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“Climb the hill to the top”

Burgruine Duernstein
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Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna
Ranked #1 of 13 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.
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“Climb the hill to the top”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The castle is a ruin you climb the hill for a FABULOUS view of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River. Claim to fame for this castle is that Richard the Lion Hearted was imprisioned after the Crusades here. Tip: there is a paved path which is much easier to climb than the rough steep path facing the river.
Durnstein is a very small village of less than 1000 inhabitants the other landmark is the blue spired Augustine Abbey Church which is stunning especially at night.

Visited September 2012
7 Thank gmtravellers
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“Choose the right path”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

To the cycling enthusiasts I went with, the "old" path up to the castle was no problem, but if you are older, short, out of shape or have bad knees, make sure you take the new path. It is wide, paved most of the way and has interpretive signs along the way. I can't say that it is any steeper because it goes to the same place, but it is a slope rather than some combination of rough, uneven stone stairs, tree roots and the occasional hillside scramble. Those afraid of heights should not be too concerned either way, and the old way does have an occasional view of the river, but the views are best from on top the castle, where the fear of heights can become a problem – another good reason to at least go DOWN the new way, as I did.

As you face the town from the river, the new path is on the right hand side of town and plainly marked. The old way starts in the middle of town, down the old Main Street to your left. Your choice. Either way, leave plenty of time to get up and back before dark, but if you have the opportunity, stay into the night and see the beautiful way the old castle is illuminated.

Visited August 2012
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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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“Pick a sunny day”
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!”
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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“Nice view - long climb”
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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