Melk and a Taste of Austria!

Today was wonderful...but our evening aboard Viking Lofn was spectacular.

Today was wonderful…but our evening aboard Viking Lofn was spectacular. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This morning, Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn arrived in Melk, Austria as our 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest enters the home stretch. Actually, we’re not in Melk at all – but across the river in Emmersdorf. The realities of river cruising in the summertime: you may not always be docked right in town.

Of course, the thing to do in Melk is to take part in Viking’s tour of the imposing Melk Abbey, the canary-yellow superstructure of which lords over the town of Melk like a king surveying his fiefdom.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: The imposing Melk Abbey lords over the town of Melk. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The imposing Melk Abbey lords over the town of Melk. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

I think it’s worth mentioning at this point how well Viking organizes their tours; everything about the experience is highly-polished, from the crew members who hand out bottled water and maps to guests as they disembark, to the way coaches are organized and groups are split into regular and gentle “leisure” walkers.

In the case of Melk Abbey, Program Director Henrieta even knows how many steps you’ll have to descend in order to reach the Abbey from the coach parking lot: 65. Nothing strenuous if you’re active; problematic if you’ve got mobility issues.

Exploring Melk Abbey is like stepping back in time. I've been here many times - yet I never tire of visiting. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Exploring Melk Abbey is like stepping back in time. I’ve been here many times – yet I never tire of visiting. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

 

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