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There is plenty to enjoy in Vienna, the capital of Austria; monumental buildings such as the opera house, imperial palace complex of Schonbrunn or baroque Belvedere palace and museum with countless paintings and sculptures; there are also art exhibitions, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. South of Vienna in the Danube River valley is a sacred destination, the Melk Abbey. Both the valley (Wachau) and the abbey are considered UNESCO world heritage site.

     
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1. The Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria. The facade of this 1980s residential building is the work of the Austrian artist, Hundertwasser. Worth of noting features are bright colours, curved lines and uneven surfaces. Modern art or kitsch, whatever the architects of the era considered it to be, the complex is very popular with the public.

2. The Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria. The facade of this 1980s residential building is the work of the Austrian artist, Hundertwasser. Worth of noting features are bright colours, curved lines and uneven surfaces. Modern art or kitsch, whatever the architects of the era considered it to be, the complex is very popular with the public.

3. The Hundertwasser House, Vienna, Austria. The facade of this 1980s residential building is the work of the Austrian artist, Hundertwasser. Worth of noting features are bright colours, curved lines and uneven surfaces. Modern art or kitsch, whatever the architects of the era considered it to be, the complex quickly became popular with the public.

4. Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria. The UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument since 1996, thepalace has a long history and is one of the most important complex of buildings and gardens, including the zoological garden in the country.

5. Sculpture of a crow, Melk, Austria. In the gardens of Melk Abbey there are sculptures of birds like this one.

6. Gardens of Melk Abbey, Austria. The Melk Abbey sits on the hills overlooking the Danube valley below. Here is the entry to the monastery.

7. Melk Abbey, Austria. The eastern portal (pictured) leads to the Gatekeepers Courtyard. The sculptures of angels above are the work of Lorenzo Mattielli.

8. Melk Abbey, Austria. The pictured Prelate Courtyard is of simple and elegant design. The four cornices are decorated with the statues of apostles and prophets.

9. Melk Abbey, Austria. The Melk Abbey from the east

10. The Eastern Facade, Melk Abbey, Austria. Above the portal is a replica of the Melk Cross. Other notable elements - the balcony from which the abbot greeted guests; the figures of Peter and Paul on its opposite sides, and below is the coat of arms of the abbey on a blue background.

11. Garden Pavilion, Melk Abbey, Austria. The Garden Pavilion in the abbey's part was built by Franz Munggenast and decorated with frescoes by Johann Bergl in the eighteenth century.

12. Garden Pavilion, Melk Abbey, Austria. The walls of the garden pavilion are decorated with frescos the eighteenth century muralist Johann Bergl. The artist's best know trompe l'oeil murals are those at the Melk Abbey and also in the palace of Schonbrunn in Vienna.

13. Garden Pavilion, Melk Abbey, Austria. The walls of the garden pavilion are decorated with frescos the eighteenth century muralist Johann Bergl. The artist's best know trompe l'oeil murals are those at the Melk Abbey and also in the palace of Schonbrunn in Vienna.

14. Melk, lower Austria. The Melk town as seen from the cliff on which the Abbey was built.

15. Melk Abbey, Austria. A wall surrounding the gardens.

16. Melk, Lower Austria. The Melk town as seen from the cliff on which the Abbey was built.

17. The Wachau, Austria. The pictured is the Wachau valley by the Danube River in Lower Austria. The valley is considered the UNESCO Heritage Site.

18. Luberegg, Wachau, Austria. The complex of buildings situated on the banks of the Danube River is a hotel which offers the views of the Melk Abbey and a base for trips in the Wachau Cultural Landscape (a world renowned stretch of the Danube Valley).

19. St Michael Church, Wachau, Austria. The pictured is one of the towers of St Michael Church

20. St Michael Church, Wachau, Austria. The first wooden church of St Michael was built here in the year 987 on a pagan site. What is pictured here comes from the turn of the sixteenth century. Behind the church is a small graveyard.

21. St Michael Church, Wachau, Austria. A tower of the Church of St Michael in the Lower Austria

22. St Michael Cemetery, Wachau, Austria. An old cemetery is set on the grounds of the St Michael Church in Wachau.

23. Irises, Austria. These showy flowers grew by one of the graves at the St Michael Cemetery in Wachau.

24. St Michael Church, Wachau, Austria. The first wooden church of St Michael was built here in the year 987 on a pagan site. What is pictured here comes from the turn of the sixteenth century. Behind the church is a small graveyard.

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