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Burgruine Duernstein

Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria
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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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Ruinenweg, Durnstein 3601, Austria

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To reach a top of this ruins you need about 30 min of a walk from the town. Views are scenic and panoramic!!! It's a top place .

Thank g1zmoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked up to the ruins from our hotel on a warm day at the end of August. After leaving the paved roadway at the edge of town, the walk consists of a mixture of trail and paved walkway, becoming steeper towards the ruins. Watch...More

Thank Drew B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Duernstein is clearly a stopping spot for tour groups - both bus and river cruises of which we were from. Luckily we docked about 8.30am and were able to wander around the town quite easily. Its a beautiful cobble stoned town with lots on offer....More

Thank sterwuv
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lovely tranquil setting, great to stroll among old houses , ruins, and have a view on the Danube. definitely recommended like the whole area

Thank nicolas s
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Again this is a great walk to the top, if you are in shape it will take around 20 minutes, if not like me at least 40 minutes lol lol lol but it is a great view to the Danube Valley and you can see...More

Thank Francis V
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Was really impressed. On the route up there are numerous historial snippets of information - in both English and German. It is only about 15-20 minutes until you reach the ruin. Access is completely unrestricted - you are free to climb and clamber on whatever...More

Thank BritinWien
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Nice track to the top, not to hard. Fun all the way and a great view from above, mostly clean and preserved and has some fun facts to learn on the way Dont miss

Thank AlexKayv
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Steep but I did it and I am far from fit or young. Views are outstanding and the sense of history is unmistakeable. Not to be missed , unspoilt, unreconstructed, just what a romantic ruin should be.

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Richard the Lion Hearted was imprisoned here hundreds of years ago. Climbing up the hillside put me right into that time of history. The views from the top were spectacular. The Wachau Valley along the Danube is some of the prettiest scenery you will ever...More

1  Thank graymar6
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Some climb that we didn't fancy but the village itself is very quaint with plenty of places to buy the local wine and beer.

Thank Johnnydontdoit
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14 July 2016|
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Response from Dilly4472 | Reviewed this property |
No, there's no vehicular access. Have used both routes up. One is a steep scramble with steps and rough rocks and gravel. The other is a path mostly surfaced but still fairly steep. Some elderly friends of ours took this... More
14 April 2016|
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Response from Larni V | Reviewed this property |
There is a lot of history up there....you would be surprised! Plenty of signage and information.
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17 February 2015|
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Response from Geoff W | Reviewed this property |
Hi: yes, you will have plenty of time, and it is well worth it!