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Kuenringer Castle

Durnstein, Austria
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Ranked #1 of 9 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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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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19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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3 attraction reviews
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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Greensboro, North Carolina
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28 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Rarely have I had such an affinity for an historical site. The very thought that this edifice, this castle, once served as a prison for Richard I, Lion Heart overwhelmed me. Richard was imprisoned by Austrian Duke Leopold V during the 3rd crusade. All this occurred around 1092, just 26 years after the Battle of Hastings. As we sailed down... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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175 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The ruined castle looks down on Durnstein and sadly was destroyed I believe in the 16th. Century. To walk to up to takes about 15 - 20 minutes for the average walker. The views over the valley are breathtaking. Sad to see this truly historical monument in ruins but nevertheless the ruins are there. History records indicate that King Richard... More

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Puslinch, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I fell in love with this quaint little village of Durnstein, Austria with a population of less than 1000. The Castle was one of the highlights as was the narrow cobble stone streets and winding back alleyways. We observed the Kuenringer Castle from a bit of a distance - make sure you bring your camera as it truly is a... More

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Bruges, Belgium
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The hike for an inexperienced hiker was a bit challenging, but the amazing view was worth it! Make sure you have your camera, sturdy shoes, and water for this trip!

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The Villages, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A beautiful little village along the Danube. We stopped on our river cruise. The Danube river valley in this area is known for its wine and apricots. Make sure you get some wine and apricot preserves while in town. The two things to see are the blue church and Kuenringer Castle. Alot of history in the town with Richard The... More

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