Visitor service

Opening times

The visit of Melk concentration camp memorial is possible every day.
Upon presentation of a valid photo ID you get the key at the entrance of the Melk barracks: "Freiherr Karl von Birago Pionierkaserne", Prinzlstrasse 22.

For guided visits and further information please contact Mr. Christian Rabl (by telephone +43 676 7336400 or e-mail christian.rabl@melk-memorial.org )

Guided visits

Guided visits in the memorial by our qualified guides are possible (in German language) for different target groups (students from 14 years on, apprentices, associations, political interest groups, enterprises, etc.). To offer the best tour for your individual needs, it is necessary to make a prior reservation – by e-mail or by phone. Please note that while there is no minimum number of guests, the group should not have more than 25 persons. For larger groups we try to provide additional guides.

Depending on your time budget, we offer different variations of the guided visit:

Visit of the memorial

Visit of the memorial with the exhibition and the piety zone in the former crematorium.

Duration: approx. 45 – 60 minutes

Visit of prisoners' quarters and memorial

Visit of the first prisoners’ quarters in the so-called Object X where historical traces of the Nazi era can still be found, of the areas of the former concentration camp which are now situated in the Birago barracks as well as a visit of the memorial.

Duration: approx. 1,5 hours

Visit of various points of interest in Melk

Visit of various points of interest in the context of Melk concentration camp’s history:

  • Dr. Josef-Sora-Platz (near the parish church)
  • Melk train station
  • Birago barracks with Object X
  • Melk memorial 

    Duration: approx. 2 hours
Combination of a visit of Melk Memorial and Museum "ERLAUF REMEMBERS"

Combination of a visit of the Melk Concentration Camp Memorial and the Museum of Contemporary History “ERLAUF REMEMBERS” in Erlauf, the Community of Peace.

Duration: approx. 4 hours incl. time for the journey

Further information available under www.erlauferinnert.at.

Youth projects

The Mauthausen Committee Austria (MKÖ) offers numerous tour and education programs especially for teenagers. Among them are civil courage trainings which should encourage young people to become helpers instead of remaining uninvolved bystanders. Further information and reservation available under www.zivilcourage.at .

Science and research

If you need support for a paper or scientific project (seminar paper, bachelor thesis, master thesis) concerning details of the history of the satellite concentration camp of Melk or other contemporary historical topics regarding the area of Melk, we would be pleased to assist you.

Access and parking

You can reach the town of Melk by train, coming from both Vienna or Linz. It is a 12-15-minute walk from Melk train station to the concentration camp memorial. There are several parking spaces along the Dorfnerstraße as well as on the Schießstattweg.

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Service at the concentration camp memorial

  • Lavatories
  • Drinking water
  • Important introductory reading material (available in German, English, French and Italian) regarding the history of the concentration camps and related contemporary topics (e.g. current movements of right-wing extremism, civil courage,..) which can be read on site.