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“Pick a sunny day” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kuenringer Castle

Kuenringer Castle
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Durnstein
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Owner description: 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.
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Pick a sunny day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you're in decent shape and you can handle a steep 20 or 30-minute climb, you'll be rewarded by arguably the most spectacular views of the Danube to be found anywhere. From the top, you can see neighbouring villages and the river winding under steep hills so make sure you have your camera with you. As for the castle itself, the ruins are small and scattered but this is where Richard the Lionheart spent some time so it's of significant historical relevancy.

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Sweaty hike, but worth it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

It sure took some doing going up the mountain, but it was well worth it. I'd say it only took 30 min or less. I went up the steep route from the main street in town, next to the cemetary. The view from above is nice of the Danube and neighboring towns. You can see vineyards streching on for miles. It is amazing thinking of the history and time that had gone by. I'd like to see an old drawign of how the castle looked. All I've seen are the ruins.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice view - long climb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is the ruin of the castle where Richard Lionheart was imprisioned. There are great views of the countryside, but the ruin is just that, a ruin, and not much left of the castle to fuel the imagination.

Visited June 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Worth the climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

There are two ways up - I took the steep one up and came to the conclusion that such a route would have be banned in the UK under Health & Safety. The ancient pathway has crumbled and its more a case of having to be very careful. Teenagers would enjoy it but nothing younger. The views from the top are breathtaking and the longer route down with information boards is probably the best way to return to the village

Visited May 2012
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“Worth the climb for the magnificent views!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

There are two marked paths from the village - we turned right at the start of the old town which led up a stony path, quite steep. It was marked as 25 minutes, which was about right. Lots of informative signs on the way (in German & English) give you a sense of the history and some of the myths surrounding the castle over the centuries - and give you the chance for a breather whilst climbing. The alternative route, which we did as the descent, is mainly stone steps which lead to the centre of town (this route is marked 20 minutes for going up).

The views from the top are wonderful, and make the climb well worthwhile. The ruins are - well, just that - but the trip is recommended for a spot of exercise before taking a refreshing drink and bite to eat in the lovely old town. One thing to note - based on Trip Advisor's rankings we had planned to take lunch at the Sänger Blondel restaurant, but were disappointed to find that it does not open on Sundays, despite the popularity of the town with weekend tourists.

Visited May 2012
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