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“Worth the climb!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kuenringer Castle

Kuenringer Castle
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Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna
Ranked #1 of 12 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.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth the climb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well visible castle ruin with its walls peaking to the sky, you should not miss the view from the very top. Wachau valley will open in front of you with great view of Göttweig Abbey, world famous baroque blue tower right beneath you along with slopes bearing one of the best white wines in the world. And one can try to imagine what Richard the Lionheart was thinking while being kept here on his way back home..
Take some water with you, as it is a bit of a walk and summer can be pretty hot.
If you are on bikes, you can leave few of them just down in town where the shorter steep path starts and take off from there plus have a look at the nearby cemetery, there is a small church with some bones on display at the basement j:)

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Bobbesh
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Maroochydore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worth the climb for the history and views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

As King Richard the Lionheart is part of my family history I was very keen to visit Keunringer Castle. I took the shorter rough climb to the top and took small breaks to take photo's and also catch my breath. Once reaching the top and the ruins you are rewarded with the most beautiful views over the river and valley. There is an information table within the ruins telling the story of King Richard and his imprisonment which was interesting.

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Jude G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Climb the hill to the top”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Minneapolis, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 321 helpful votes
“Choose the right path”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
9 Thank snochasr
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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Pick a sunny day”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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