A Travellerspoint blog

May 2007

Stift Melk

A beautiful monastery at the river Donau

semi-overcast 25 °C

Two days ago, we took too long time for hiking, it made us feel very painful all over, so today, we chose sight seeing for relax.

As the weather was getting cold in the west of Austria, we decided to go to some place in the eastern half. That's why we chose Stift Melk (Melk Monastery) which is located near river Donau, right at the beginning of the beautiful Wachau Valley.

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Before going to the monastery we took lunch in a nice restaurant overlooking the river Donau.

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We ate vegetable salad...

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and fish...

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and pork with mushroom sauce.

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It tasted very deliciously!

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This was the entrance of Stift Melk.

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Here really looked like a big park, although there were many visitors coming from all over the world, it was still very quiet and clean.

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Many Austrian style souvenirs.

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Typical ancient Austian style architectures.

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The painting on the ceiling.

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The inner yard of the monastery.

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The entrance of inner monastery.

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These paintings show the last days in the life of Christ.

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The model of Stift Melk.

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The big dining room, very beautiful.

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From the top of monastery, we could see the charming sceneries aroud Stift Melk.

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also could see a small part of River Donau.

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The central church of Stift Melk from the outside.
Inside it was even more beautiful.

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This painting on the top of ceiling of the ancient library.

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One corner of the ancient library.

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The very beautiful and deep church from the inside.

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At the entrance of the souvenir shop.

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On this poster you can see how nicely Stift Melk looks from the river Donau.

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The nice park beside the monastery.

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There were many different colours roses on the road sides.

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and smelt good...

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Walking too long time, needed have a good rest.

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then continue walking...

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Posted by R and K 23:48 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Sparber

"I will die soon..."

sunny 29 °C

This was my first hiking on the second day of my coming back to Austria. It was really a crazy way, because I should have a good rest, or just took some easy and short hiking, but I did not.

The Sparber mountain was very steep, totally we took about 6 hours (4 hours for hiking), almost could not believe I could survive. When I was going down, a small part of wet road made me fall down. fortunately it was not serious.

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This hotel was just in front of the parking place, a very nice and cute hotel, many people were eating outside, and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.

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Sparber has two peaks.
This is the left, lower peak.
We climbed the higher peak on the right.

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After 2/3 regular hiking, the last 1/3 road had some special ladder ways...

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The ladder ways were not difficult, and also not very steep...

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On the 3/4 part of Sparber mountain, we already could see nice view of the beautiful Wolfgangsee...

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Sitting on the top of Sparber mountain, the sunlight was very strong, so we had to apply more sun block lotion...

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On top we had a nice view down on beautiful Wolfgangsee.

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This was the thunderstorm clouds, according to the weather forecast, today might have thunderstorm, but actually did not!

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On the way of going down the mountain, we saw many goats. This one looked very old, but it was strange that how it could reach the top of the house, because there was not any ladder around the house. My honey told me maybe it had good jumping talent, hehe...

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Posted by R and K 08:06 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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