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Getting there & away

Boats leave from the canal by Pionierstrasse, 400m north of the abbey. Almost hourly trains travel direct to Melk from Vienna’s Westbahnhof (€15.50, 1¼ hours). To get to Schloss Schallaburg from Melk, Taxi Türke (523 16) runs a minibus from the Melk train station (€4 one way, leaving 10.25am, 1.15pm and 4pm daily). You might be able to negotiate other trips between runs, but expect to pay about €1 per kilometre (the going rate in summer for a driver).

Wachau Touristik Bernhardt (02713-2222; office@wachau-touristik.at; Laaben 1a in Spitz; €12 per day) rents out bicycles from the ferry station in Melk and from the train station in Spitz. Book ahead.