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    STEINER TOR

    by balhannah Updated Aug 3, 2012

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    Steiner Tor

    A visit to KREMS AN DER DONAU is only 8kms away and worth doing.

    The Steiner Tor [entrance to the old town], is one of the most beautiful I have seen!

    It is a landmark of Krems, and the only one of the four town gates preserved. The main tower dating to the late 15th century bears the personal insignia of Emperor Frederick III. Three crests from 1756 decorate the entrance to the town, including the crowned double eagle on a black background.
    Together with the lower road, it has served as the main artery through the historical center of Krems since the Middle Ages and was the one I passed through to enter the town.

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    WALK THE OLD TOWN

    by balhannah Written Aug 3, 2012

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    The old town is wonderful to walk around.
    I saw an old Rathaus, old walls that surround the town of Durnstein, narrow cobblestoned streets, beautiful buildings, ruins and interesting shops.
    In my opinion, it is the only way to see the town.

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    ABBEY & BLUE CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Aug 2, 2012

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    Durnstein Blue church

    From the Esplanade, I had a wonderful view of the exquisite blue and white steeple of the Blue Church.
    Blue, I thought an unusual colour, evidently this it what is was originally painted. Blue & white represents heaven, and grey & yellow represents earth. The Abbey, which is situated behind the Church, is painted in these colours.

    The church has one of the finest baroque towers in all of Austria, and if you can go inside, there is some unique artwork showing the suffering of Jesus Christ and the tabernacle at the altar with 44 images of the life of Jesus.

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    WALK THE ESPLANADE

    by balhannah Written Aug 2, 2012

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    As we were entering Durnstein by car, we were stopped before entering the town by roadworks.
    There was quite a hold-up, so I got out the car and walked the esplanade, a paved path into Durnstein.
    An easy walk, flat and level, and right beside the Danube. I'm glad I did this walk, as from here I had good views of the ruins above the town, I saw houses painted in many different bright colours, and the tour boats on the Danube.
    When I reached the bend of the River, I found the houses were built on top of the cliffs, what a strong foundation they would have.
    There were lots of seats along the way which I imagine would be full on a Summer's day.

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    Walking the streets of Durnstein

    by dustmon Written Jul 5, 2010

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    the streets of Durnstein

    Even when it is drizzling, like when we were there a few weeks ago, Durnstein is still fun to walk the streets, stopping there for a beer, there for a shot of schnapps, here for some warm strudel, and snapping photos all the while. This is prime walking area, with great views on occasion at the edges---take your time and explore--It's not that big!

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    Skeleton Inside the Abbey Church

    by dustmon Updated Jul 5, 2010

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    I love slightly odd sights around the world---I remember very clearly as a 16 year old seeing St James' finger bone in a church in Northern Spain (or maybe Portugal), and this skeleton inside the Durnstein Abbey Church is amazing---Very Indiana Jones-ish looking through the glass.....

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    Approaching Durnstein by Riverboat

    by dustmon Written Jun 23, 2010

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    Durnstein from Viking Sky

    Just kind of a no-brainer, but try and get your camera ready for this shot----an awesome view of the town in all its glory all at once coming in on our Viking Sky cruise ship around 3 in the afternoon.....

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    Durnstein castle ruins

    by dustmon Written Jun 23, 2010

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    Castle Durnstein

    The old Castle ruins are free to visit, after the 30 minute hike up.....Take good shoes for this one, folks...On a sunny day this would be well worth the climb for the view of the beautiful Danube and the Wachau Valley....

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    Entrance to Abbey and Church

    by dustmon Updated Jun 22, 2010

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    Hell indeed

    My son turned 30 this trip, and is an actor/puppeteer/director and poses in front of the Hell plaque in the first courtyard after entering the abbey proper---there are roses in the middle of this courtyard---make sure and look at all the plaques around the outer edge.

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    Durnstein Parish Church Graveyard and boneyard

    by dustmon Written Jun 22, 2010

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    I love finding photogenic cemeteries around the world, and this one rates near the top! There are beautiful iron-scroll work headmarkers galore, with roses blooming amongst them, twining around the iron and stone with their fragrance and color. The enclosed boneyard in the back is astounding in its beauty and simplicity---something very unknown to us westerners....
    A marvelous stop for anyone in Durnstein....

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    Chorherrenstift---Main Church

    by dustmon Written Jun 22, 2010

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    The courtyard, church, exhibits(which are very interesting! some 3-D) and the Danube Terrace are all included in the 2.60 Euro admission, very much worth it, if for nothing else than the views from up top. Take the spiral stairs up if open...

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    Flood Marks

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2010

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    Flood marks on a wall by the river promenade recall the heights of Danube floods that hit the town. The major part of the town is located high enough to be safe but the buildings by the river are prone to damage. The valley is narrow, so the floods reach remarkable levels.
    The small black sign marks the level of the latest big flood in 2002. Compare to the height of some VTers...

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    Ruins of the Nunnery

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    The ruin of a gothic church is a notable landmark in the townscape. This used to be the church of the nunnery of the Poor Clare Sisters. The church is roofless and has long ben out of use. The baroque convent buildings are now used by a hotel.

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    The Castles of Dürnstein

    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 20, 2010

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    In the middle ages Dürnstein was the property of a noble dynasty, the Kuenringer. Their castle is located on top of a rock high above the town. It has long been in ruins. It is the setting of old storeis and legends - Richard Lionheart was imprisoned here for a short time on his return from the Crusades.

    The castle ruin is open all day and can be visited for free. Be prepared for a short but steep hike. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to go up.

    In the times of the Renaissance a new castle was built further down in close vicinity to the town, the Augustine convent and the river. This building is now an upscale hotel.

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    Former Augustine Convent

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jun 20, 2010

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    The Augustine convent was founded in 1410 when canons from Bohemia settled next to an older chapel. The 15th century church, cloister and convent buildings were renovated in the 17th century but were in bad shape again soon after. They were renovated again and achieved their present baroque in the 1720s under the reign of Dean Hieronymus Übelbacher.

    The convent was closed down in the reforms of Emperor Joseph II in 1788. Since then the church has served as parish church of the town.

    A small entrance fee is charged for maintenance of the complex. You get to see the beautiful baroque courtyard and the church (see separate tip), then there is an exhibition about the Augustine order on the ground floor of the convent building. Passing through you reach the terrace around the foot of the steeple, which offers a view of the river and the valley.

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