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Address: Durnstein, Austria
Description: Castle Kuernriger (Schloß Kürnriger) is the main attraction of Durnstein...
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.
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After visiting Melk we found out we had the opportunity to visit Durnstein and we said why not. This is one of the best decisions we made. The hike up to the castle can take... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

After visiting Melk we found out we had the opportunity to visit Durnstein and we said why not. This is one of the best decisions we made. The hike up to the castle can take around 20 minutes but with every step you take the view gets nicer and imagination runs wilder. At the top you will reach the ruins... More 

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Miami Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The view from the top is spectacular! That being said there are two ways up and down. One leaves off a side street in old town and the other comes through the vineyards outside of town. The old town route is steep steps and the vineyard route is less severe and more like a path or gravel road...your choice!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We hoofed it up the ruins like a pair of mountain goats. The flowers on the path (in May) were fragrant and lovely, and the views of the Wachau region from the top were breathtaking. Had time for a wine tasting and sampling the local apricot schnapps before making it back to the car as our parking expired. Only took... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a fairly difficult hike of about 20 minutes from the town gate, but it is definitely worth it. The ruins are beautiful and the views of Durnstein and the valley are indescribably beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice, you need to see it in person.

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Parker, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Towering over Durnstein, this crumbling castle once en-prisoned Richard the Lionhardt. The walk up is scenic, but wear your good walking shoes, and prepare to go up, up, and then up some more. You can wander the ruins once top-side, and the views enroute as well as atop are stunning. There are a couple ways up....from inside the town or... More 

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Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Do some walking tour from the ship, this place is full with history about Richard the Lionheart. The weather was great at that time and we got to see beautiful view of the river and surrounds.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The signs that direct you along the path to the ruins are very educational. I really appreciated the commentary boards that provided very interesting info. The views from the top were spectacular. I found myself taking lots of photos from every angle. The photos don't to it any justice. Standing at the top of the ruins looking down into the... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Amazing view of the mountains and the river! If you plan to visit Austria, don't miss Dürnstein (and in general Wachau). Perfect summer destination!

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malaga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This old castle, which imprisoned Richard the Lionheart must have been very imposing in its day. Now it is a very steep walk/climb up to the ruins. Richard was on his way home after the 3rd Crusade and was imprisoned here for a year until his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine paid the ransome. This sum of money was sufficiently large... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Great views, and a spectacular position. Worth the hike up to savour the history and views. Durnsteins medieval remains are visible at many places through town.

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