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Kuenringer Castle

Durnstein, Austria
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Durnstein
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles
Owner description: Castle Kuernriger (Schloß Kürnriger) is the main attraction of Durnstein (Dürnstein). It is the ruins of the castle in which Richard Leoncoeur, King... more » Owner description: Castle Kuernriger (Schloß Kürnriger) is the main attraction of Durnstein (Dürnstein). It is the ruins of the castle in which Richard Leoncoeur, King of England was held prisoner for a year while returning from a Crusade. The ransom was used by the Duke of Babenberg to build the city walls of Vienna. This is a popular historical attraction especially for British people. « less
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Perth, Australia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
64 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The ruins of Kuenringer Castle date back to the late 1190's and gives you and idea of the workmanship that went into these buildings so long ago

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Cricklade, England
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60 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is the castle in which Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned - its in the small town of Durstein - in which we stopped off on our way from Vienna to Prague - a pretty (but busy) main street - had a decent glass of white wine in one of the many bars

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PA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

If you feel like some exercise and want to learn a little history of the area, then a hike to Kuenringer Castle is perfect. On the way up the hill are stations that tell you about the castle and its history and each stop gives you a chance to catch your breath. The castle is in ruins, but fun to... More

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Perth, Australia
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83 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I've given this a five rating not so much for the castle ruins but for the absolutely spectacular views. Situated high above the village of Durnstein, the castle ruins are quite extensive but much like any other castle ruins. The pathway isn't that clearly marked and it's a steep and often rugged trek taking 20-30 minutes. If you're not fit... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

While not much remains of the castle (darned Swedes in 1645!), the ruins are interesting and they offer a beautiful vantage point from which to see the Danube and the vineyards surrounding the village. The community has done an EXCELLENT job of providing interpretive information on the capture of Richard the Lionhearted after the 3rd Crusade, and explains the politics... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just take your time...and a bottle of water, and you'll be so glad you did it! The view is breathtaking and worth every step! The walk back down is a breeze!

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Vevey, Switzerland
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81 reviews 81 reviews
22 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Generally I wasn't a fan of the town of Durnstein. Whilst it is a quaint medieval town it is overrun with cruise boat tourists and consequently a lot of shops selling cheap tat. But a great escape is to do the climb up to the ruined castle. It is only 20 minutes but a steep climb over a rough path.... More

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
20 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The romantic ruins of Kuenringer Castle dominate the skyline above the lovely small town of Durnstei. The castle is famous as the place where Richard I was imprisoned in the 12th century. The ruins can be reached by a strenuous walk from the town and the resulting view of the surrounding countryside and the Danube is probably worth the effort... More

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had the option of hiking up to the castle ruins on a bike ride. Option, no way! Hike it- the view is amazing!

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Round Rock, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Liked the view and the old world feel. Very friendly staff, good food and service. Good area to sight see and some shopping. Bike friendly area and the Danube was neat to observe.

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