The small, quaint Austrian city of Melk lies along the banks of the beautiful Danube river, near the Wachau Valley. So small it takes around 15 minutes to cross from one end of town to the other. With a population of just under six thousand citizens, life is laid back here, making it an ideal port of call on any river cruise.
Melk’s history as a marketplace dates back to 1227, and because of this early trade, the town boasts some incredible architectural examples that are representative of many different periods throughout history. One of the more famous structures is the imposing Stift Melk, an impressive Benedictine monastery perched high atop a hill overlooking the Danube and your river cruise ship.