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“best Danube view from 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.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“best Danube view from the top”
Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Kuenringer Castle (Ruine Durnstein) located on a cliff, offered us one of the best panoramic view of the Danube. Amazing !!!

Visited August 2013
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Wilson, North Carolina
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“Trace the steps to where Richard the Lionhearted was held prisoner”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Came upon the Castle as part of a wine tour in Wachau Valley. Castle is about 1000 yrs old. Fairly easy climb up to the ruins. You'll be on steps and some rock-steps and this will take you about 20 mins to reach from the village. But, at the top, you are not only in the Castle, but you'll get awesome views of the Wachau Valley and the Danube River. Well worth the effort.

Visited July 2013
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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

I had passed this way many years ago and have always wanted to hike up to the ruined Kuenringer Castle. We finally did it - LOVED IT. The trail is just off a side road in town -- we took the old steep trail through the woods. Yes, it's a bit of a climb, but the views on top are amazing. The ruins are fascinating because Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned here 800 years ago. You can climb about the ruins, which are somewhat extensive. Plan on about 1 1/2 hours to do the whole thing, including time to climb around on top and enjoy the scenery.
I don't think there's a website on this - but you can't miss it as you drive by. It's sitting high atop the hillside overlooking the Donau River Valley. No charge. No wheelchair access. No facilities or food. This is just a good hike!

Visited June 2013
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New York, NY
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“A bit of history on the Danube”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Well worth the hike but please note, it can get strenuous at times. But the reward is a spectacular view of the Danube and the surrounding Wachau valley.

Visited May 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Save Yourself”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Steep,hard climb which is not for the weak of heart or weak of knee. Even though Richard the Lion Heart was jailed here; I do not think these ruins are worth the effort required to make the climb. Save yourself instead for the town of Durnstein which is delightful with small shops on cobblestone paths.

Visited May 2013
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