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Kuenringer Castle

Durnstein, Austria
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Durnstein
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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new haven, ct
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179 reviews 179 reviews
42 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Our river cruise, like most Danube cruises if not all, stopped here. A charming town, worth the wandering, but topped off by the hike up this hill and the gorgeous views from up there. It is a reasonably tough hike - uneven "steps" broken through the years and quite a bit longer than you would suppose looking up at the... More

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Liverpool, Pennsylvania
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116 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We were late arriving in Durnstein due to the locks we did enjoy the view of the castle as we traveled down the Danube, then as night fell it was cool to see the castle lit at night.

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Victoria, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a pretty col place to visit. The climb up is no big deal if you have a reasonable level of fitness and the views are well worth it. We went up the steeper way and came back down the more gentle way. The ruins are extensive and great fun to climb over, giving all sorts of interesting photo... More

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Crossett
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

How unbelievable a view from the Danube is this castle! While we did not take the hike to the top, we so enjoyed watching this historic castle as it moved in and out of the clouds! What a treat to walk where Richard the Lionheart had strolled as we was held captive here for months following his capture during the... More

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Tampa, Florida
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170 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

You can see the castle from the city or the river. You don't have to hike up to it to enjoy the view of the surrounding area, although I'd love to do it one day. We couldn't because my mother is in her 80's, and is unable to make that kind of climb. The castle is the most popular attraction,... More

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Charlottetown, PEI
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Visited Durnstein for a very short stop on a Danube river cruise with Gate1. The "Richard the Lionheart" castle was an uphill climb but worth it for the views. The town itself is surrounded by vineyards and is very charming, easy to entertain yourself just wandering the streets. At the very end of the main street is the Hotel Schloss... More

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Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

After hearing several enthusiastic comments from many of our friends about Durnstein, we headed out without any expectations but to check out the famous scenery of this quaint town just outside of Vienna. It took us less than an hour by car and was very easy to find. After our brief stop in a nearby town of Krems, which did... More

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Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My husband and I are in our 60's and we felt quite exhilarated by the climb. Take the climb slowly ... No need to rush ... And soak in the views every 10-20 steps ... There's something to see everywhere you look. The views are spectacular but so is the immediate surroundings - look for the bright green lizards. Gorgeous.... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We stopped in Durnstein on a river cruise and while many of the cruisers were walking the tourist shops, three of us climbed to the top of the ruins. It's a fun, steep climb, with nice views of the Danube Valley all the way up. But, persevere--the views from the top are simply incredible. Evidently, Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We hiked up to Schloß Kürnriger and had our eyes knocked out by the view. It's gorgeous and well worth the vista,, but the ruins themselves are not maintained so they are what's left after 1000 years. The history behind the capture of Richard the Lion Hearted is well documented on placards as you climb the path, and they make... More

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