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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

Passau

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
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Koblenz

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

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Vienna

Vienna to Munich

1 sailing date June 2019
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Munich
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2179pp
Vienna

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

16 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2269pp
Nuremberg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Prague

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

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

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

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

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

66 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
APT Cruising logo FROM £2559pp
Passau

Blue Danube Revealed

28 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2019pp
Prague

Prague to Budapest

4 sailing dates March 2020 to July 2020
10 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1849pp
Nuremberg

Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3229pp
Budapest

Budapest to Prague

3 sailing dates June 2020 to July 2020
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1849pp
Bratislava

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

18 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Prague, Czech Republic, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1949pp
Bratislava

Classic Prague & Danube Delights

14 sailing dates April 2020 to November 2020
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague, Czech Republic
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1759pp
Frankfurt

Oberammergau Passion Play With Magnificent Europe

1 sailing date July 2020
23 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam, Holland
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Amsterdam

22 Day Grand Voyage of Europe

1 sailing date March 2020
20 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Passau

15 Days Bucharest to Munich

1 sailing date June 2020
14 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Munich, Germany
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Bratislava

The Pearls of the Danube - Roundtrip Vienna

1 sailing date July 2019
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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Bratislava

From the Danube Delta to Prague from Bucharest

5 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
18 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Prague, Czech Republic
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £4589pp
Rudesheim

Splendours of Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2929pp

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