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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

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Budapest To Nuremberg

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
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Bamberg

Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date November 2021
18 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Regensburg

Christmas & New Year

1 sailing date December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Christmas Markets with Paris

1 sailing date November 2021
18 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Paris
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Regensburg

Gems of the Danube with Bavaria & Oberammergau

4 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Munich
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Amsterdam

Christmas Markets with Paris

2 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Paris
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Regensburg

Danube Christmas Markets - Prague to Budapest

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Regensburg

Danube Discovery- Budapest To Nuremberg

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
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Budapest

Christmas Wonderland with Paris

1 sailing date December 2021
17 Nights From Paris, to Hungary , Budapest
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Regensburg

Danube Christmas Markets - Munich to Budapest

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
7 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Koblenz

Christmas & New Year with Prague

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Bamberg

Jewels of Europe with Greece & Turkey

2 sailing dates July 2021 to August 2021
35 Nights From Piraeus, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Christmas Markets - Budapest to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates November 2021 to November 2022
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Paris

Christmas Markets with Prague & Paris

1 sailing date November 2021
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Salzburg

Gems of Danube with Dame Darcey Bussell nuremberg

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
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Prague

Danube Christmas Markets - Budapest to Prague

2 sailing dates November 2022 to December 2022
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Vienna

Jewels of Europe with Bohemian Sojourn & Oberammer

3 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich
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Passau

Bavaria & Oberammergau with Gems of the Danube

2 sailing dates June 2022 to September 2022
10 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Nuremberg

Danube Christmas Markets - Nuremberg to Budapest

2 sailing dates December 2021 to December 2022
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Salzburg

Gems of the Danube with Bavaria & Oberammergau

3 sailing dates June 2022 to August 2022
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Munich
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