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Durnstein River Cruises

About Durnstein 

Nestled in the celebrated Wachau wine-growing region of Lower Austria, Durnstein features on the itineraries of many a Danube cruise. This picture-perfect village offers a scenic contrast to some of the larger cities you’ll visit on a voyage along this celebrated river and the view of it from the Danube is the perfect snapshot of everything that makes cruising the Rhine such an idyllic experience. The town got its name from the medieval castle which overlooks it and indeed, it is this structure which is its single biggest attraction. None other than Richard the Lionheart was held captive here, making it a natural place of pilgrimage and historical curiosity for many UK river cruisers especially. 

Exploring Durnstein 

Dating back to the late 1100s, the aforementioned Durnstein Castle, also known as Kuenringer Castle,  is the main reason you’ll visit the town and indeed, you’ll spot it on its rocky perch overlooking the Danube long before you disembark. Today, it’s little more than a ruin but the structure is still visible and it won’t take too much imagination to cast your mind back to the time when Richard I was held here for a year after returning from one of his Crusades. It was Leopold V Duke of Austria who was responsible; acting on his outrage at the Lionheart’s casting down of his standard at a key battle during the Third Crusade. Though the structure lies in ruins it is truly satisfying to see for yourself a building which played such a key historical role. The view from the castle ruins of the town and river below is pretty special too. 

Durnstein’s other most visible attraction is its striking blue and white church, which is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Austria. The village’s parish church originally started off life as Augustinian monastery and dates back to 1721. Inside, there are some beautiful reliefs and altar pieces to enjoy, courtesy of the celebrated Austrian artist Johann Schmidt. 

Aside from its architectural attractions, Durnstein is a great place to simply relax, take a stroll and drink in the ambience and indeed, the wine. The Wachau is well-known for its wine and despite its small size, Durnstein presents plenty of opportunities to sample some of the regional vintages for yourself. There are local stores as well as restaurants and though no assurance is needed, you’ll find plenty of the wine’s authenticity when you gaze up to the surrounding hillsides, which are resplendent in Wachau vines. 

Durnstein tips 

Durnstein presents the perfect opportunity to pick up some souvenir wine. The village is small and located close to where your ship docks, so you’ll have plenty of time to shop around for a bargain. The convenience of trying before you buy is a bonus, too.

Durnstein Itineraries

Prague

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2539pp
Amsterdam

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Dürnstein

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

9 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2199pp
Regensburg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Vienna

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

9 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £4729pp
Vienna

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Melk

Delightful Danube - Regensburg to Budapest

1 sailing date November 2021
7 Nights From Regensburg, Germany, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5869pp
Passau

Christmas Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Passau, to Passau
Amadeus River Cruises logo CALL
Nuremberg

21 Day Magnificent Europe Prague to London 2019

1 sailing date November 2019
29 Nights From Prague, to United Kingdom , London
APT Cruising logo CALL
Budapest

Vienna and the Blue Danube Budapest to Vienna

3 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vienna
Saga Group logo CALL
Bratislava

Oberammergau and a Four Country Cruise

1 sailing date May 2020
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Munich
Saga Group logo CALL
Regensburg

Gems of the Danube with Prague

2 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2679pp
Budapest

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date July 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp
Bratislava

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3149pp
Budapest

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to Austria , Vienna, Austria
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp
Melk

Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date June 2021
16 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9549pp
Linz

Treasures of the Danube

1 sailing date September 2021
10 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £5219pp
Vienna

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date June 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp
Budapest

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3259pp
Bratislava

Danube Serenade

1 sailing date July 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to Austria , Vienna, Austria
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3149pp

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