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Burgruine Duernstein: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Like many others, I came to Durnstein while on a River Cruise down the Danube. Durnstein was our first stop, to be honest one of my favorite stops. Once I walked to the city, the first thing I did was hike up to the ruins....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a one day stop on our Tauck river cruise. It is a quaint little medieval town, and charming to visit. It is a single day stop and you have pretty much seen everything! The main attraction is the old fortress at the hilltop...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The climb to the top is steep, but there a number of stops on the way from where one gets different scintillating views of the Wachau valley. The ruins are a reminder of the violent and colourful history of the castle where King Richard was...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good walk to see this medieval castle erected in the early 12th century constructed in a strategic location overlooking the river Danube.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 11, 2019 via mobile

Visited Dürnstein castle in September 2019. Dürnstein is a small and very picturesque village located along the Danube river. Being September, and a Thursday, it wasn’t too crowded with visitors, but still was lively with activity. A lovely place to spend an afternoon, stroll and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Stopped at Durnstein while on a Danube river cruise and thought I'd visit Richard the Lionheart castle ruins where he was incarcerated! Started but gave up as my asthma started playing up approximately 600 steps up a steep hill but am told it's worth the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

It is a bit of a climb up, but once you get there it is so worth it. The best views of the Wachau valley. It took us about 20 minutes to climb, there are plenty of stopping points along the route. Apparently thee is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

During a river cruise, my husband and I, along with a group of seniors, were fortunate to be able to enjoy a walking tour of Durnstein. Although a small town, it is rich in history and very picturesque. The ruined castle high above the town...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019

The castle is the focal point of Dürnstein--very prominent on the skyline high on a "mountaintop." It is eye catching from the river. The castle was built in between 1140 - 1145 and eventually destroyed in a war with Sweden (they were very active in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019

The ruins of the historic medieval castle lie on a rather high hill and require a lengthy hike up a steep path. The castle's claim to fame is having held the British King Richard the Lionheart captive. The castle offers excellent views over the Danube,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 30, 2018|
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Response from harvard1078 | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't on a day cruise I was on a cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. If you are going to Durnstein Castle I would suggest that you take good pair of walking shoes as the climb to the top of the hill. where the castle is... More
July 14, 2016|
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Response from Dilly4472 | Reviewed this property |
No, there's no vehicular access. Have used both routes up. One is a steep scramble with steps and rough rocks and gravel. The other is a path mostly surfaced but still fairly steep. Some elderly friends of ours took this... More
April 13, 2016|
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Response from Larni V | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot of history up there....you would be surprised! Plenty of signage and information.