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Address: Durnstein, Austria

Castle Kuernriger (Schloß Kürnriger) is the main attraction of Durnstein...

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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full of history

This ruin is full of history but nice to see and you can take great views over the "Pearl of the Wachau: Dürnstein. A great place and worth the hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Salzburg Region, Austria

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Salzburg Region, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This ruin is full of history but nice to see and you can take great views over the "Pearl of the Wachau: Dürnstein. A great place and worth the hike.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is a hike....probably 20 to 30 minutes. The views at the top are impressive. Definitely worth the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss it. Durnstein.. Should remember this charming place. We have been to the castle which its view just amazing.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a treat it was to climb up to this castle! The climb is steep, but very manageable. The feeling of stepping into the cave where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned in the 1100's is awesome. The view from every step along the way is breathtaking!

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Tehachapi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are 2 ways to get to the castle and we chose the monkey trail going up right by the cemetery. It was suppose to be shorter but I noticed that someone had written **** No on on one of the steps. That should have been a warning. My boyfriend and I are seniors but we made it to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Placing our feet on the ground was simply incredible. Thinking of the history and blood spilt on the ground from al the battles was very sobering

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Warren, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

It's a hot sweaty climb to the top- at least in July- path is well marked and you will get a cardio workout in heading up. Views of the Wachau valley and Danube from top are stunning.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a challenging climb for most people but the views of the Danube are worth it. Take plenty of water and rest along the way. I was told that it was about 30 minutes both ways. It took a little longer than that. Leave enough time to calm down and rest at the top to ensure steady hands when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

My wife was the one who knew that England's Medieval King Richard the Lionhearted was held captive in Kuenringer Castle on his way returning from the Crusades. That was just one of many misadventures he experienced, which made his involvement one colossal horrible mistake (I would imagine he saw it differently). Anyway, from our Wachau Valley cruise boat, the ruins... More 

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Marysville, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

I've always wanted to walk up to Keunringer Castle ruins and finally had the chance this year. My wife and I plus a good friend walked the uneven stone trail and many paved steps from Dürnstein. It was hot and we needed a few breaks but we made it all the way up and the view is spectacular. The stone... More 

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