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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 Delights - Munich to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

New Year on the Danube - Munich to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2021
6 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Vilshofen

Delightful Danube - Budapest To Vilshofen

1 sailing date June 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Vilshofen

Delightful Danube Christmas (Westbound)

9 sailing dates August 2022 to December 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Passau

Delightful Danube (Westbound)

2 sailing dates July 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Belgrade

Pearls of The Danube (Southbound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
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Budapest

The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers

1 sailing date March 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Pearls Of The Danube (Northebound)

1 sailing date May 2022
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
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Bratislava

Christmas Markets of Europe-Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3719pp
Rudesheim

Christmas Markets of Europe -Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date December 2023
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3419pp
Prague

Prague & Danube Explorer - Prague to Budapest

9 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £2159pp
Vienna

Delightful Danube Christmas -Vilshofen To Budapest

17 sailing dates March 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6699pp
Bratislava

Danube Serenade (Eastbound) - Vienna To Budapest

18 sailing dates March 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2429pp
Passau

Pearls of The Danube - Vilshofen To Giurgiu

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to , Giurgiu, Romania
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36499pp
Vienna

Danube Serenade (westbound) - Budapest To Vienna

18 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2649pp
Belgrade

Pearls of The Danube - Giurgiu To Vilshofen

1 sailing date May 2023
14 Nights From Giurgiu, Romania, to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £36159pp
Linz

Delightful Danube Christmas (Northbound)

17 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £6699pp
Amsterdam

Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

7 sailing dates April 2022 to September 2022
20 Nights From Paris, to Prague
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Bamberg

Splendours of Europe with Paris

9 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Paris
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Dürnstein

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Prague
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