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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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An utter gem

I had to admit I hadn't heard of Durnstein until my travel operator recommended it and it is a place not to miss. As others have said, it is the jewel in the crown of the Wachau... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I had to admit I hadn't heard of Durnstein until my travel operator recommended it and it is a place not to miss. As others have said, it is the jewel in the crown of the Wachau Valley and utterly beautiful. The medieval town is retained and the walk to the castle is steep but not too strenuous. I actually... More 

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Cape Cod
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I will admit I was challenged on the way up. We went up the stair path. My legs were burning. The view was worth it though! Spectacular vistas of the Danube and villages. We went down the other path with no stairs, and I almost ran it, lol. So much easier going down. Then we got to shop. Had to... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The village of Durnstein is quaint and friendly be sure to visit the Wieser Company for local products, their chocolate is lovely as are the differing uses of apricots. Richard the Lionheart was captured near Vienna and brought to Durnstein where he was imprisoned for 3 months until a ransom of 150,000 silver marks was paid. It is said that... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This delightful little village is well worth a visit. It is in the shadow of the castle where it is believed that Richard the Lionhearted was held captive. This delightful little village is beautifully clean and the people are friendly and helpful. For a change we were able to buy gifts that did not look cheap and trashy. I am... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Loved the little town of Durnstein and the beautiful walk up to the castle. Lots of good information available on the way up. Great views over the town

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

219 meters above the Danube and Stift Durnstein, with the charming and elegant Hotel Richard Lionheart nestled below in the idyllic village with its peerless Baroque cathedral, and reachable only by way of a steep but well-maintained trail carved into the daunting rock face, stand the ruins of a castle that trigger a lifetime of fantasies of Crusades long past,... More 

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Mijas Pueblo, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Climbing high above Durnstein is well worth the effort to visit the castle ruins, understand the history involved, and see the spectacular views of Durnstein, the Danube and the Wachau Valley below. It is not an easy climb but if you are prepared for a moderate to challenging effort, the 45 to 60 minute climb up is worth the effort.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I love visiting ruins and I like great vistas. This is a climb that is very much worth the effort. There are two ways to get to the castle ruins. The first is a long set of stairs, while the second is a long sloping path with an easy walk but with parts full of loose gravel. If you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My husband and I decided to take the more adventurous trail to this castle. There are two ways the hard way up the longest flight of stairs you have ever climbed I. Your life or a trail that leads the way up in the other side. We went up the way of the stairs and down by the trail .... More 

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Joshua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

There are two ways to get up to the Castle ruins that held Richard the Lion Hearted captive for several months. It is recommended that you go up one way and down the other to get the full experience. Bring extra batteries as you will be taking lots of pictures. The hike takes about 20 - 30 minutes depending upon... More 

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Address: Address: Durnstein, Austria
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Lower Austria  >  Durnstein

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