Burgruine Duernstein
Burgruine Duernstein
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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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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
There is not a lot to see from the river level, but the outline of the castle ruins are still impressive. Would like to return and climb up to the ruins.
Written 7 May 2024
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GeneMoser
Hampton, VA6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I saw Duernstrein from below. Even at that distance, it was amazing. Were I ten to twenty years younger, I would have made the climb.
Written 31 January 2024
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ChetTraveler
Eureka, CA88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
I visited Durnstein Castle in August 2016. Good views of Wachau Valley from the castle trail. I guess this is a false review because I visited 5 years prior to Sept 2021. My visit was to remember my 25th great uncle, Richard the Lionhearted while on a river cruise. The beautiful Danube River and Wachau Valley spreads out before you as well as an overview of the town of Durnstein at the base of the trail.
Written 31 August 2022
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia2,414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We visited as part of a shore excursion from our cruise ship. Our activities coordinator offered up a hike to the Durnstein castle ruins. We made the hike around 2:30 pm. It is a hike that will give your heart a workout. And at times you really need to pay attention to the surface that you are walking on. For us it was a fun hike, and the destination, and views were very cool. I am so glad that we made the trip. And the town is very cute. It was quite busy when we walked back through on our way to the ship. We did spend a bit of money in Durnstein. On Liqueurs, candy, and sweet mustard. All were very yummy. If given the chance, I would stop back to Durnstein, and the ruins.
Written 2 June 2022
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Marc_and_Kim_Z
National Harbor, MD3,209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
It’s only about a 500 foot elevation so if you are a little in shape you can do it. Busy with lots of people. Great views from the top.

Highly recommend.
Written 7 August 2021
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F.Luk
Hong Kong, China50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It offers the best view of the Danube Valley on your way up and from the top of the Burgruine. Not to be missed if you come to Durnstein.
Written 9 December 2019
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Jamie H
Glendora, CA149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It was a lot of work hiking up to the castle but so worth it. We had a lot of fun exploring the castle and made some wonderful memories.
Written 12 November 2019
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK2,275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was well worth the walk. I'm not the fittest person in the world but we were able to get up in 25 minutes. The trail is well signed with interesting information boards on the way up to tell us about Richard the Lionheart and the stories of the time.

The ruin itself is very photogenic and offers views down to the Abbey and the Danube.

Allow a further 30 minutes or so at the top to walk around both viewpoints. There is a ruined chapel a dungeon and remains of the walls which fired our imaginations. A free entrance historical sight which is one to recommend for anyone with reasonable degree of fitness.

Look out for the audio station where you can hear the stories of some of the people who would have walked up to the castle centuries ago.
Written 11 November 2019
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RobinB1957
Wolverhampton, UK488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Many reviews mention the word hike to get here. That's overegging the pudding in my opinion as it's more like a slightly strenuous hill climb although I do agree that parts of the descent could be slippery in wet weather. There is more than one route up and down by the way.
The main route is dotted with information boards giving details of Richard Ist's imprisonment and his relationship with his brother John, Saladdin and Leopold Duke of Austria. Overall I think that there's little doubt that Richard was a nasty piece of work and one can understand John's reluctance to bankrupt England to raise the ransom money.That's another debate however so enjoy the ruins and views in this lovely part of the Wachau valley.
Written 31 October 2019
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We hiked up to Castle Kuernriger during a recent stop in Durnstein. The hike was relatively short and on a very easy path. It might be a bit slippery in some spots if the path was wet. We also went early in the day before it was particularly hot. The ruins are interesting and views from them are truly amazing. I would definitely recommend coming up here when you visit. Note that some might find the hike a bit too much, as it is uphill, but if you are reasonably fit, it is not a demanding hike. Both my husband and I are 71 and we found it to be very easy.
Written 24 October 2019
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