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“Sweaty hike, but worth it!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kuenringer Castle

Kuenringer Castle
Durnstein, Austria
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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.
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“Sweaty hike, but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

It sure took some doing going up the mountain, but it was well worth it. I'd say it only took 30 min or less. I went up the steep route from the main street in town, next to the cemetary. The view from above is nice of the Danube and neighboring towns. You can see vineyards streching on for miles. It is amazing thinking of the history and time that had gone by. I'd like to see an old drawign of how the castle looked. All I've seen are the ruins.

Visited July 2012
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“Nice view - long climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is the ruin of the castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisioned. There are great views of the countryside, but the ruin is just that, a ruin, and not much left of the castle to fuel the imagination.

Visited June 2012
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“Worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

There are two ways up - I took the steep one up and came to the conclusion that such a route would have be banned in the UK under Health & Safety. The ancient pathway has crumbled and its more a case of having to be very careful. Teenagers would enjoy it but nothing younger. The views from the top are breathtaking and the longer route down with information boards is probably the best way to return to the village

Visited May 2012
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“Worth the climb for the magnificent views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

There are two marked paths from the village - we turned right at the start of the old town which led up a stony path, quite steep. It was marked as 25 minutes, which was about right. Lots of informative signs on the way (in German & English) give you a sense of the history and some of the myths surrounding the castle over the centuries - and give you the chance for a breather whilst climbing. The alternative route, which we did as the descent, is mainly stone steps which lead to the centre of town (this route is marked 20 minutes for going up).

The views from the top are wonderful, and make the climb well worthwhile. The ruins are - well, just that - but the trip is recommended for a spot of exercise before taking a refreshing drink and bite to eat in the lovely old town. One thing to note - based on Trip Advisor's rankings we had planned to take lunch at the Sänger Blondel restaurant, but were disappointed to find that it does not open on Sundays, despite the popularity of the town with weekend tourists.

Visited May 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

As Wachau is one of the most exciting courses of Austria, a boat trip from Melk to Krems is inevitable. Of course the reverse direction (Krems to Melk) is also possible; but I advise the former one.
But be aware and do not skip to disembark at Dürnstein town. Climbing to the castle ruins using the stony old road (Eselsteig) takes you 20 minutes filled with excitement as the Donau panorama lifts at each step with an increasing magic splendour. Walking sticks and shoes are advisable.
Once down to the town you can spend some more time enjoying narrow and historic streets and tasting local culinary artefacts. If it is time to depart do not take the train or bus, because Krems is within walking distance. The well paved and marked road will take you through Wachau wine regions vineyards and then medieval streets of Stein town till the historic city center of Krems where you can pick a train to Wien each hour.
In short; a visit to Wien without Wachau is incomplete; so is a Wachau trip without a Dürnstein stop.

Visited April 2012
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