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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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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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank J T G
Warren, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Alan V
New York City, New York
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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 

Thank David B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

From a distance the castle is not in its best of shape. However with the knowledge that King Richard was kept here while his ransom was being negotiated create additional excitement to the castle. The town below the castle and along the Danube River, Durnstein is a quaint town with narrow streets that still share between pedestrian and car. The... More 

Thank Charn P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Climbing to the top of the mountain to view these old castle ruins was worth every sweaty step. Our Viking River Cruise docked here for a brief hot minute one morning and I'm so glad they did! My daughter and I set out on a misty rainy morning to just meander around town and discovered we could climb to the... More 

Thank Elizabeth W
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Loved this place!! Great views of the Danube and the mountainous terrain surrounding. Hiking in a light rain didn't diminish the enjoyment the least little bit. We hiked in canvas flats and havaianas, with an 8 year old, so no excuses not to go except you're just too lazy or don't have the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Our river cruise docked here for about three hours. We wandered along the picturesque banks of The Danube into the village, found the "tunneled" walkway up to the main street, ambled around the village taking in the sites (it is quite small so does not take long), tried some of the apricot brandy, before setting out to find our way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

A medium difficult walk up to the castle was rewarded by fabulous views and a feeling of historical connection to this medieval town. Mostly ruins but the place is steeped in atmosphere. The walk up was mostly stairs and firm footing but did have steep sections.

Thank Laurence K

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