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    Chorherrenstift (Part 2)

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Here are more photographs of the the Chorherrenstift. If you are interested in visiting this beautiful landmark of Durnstein, the admission fees and opening hours are as follows:

    Admission fee to courtyard, church, exhibition and Danube terrace
    - Per person = 2.40 euros
    - Group of 20 (per person) = 2.00 euros
    - Students and children = 1.50 euros

    Opening hours (1st April to 31st October)
    - Weekdays (9am to 6pm)
    - Sundays and holidays (10am to 6pm)

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    Chorherrenstift (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Chorherrenstift at Durnstein, Austria
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    The Chorherrenstift is a landmark in Durnstein which is not to be missed when you are at the Wachau region of Austria. It is the former Augustinian monastery which was founded in 1410. The Chorherrenstift received its baroque style architecture in the 18th century, with the exterior consisting of many saints and angels adopting various poses on and around the prominent blue colour tower.

    The interior of the Chorherrenstift combines white stucco and dark wood balconies. There is a nice porch overlooking the Danube River. More photographs are at part 2 of this tip.

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    Blondel the Minstrel

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    There is a hotel called Sanger Blondel in Durnstein which you will come across while exploring the town. This hotel is named after the famous Blondel the Minstrel. The legend goes like this (information from internet) .......

    There is a legend that when King Richard the Lionheart disappeared a faithful squire named Blondel the Minstrel went in search of him. As a wandering minstrel Blondel travelled for months over central Europe, vainly seeking for news of his friend, the King of England. At last one day, while singing one of Richard's favorite songs near the walls of the castle where the king was confined (which was Kuenringerburg castle at the hill on top of Durnstein), Blondel heard the song repeated from a window. Blondel the Minstrel recognized the voice of King Richard. From the window Richard told him to let the English people and the people of Europe know where he was confined, and Blondel the minstrel immediately went upon his mission.

    King Richard came home to England in 1194, after a year and a half of captivity (after payment of a huge ransom of 35,000kg of silver). His grateful thanks were given to his faithful friend Blondel the Minstrel.

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    Kuenringerburg (castle)

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Kuenringerburg (castle) at Durnstein, Austria
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    Kuenringerburg is the castle located on top of a hill above Durnstein town, and it is a landmark which can be seen clearly when you approach Durnstein. Between 1192 to 1193, Richard the Lionheart (King of England) was imprisoned at this castle because he has insulted Leopold V, Duke of Austria. Despite disguising himself while travelling through Austria back to England from the holyland, he was still caught and imprisoned. Finally, Richard of Lionheart was freed after payment of a huge ransom of 35,000kg of silver.

    In order to reach the castle, you need to do a climb (about 30 minutes) which I did not have time. The castle itself is destroyed but there are great views of the Danube River and surrounding Wachau area from up here. Another great place to view the scenery is at the Burg Aggstein which is further away (see my VT Krems page).

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    Danube River

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Danube River at Durnstein, Austria
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    The famous Danube River does a curve at Durnstein, and you can see the locals fishing, relaxing at the benches, jogging, cycling etc along the banks of the river. The scenery at Durnstein is very beautiful because there is a backdrop of rolling green hills behind the Danube River, giving a relaxing and romantic atmosphere.

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    Traditional buildings (Part 1)

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    Traditional buildings at Durnstein, Austria
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    There are lots of traditional buildings and houses in Durnstein, with beautiful architecture. Best way to see and photographs these buildings is by walking along the narrow streets. Vehicles are not able to enter the streets, so you will not encounter the noisy traffic. More photographs of the traditional buildings are at part 2 of this tip as well as the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Streets of Durnstein

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 20, 2008

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    The beautiful streets of Durnstein, Austria
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    One of the highlights of Durnstein must be strolling along its beautiful streets surrounded with historical buildings. It is very easy to walk around as the town is quite small, and it is very romantic indeed. Some of the streets will lead you down to the banks of the Danube River where there are walking paths and benches for you to sit and watch the local people fishing, having picnics, cycling etc.

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    Biking or Nordic Walking or Rock Climbing

    by longsanborn Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Nordic walking along the hiking trails
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    The Wachau area is great for outdoor sport or adventure with the family, friends or just solo.

    You can use Dürnstein town as a base for your outdoor sporting adventure. You can park your car outside the town and proceed to either hike up the marked hiking trails up the hills around there, or you can do brisk walking or nordic walking around the vast vineyards, farms and outdoor bike trails.

    After a hard workout, you can relax and enjoy the cool evenings in one of the many local heurigers (wine taverns) which are located all around the area.

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    Hiking up to the Kuenringerburg Fortress

    by longsanborn Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Taking a break on my hike up the fortress ruins
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    Dürnstein town is famous for the Künringerburg Fortress, where it was said that the english King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. The Künringerburg Fortress ruins are located up a hill overlooking the beautiful River Danube, which snakes lazily through the Wachau.

    The story was, on his journey home to England after the 3rd Crusade, King Richard was captured and imprisoned by Babenbergs in the Künringerburg fortress above the village of Dürnstein. A ransom of 35,000 kg (77,100 lbs) of silver was paid and King Richard was released. The ruins of the Künringerburg fortress still exist today. The ruins and its surrounding areas are well-maintained to ensure that the vicinity is safe for visitors and hikers.

    If you are around the Wachau area, and you have lots of time on your hand, do walk up or hike up to the fortress ruins above the Dürnstein and enjoy the breath-taking view of the Danube Valley and the River Danube.

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Weissenkirchen in der Wachau, Autsria

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    I'm not sure if this photo was taken in Durnstein because we did stop to have lunch somewhere so I took this photo of a church as you can see on the left photo...
    Thanks to VT member fipsi, now I know the photo was taken in "Weissenkirchen in der Wachau", the second village after Duernstein, where me, Axel & Matthias had our lunch.
    Definitely for sure along The Danube River.

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    This photo was taken by the road side along The Danube River.
    It was a photo of Burg Aggstein , another castle ruins that I planned to go but couldn't because we were on the other side of the river to reach it !
    Maybe next time, definitely I would reach the top to see the ruins...We then drove to MELK

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    Castle-ruins Dunstein...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    I didn't manage to go as high up to see the castle ruins as we were running out of times, I just snapped a photo that I captured from below.
    It is situated in a dominating postion on the rocky slope above the town & Danube.
    It was erected around 1130 to 1140 by the Kuenrings...

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Written Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    For the memory, here's a photo of myself near this huge tree !

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    The Dunstein Abbey...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    This is the famous Durnstein Abbey !
    The monastery is situated on a rock which projects into the Danube (Donau).
    It's characteristic tower, visible from afar, is the landmark of Dunstein & the Wachau.
    The tower was restored in 1986 to its original colour, blue.

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Written Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    Being in Durnstein was great because it was the nearest for me to see The Danube River ! as the photo shows...

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