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Address: Durnstein, Austria
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Castle Kuernriger (Schloß Kürnriger) is the main attraction of...

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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There are two ways up - an easy trail and a shorter, steeper and more challenging trail. It was dark already and we had to use our cell phone flashlights (quite an adventure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Munich, Germany

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are two ways up - an easy trail and a shorter, steeper and more challenging trail. It was dark already and we had to use our cell phone flashlights (quite an adventure!), but the castle is impressive and the view over Dürnstein and the Danube is great! It was really nice in the dark but I don't recommend doing... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We've been here several times but this one was the most interesting. The weather was rainy and gloomy - just to visit the place. We found an old staircase to the castle - it seem it remembers the times of Richard the Lionheart (see foto). If you want to combine sports and travel - take a trip. Nice views to... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We were there on a very hot day... and the trail seemed to become more steep with every step. This was a true physical workout (although the older kids and teenagers didn't seem to be as bothered - ha-ha). But the views from the top are fantastic. As an adult, I found myself a little concerned that someone would/could fall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

It's a fun trek up to these ruins above Durnstein though somewhat steep in places. Some steps but also some uneven ground, so watch your footing. Super views from the top - be sure to take your camera. Legend says that Richard the Lionheart was held here for ransom after being captured on his way home from the Crusades.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

A relatively challenging walk to the top but well worth the effort. Walk off some of the calories and earn yourself a beer back in the villgae

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We walked around it all morning but did not go up and inside. Others on our cruise did; but with a short time there the general tour, wine tasting and shopping was more appealing to get more feel and variety. In Durnstein simply walking out into the Vineyards is a great treat, we loved this village.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Take the trail at the end beginning of the town. It is easier than the one starting in the middle of the town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A nice but demandig hike gets you up to the picturesc ruins with a great view of Duernstein and the Danube valley. King Richard Lionhaert was imprisoned here for a while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Part of our Grand Circle Danube Cruise, Durnstein was the highlight of the entire trip. Why? It's a wonderful medieval town with great ruins, shops and hotels. But there are two standouts - the Kuenringer Castle and the blue church. We climbed to the top of the hill to see the ruins of the castle where Richard the Lionheart was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

My wife and I were on a bike tour and stopped in the town with the Kuenringer Castle which are ruins from the 1700's. The walk takes 20 minutes and is a legitimate effort as it is straight up. The payoff is a beautiful panoramic view of the area and the remains of an epic castle.

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