You may want a semi lay of the land before you enter. If so take a look at the map below.
This model is helpful too as it shows the critical parts of the several acre site on a cliff above the river before the fancy stairs from the parking lot were constructed. The Abbey Church is on the left and is most visible from the river. The various courtyards are on the right, and the town is below, actually hidden from the river by the bluff.
Or would you like a view of the Abbey taken in 1963 on our first visit to Europe. This is what it looked like then thanks to the enduring quality of Kodachrome slides. It has been given a prodigious cleaning since then, but remains a defiant giant perched on the edge of its cliff.
Now to look at the Abbey in 2015. First you enter the forecourt where you face the impressive façade of St. Benedict's Hall.
If you forget, you will miss some striking ceiling frescoes.
This is not a door for midget Benedictines, but instead a portal in the hall that allowed the stove in the room beyond the wall to be stoked without a person having to enter the room.
Here you can see the stove and its connecting channel to the hall while also appreciating the different lighting tones that envelop the exhibits.
Another room featured a 360 degree projection of the area that surrounds the abbey. Modern technology in the service of history.
Historic artifacts abound-- from golden vessels and bejeweled chalices to heavily brocaded vestments.
Next was a visit to the Abbey Church--a riot of glitter and gold in a sort of Rococo on steroids..
Close by the church is the airy Marble Hall that leads to the famous Abbey Library.
We ended up at a lovely riverside café where we were able to grab a snack as well as see stark written evidence of past Danube floods painted on the walls.