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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

Amsterdam

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

4 sailing dates May 2020 to May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

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Passau

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

11 sailing dates April 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg

FREE flights and overseas transfers plus HUGE savings of up to £1,300 per couple!

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Prague

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

15 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
11 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Koln

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

17 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Interlude on the Danube - Passau to Passau

1 sailing date August 2021
4 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Bratislava

Christmas Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2020
6 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Belgrade

Rhine, Main & Danube River Cruise from Bucharest

6 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2021
22 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Dürnstein

Paris Escape & Splendours of Europe from Paris

14 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Miltenberg

Prague Highlights & Splendours of Europe

15 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Bratislava

Christmas Markets of Europe from Budapest

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

Prague with Danube Explorer from Prague

2 sailing dates May 2021 to July 2021
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bamberg

European Gems - Budapest to Amsterdam

23 sailing dates March 2021 to November 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Vienna

Danube Discovery

9 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2021
8 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Wachau

The Blue Danube - Westbound

29 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2021
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Dürnstein

Danube Discovery - Nuremberg to Budapest

3 sailing dates October 2020
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Hungary , Budapest

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Vienna

Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

2 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg

Includes HUGE savings of up to 40% plus FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers | LIMITED TIME ONLY!

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Belgrade

Beautiful Blue Danube and Danube Delta

9 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2021
15 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Vienna

Festive Season on a Taste of the Danube

12 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2021
3 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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Melk

Christmas Markets on the Danube

2 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg

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Nuremberg

Danube Christmas Markets Budapest > Nuremberg

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