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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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2 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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The Danube From Germany to Black Sea

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Rudesheim

From The Black Sea To The North Sea

3 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
25 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Nuremberg

Enchanted Europe - Westbound

5 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
15 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Switzerland , Basel
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Munich

Jewels Of Central Europe - Budapest to Remich

6 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Remich, Luxembourg
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Vilshofen to Budapest

6 sailing dates August 2020 to December 2020
7 Nights From Nice, France to Hungary , Budapest
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7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Passau, Germany
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Blue Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
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Vienna

Across Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

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

Budapest To Vienna

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Passau

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

Budapest To Vienna

1 sailing date October 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Bratislava

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

16 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg

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Melk

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1 sailing date October 2021
4 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
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Passau

Budapest To Vilshofen

2 sailing dates April 2022 to May 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Vilshofen
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Vienna

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

Budapest To Vilshofen

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

Vilshofen to Budapest

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

Vilshofen to Budapest

1 sailing date July 2020
10 Nights From Vilshofen, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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