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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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118 reviews 118 reviews
64 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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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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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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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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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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130 helpful votes 130 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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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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