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Kuenringer Castle

Durnstein, Austria
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Durnstein
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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109 reviews 109 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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103 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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110 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Durnstein Castle has a very interesting history and it is unfortunate that the structure is a shell of its former self these days. Nevertheless see the castle even from afar was magnificent.

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Linz, Austria
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Walking to the castle takes about 30 minutes. There are two ways up: One is with a lot of stairs at irregular intervals and of different heights. The other one is a rather steep, paved way up. Whichever way you choose, the view from the top is very nice.

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Chicago, IL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Loved the little hike up and the amazing history of the castle! Stay in Durnstein and do this little hike in the morning, before it gets hot.

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Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Our cruise boat stopped stopped in Durnstein. Previously we had gone by a statue of Richard the Lionhearted and the cruise director told us about the Kuenringer Castle ruins. There are two ways to the castle and I strongly recommend the path. It has a number of informative signs in German and English describing the key figures, both real and... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We walked here from Krems, on a lovely autumn day, along the Danube path after we found that the bus had gone and we couldn't work out out to hire the city bikes. It was a lovely stroll of about 5 miles along the river past vinyards and little villages. We arrived just as a river cruiser docked but the... More

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