Melk Abbey is one of the biggest and most beautiful European Baroque ensembles. Its splendid architecture is famous worldwide and part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage. The Baroque building situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river, in the Wachau region, ranks as one of Austria’s most visited art-historical sites.
Since its founding in 1089, Benedictine monks have continually been living and working in Melk Abbey. Following the rules laid down by St. Benedict, they try to translate into action the words ORA et LABORA et LEGE (pray and work and learn) by working in pastoral care and education (Melk Abbey Secondary School) as well as organizing culture events. The school caters to nearly 900 pupils of both sexes.