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Kuenringer Castle

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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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you have to climb, very top building

if you have a good condition go ahead to the top, because it has a beautiful view, the building itself doesn´t have too much to see, but if you don´t feel like to climb don´t... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

if you have a good condition go ahead to the top, because it has a beautiful view, the building itself doesn´t have too much to see, but if you don´t feel like to climb don´t dare, because it is a lot to climb and just for the view ¡

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Greenwood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a fairly steep hike to the top, but worth it! I imagined what it looked like when it was in it's prime. Awesome history...the village below just above the Danube was amazing as well. A MUST see!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular views from the top. the hike is up an unpaved dirt road, so please be careful going up, and actually I would not recommend it on rainy or snowy days, as it gets a bit steep at times. If you have heart or lung condition be aware. However once at the top , the views of the Danube and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing views if you are able to make the hike...would definitely caution for people with heart or lung conditions...the shops at the base are also very quaint ...selling local products...would definitely recommend a visit for the photo-ops alone

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

Durnstein is a very pretty village on the banks of Danube in Austria. It had very narrow streets and quirky shops. Very picturesque. I located a very steep, long and at times rocky trail that led to the ruins of the castle. It was a tough climb and, because of time constraints, could not really enjoy the views at the... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

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 November 19, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 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 November 1, 2016

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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