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Address: Durnstein, Austria
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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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Famous for Richard the Lionheart of England

It was quite a climb up to the ruins of the castle, but the view of the valley was great from there. This is perhaps Durnstein's main claim to international fame, the place where... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Boyd F
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Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was quite a climb up to the ruins of the castle, but the view of the valley was great from there. This is perhaps Durnstein's main claim to international fame, the place where the Duke of Austria held King Richard of England as captive during the Crusades. The climb up was a little slippery on a frosty December morning,... More 

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Bribie Island, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are 2 paths to these ancient ruins that held King Richard the Lionheart back in 1192, a fact I wasn't aware of before climbing the myriad, steep, uneven steps to the top! Not for the fainthearted, but absolutely worth the effort. The Castle looks over the River Danube and the stunningly beautiful township of Durnstein. Vinyards wind their way... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history here is amazing. I took the stairs and it is a real trek and one that I would not recommend if you are not fit. Fantastic views back over Durnstein and the river valley.

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Lawrence, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

I had wanted to see the top of the Castle after reading about Richard the Lion Hearted being imprisoned there. When we arrived by our river boat we knew we had little time before sunset to reach the top. We went with 4 other people to get to the top. First its not the easiest path to find and once... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very interesting castle and history behind the castle. The hike up in about 20-30 min. A flashlight is required if you will be there after dark. The path is not well lit, however at night the castle itself is lit up.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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california
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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