white church dominating the landscape. Stroll through the town flanked by vineyard-covered hills, beautiful courtyards and historic houses before a hike through the area’s most picturesque vineyards. Rebuilt in the early 18th century and resembling a grand palace, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Melk Abbey was once the greatest centre of learning in Central Europe. As well as its spectacular setting with views over the verdant Wachau Valley below, marvel at its stunning architecture, opulently gilded and frescoed interiors and extraordinary library with over 100,000 volumes, of which some 80,000 were printed before the 19th century.
Featured Excursion: ‘Let’s Go’ vineyard hike.
Choice of excursions: Weissenkirchen ‘Village Day’ with wine tasting, or Melk Abbey with library visit.