With its soaring domes and Baroque flourishes, Melk Abbey occupies a grand position on a bluff overlooking the Danube. It’s long been a center of learning, famous for its 100,000-volume library, where Umberto Eco researched his novel The Name of the Rose
. The trompe l’oeil ceiling paintings in the library and in the Marble Hall give the illusion of ridiculous height. The old town, formerly an important market center in Austria
, is full of architectural charm and its narrow lanes and sunny squares invite exploration. After a day out, it’s a treat to return to the Crystal Mozart
for included meals of regional specialties; unlimited champagne, wine, and spirits; and your suite with a butler at your service.