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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

We were on a Viking river cruise down the Danube and stopped in Durnstein. From the port, it took us about 20 minutes to walk up to the castle. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Once you are up there, you...More

Thank PandaHouston
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle ruins are on a high bluff overlooking Durnstein and the Danube Valley. There is little of the castle left, except for the shell of a few of the rooms. There's a great view terrace, though, and the views out over the river valley...More

1  Thank ofamof
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steep walk up to the castle that Legend has it imprisoned Richard the Lionheart. The castle is now mostly ruins but nonetheless the views across the river but well worth your effort. The town itself is full of touristy type shops, not for me but...More

Thank steve1211957
Reviewed 10 October 2017

While the ruin itself is very good, as a starting point for hiking in the area, it is perfect. It is a ruin and as such is not in great shape but the views offered at the site and on the way up there (yes,...More

Thank PS1645
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Make absolutely sure you are up for it! It is a very steep hike. Now.. lots of great history from up there and what a view!!!

Thank TravelingDrZ
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Situated atop the hill out of the town, this site is what remains of an old castle that is said to have been where Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned for a year - a story that has never been verified. Not much left at the...More

Thank jrandsk
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Little is left but the castle shell, however, it can be seen for miles in all directions. It is most famous as one of the two castles where English King Richard (Lionheart) was imprisoned longest.

Thank DonPaulo
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

This is the iconic symbol of Durnstein. Steep but accessible walk leads to the ruined castle but with dominating view of Danube valley. The road up has a series- attractive and informative - of the people involved with imprisonment of Richard the Lionheart. Yes this...More

Thank 1949etwall
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is an uphill walk with unsure footing and no guard rails. Definitely not for young children or folks with mobility/height issues. Our family of four (kids ages 8 and 13) had no issues and the views from the top are spectacular. Wear comfortable shoes...More

1  Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 2 September 2017

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
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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
13 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.
Judith B
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!