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Burgruine Duernstein

Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria
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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 Duke of Babenberg to build the city walls of Vienna. This is a popular historical attraction especially for British people.
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“castle ruins” (16 reviews)
“the river” (19 reviews)
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Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria
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"castle ruins"
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"worth the effort"
in 11 reviews
"the river"
in 19 reviews
"wachau valley"
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"steep path"
in 5 reviews
"richard the lion heart"
in 7 reviews
"held captive"
in 5 reviews
"the main street"
in 6 reviews
"great hike"
in 6 reviews
"walk up"
in 5 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 8 reviews
"spectacular views"
in 5 reviews
"english king"
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"great history"
in 3 reviews
"minute climb"
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"takes about minutes"
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"lovely town"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a river cruise that stopped here basically long enough for people to walk around town or do the hike. I’d say it’s more like a 30 minute hike up and quicker on the return but not always easy. It’s steep in places...More

Thank Lisa S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tiny riverside town of Dürnstein is pretty, but has more people thronging its (one) street than you'd find on Wembley Way before the cup final. None of the shops are worth visiting. Definitely worthwhile, however, is the short but steep hike up to the...More

Thank Anne A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As others have written this is a beautiful medieval town. Small but plenty to see. Make sure to go into the cemetery and the small chapel in the grounds. Also worthwhile is the view from the castle ruins. I went up and down the stairs....More

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Reviewed May 3, 2018

It’s famous for the imprisonment of Richard the Lionheart although the place where he was imprisoned is now part of a hotel as far as we could see so there is nothing to see relating to this period of its history. It is however a...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

This Castle hike is a reasonably strenuous hike but has a lot of material to read along the way up. So you can pause to read their history leading to the capture of King Richard who was imprisoned for few months up the castle. The...More

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Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

Great view! But it's quit a hike. You will need good shoes to walk on the rocky/sandy stairs as well pretty steep up. I didn't know it was a narrow road going up as I am afraid of hight. Made it to the top, nice...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

Great views of the Wachau Valley from up on top. Walk from the Village up the gentle path. On the way there are plenty of signs to read to break the trip up! Once at the end of the path you can go even further...More

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Reviewed December 9, 2017

The hike up to Burgruine Castle in Durnstein is a little bit strenuous, but definitely worth the effort! The trail leading up to the ruin is lined with signs that give interesting history about the castle and it's famous prisoner, King Richard the Lionhearted. When...More

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

The hike is strenuous, but not long, and the reward is an amazing view from the castle of Durnstein and the Wachau Valley. The hike also provides the opportunity to learn more about the castle ruins that one time held King Richard the Lionheart as...More

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Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

About 15 minutes up a sometimes steep, narrow, rough stone route you come to the ruins of the 13th century castle where King Richard The Lionhearted was held captive for an enormously obscene ransom. The ruins are not especially scenic but the view down to...More

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Haleyrobinson90
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
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yvonnedinouye
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.
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Judith B
February 17, 2015|
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Response from Geoff W | Reviewed this property |
Hi: yes, you will have plenty of time, and it is well worth it!
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