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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
Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria
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All reviews castle ruins worth the effort the river wachau valley richard the lion heart steep path worth the climb held captive great hike the main street cruise boat fantastic views quick trip walk up taking photos takes about minutes english king
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Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Dürnstein is a quaint little tourist trap of a town (loved it but yikes people everywhere) the draw for us was hiking up to the castle! It takes about 20 minutes to get to the top longer if you’re not in decent shape or have...More

Thank Gernald10
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Durnstein is a quaint little old town, with just a few tourist attractions. The main one being this old castle, and as explained elsewhere, was where the English King was held a prisoner on his return from the Crusades. Very scenic old village and well...More

Thank andyfrance1
Reviewed September 20, 2018

This is a hike over rugged ground and quite tiring especially if you are not fit. where good shoes and take some water. If you do make it to the top the castle is clearly a ruin, but historic as it was where Richard the...More

Thank Chris_JNP
Reviewed September 9, 2018

From top of the hill, the view of winding Danube river, hills and Wachau Valley is magical. Probably the highlight of our Danube river cruise. For historic fact, this is the place where Richard the Lionheart was held hostage by a fellow crusader knight.

2  Thank bigboy61455
Reviewed August 17, 2018

This is a strenuous hike to the top but you are rewarded with spectacular scenery of the Wachau Valley.

Thank Pete_Coach
Reviewed August 6, 2018

On a river cruise and we stopped here. Of our group, 4 of us decided to climb up to the castle. It's a bit of a hike, but the view from the top was splendid. We managed to get up before the crowds did, so...More

Thank lalouque
Reviewed July 25, 2018

We had decided to see the ruins of the old castle, but having been told it was a bit of a hike and good walking shoes were the order of the day, we decided, having seen so many old ruins that perhaps a leisurely walk...More

1  Thank Bernice D
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Nice hike to the top of the hill where the castle is located 1,750 above the danube river.Great outdoor activity for the morning,this hike is not necessarily for everyone there is a certain amount of physical stamina to do it.However if you manage to get...More

1  Thank Anthony C
Reviewed July 15, 2018

I like castles but I don't really get into old ruins. This is a quaint little town and fun for a quick trip, however it is hilly and a bit tough walking around. Some of our group went up to the old castle ruins, I...More

Thank elindoo
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This is a quaint little town on the Rhine. The castle on the hill was, according to legend, was where King Richard the Lion Heart was imprisoned on his way back from the Holy Land. I didn't climb the hill to the castle, it is...More

Thank harvard1078
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Lisa G
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.