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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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King Richard 'THE LIONHEART' imprisoned here 1192...held for a 'Kings Ransom'.

The history of this place is a amazing.....they have made movies about King Richard being captured in Austria in 1192 when returning from The Third Crusade to take back the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

The history of this place is a amazing.....they have made movies about King Richard being captured in Austria in 1192 when returning from The Third Crusade to take back the English throne from his tyrannical brother king john....well, Richard was held prisoner in this castle for about three months before being moved to another castle where he was held until... More 

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Glen Waverley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Kuenringer Castle is a short walk above the old tourist town of Durnstein. There are a number of tracks. Views across the Wachau Valley and up and down the Danube River are beautiful. The ruins are safe. There is a little prison cell in the lower section. The tracks and stairs are not too arduous, but not suitable for a... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The castle is well maintained and has a great history. There are two trail up to the castle. The first trail is nice wide well maintained path with signs, history and information about the castle and the area. The other trail is more for the adventures. The trails is less defined and can be a bit challenging, with some steep... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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 27 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 96 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 28 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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Address: Durnstein, Austria
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Lower Austria  >  Durnstein

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