From Melk Abbey town on the Danube
This is largely due to the Abbey, a former palace which dominates the small but perfectly-formed town from its rocky bluff. Napoleon strutted his stuff here and the Kaisergang or Emperor's Gallery, a corridor in the Abbey is lined with portraits of the Austrian nobility crushed beneath his heel. The highlight of the Abbey however is its baroque church, a controlled chaos of lushly embellished marble and frescoes, simply drenched in gold. But a close second is the Marmorsaal, or Marble banqueting hall, a magnificent baroque riot of marbled pillars – look out for the gold bewigged caryatids! - and frescoed ceiling by Paul Troger which seems to soar upward vertiginously into infinity. A similarly vertiginous effect is experienced on the tightly circular marble convolutions of the Abbey library stairwell, where you can appreciate why Umberto Eco researched his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose here. While the Abbey cannot – shouldn't – be avoided, the town itself is a delightful place to recover from its profusion of historical and architectural wealth.
Via Stop to discover these sights
To Lake Bled Storybook landscape among the Alps
The glacial lake is located in the Julian Alps in Northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. This beautiful emerald-green lake has been ranked many times as one of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world. A 17th-century Baroque church sits on a small fairytale island in the middle of the lake, giving it a truly magnificent view. A pleasant 6-kilometer walk around the lake can be completed in about an hour for a magnificent look into this picture-perfect destination.
Private transfer from Melk to Lake Bled with a local, English-speaking driver.
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