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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"
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"the river"
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"wachau valley"
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"steep path"
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"worth the climb"
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"richard the lion heart"
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"held captive"
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"the main street"
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"great hike"
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"fantastic views"
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"walk up"
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Reviewed yesterday

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
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We parked our bicycles in the town centre and went up by the steps. You need to be reasonably fit to go up the steps as the path is rocky and uneven There is also an alternative route by the path which is a gentle...More

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fairly intense hike for me as I was unprepared for hiking at all. That being said - It was absolutely WORTH the trip up to enjoy the views and sit in the quiet history. We drank our drunken apricots, sat and enjoyed...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2018 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 May 29, 2018

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 May 26, 2018 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

Thank GKD60
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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

Thank TJA950
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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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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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