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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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Views are great and yes it is a bit of a hike. They seem to know when you have to catch your breath because there are different things to read along the way. Views of the Danube... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Thousand Oaks, California

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Views are great and yes it is a bit of a hike. They seem to know when you have to catch your breath because there are different things to read along the way. Views of the Danube and town are amazing.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to Durnstein would not be complete without a hike up to the old castle. Look for the sign towards the south end of town on the main street directing you to the path up to the castle. Warning - it is not an easy climb! If you are out of shape just take your time, you"ll get there!... More 

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Cleveland Heights
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful find in such a small town. The hike up was not too tiring and the view is fantastic.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Durnstein is a charming little village with lovely shops and restaurants. But if you're looking to burn off some energy, be sure to hike up to the remnants of an old castle on top of the hill. It takes about 20 mins to get up there and once up there, the view of the Vachau valley is wonderful. We took... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very small town with less than 900 residents. This only adds to the charm. This is the site where Richard III was held hostage while returning from a crusade. The castle is in ruins but worth every step to see the view of the Danube River which runs past. Be prepared for a steep climb but the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

It is a small hike to get up to the ruins, but the view up the top is well worth it! I recommend booking the day bike tour which takes you to this beautiful town, time to walk up to the ruins and get scenic photos, as well as visiting wineries :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

When visiting this site in 2014, I climbed the steep hill. What a work-out. The view from castle is stunning, overlooking the Danube River, vineyards and farming communities in the area. I recently returned to Durnstein in September of 2016 and decided to go to the Schmidl Bakery for pastries instead of the climb.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

If you like going thru old castles and partial ruins this is worth a stop. Taking in the sights in the area and thinking of how the people lived here makes rethink your priorities in life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Despite the touristy feeling one gets here, the town and the ruin give you positive vibrations. If you are reasonably fit, the hike up to the castle is definitely worth the 30 minutes. Great view of the Danube. The more difficult trek up is via the stairs near the cemetery; the easier was up is, if you are coming up... More 

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Salzburg Region, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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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