Perched on a bluff over the Danube 50 mi/75 km west of Vienna, Melk, Austria, is most famous for its incredibly ornate Benedictine abbey (it provided inspiration for Umberto Eco's best-selling novel The Name of the Rose
). The abbey has a beautiful baroque library (the decorative cherubs almost outnumber the books) and 365 windows, one for every day of the year.
The ruins of 12th-century Aggstein Castle, 10 mi/16 km north of town, can be seen high atop a steep cliff. Just north of Melk... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.