Dürnstein Travel Guide

  • Durnstein
    Durnstein
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  • Durnstein
    Durnstein
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    Round Tower
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Dürnstein Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • WALK THE OLD TOWN

    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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  • THE ROUND TOWER

    This Tower I came across on my walk. It was once a bastion of the city walls, no longer needed for that, today it's a private residence. Old town of Durnstein.

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  • ABBEY & 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...

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  • WALK THE ESPLANADE

    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...

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  • Walking 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

    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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  • Rose Garden at Abbey Entrance

    At the right time of year this can be a wonderful place to start your tour of Durnstein---the smell is amazing, especially if you like rose smells! And have a beautiful mother to pose for a photo!

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  • Approaching Durnstein by Riverboat

    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

    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

    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...

    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...

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  • Chorherrenstift---Main Church

    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

    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....

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  • Ruins of the Nunnery

    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

    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...

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  • Former Augustine Convent

    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...

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  • Stiftskirche - Interior of the former...

    The church originally derives from the 15th century but its present appearance is owed to thorough refurbishment in the 1720s, so what you see is purest baroque style. The church is dedicated to the Ascension of the Virgin Mary. Since the convent was closed down in 1788, the church has been serving as parish church of the town, incorporated to the...

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  • Town Hall

    Dürnstein's town hall consists of several houses that have been combined to one complex. The facades are ornated with renaissance ornaments in sgraffito technique, i.e. engraved in layers of plaster in different colours. Don't miss a look into the courtyard.One wing hosts a B&B, so you can even stay in here if you want.

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  • Main Street

    The main street of Dürnstein leads through the town from Steinertor gate tower in the east to the viewpoint outside the castle in the west. Here is where you find most restaurants, souvenir shops etc. Dürnstein is a romantic old town. It attracts its share lot of tourists, but the amount is still bearable, it is not too overrun. The place has not...

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  • The Blue Steeple

    The blue and white steeple of the former Augustine abbey church is Dürnstein's landmark. It is located on a rock terrace adjacent to the river bank, impossible to miss. The colours have been restored in the recent renovation according to the original appearance of the 1720s.The decoration of the steeple follows a theological programme. Statues and...

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Dürnstein Hotels

Dürnstein Restaurants

  • Great stop for tired feet

    It had started back drizzling again on our free time walk through the wonderful village of Durnstein, so we ducked into Durnsteinerhof for a rest, a beer, and something sweet. Ordered a fresh Kaiser beer and some of the local, freshly picked apricot strudel (their word for apricot is Marillen which during this fresh season they put into everything...

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  • Heuriger, local wine and food

    Alter Klosterkeller is a Heuriger, a place that serves local wines and plain local food of good quality. The restaurant is located on the edge of the town next to a vineyard. If the weather allows you can sit on the terrace with a view of the valley. The terrace has a roof, no need to worry about sudden showers. The cosy interior consists of...

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  • A Heurigenlokal (Wine restaurant)

    During the pre-meeting of the Euromeet we came here to have some local food and wine. The restaurant has mainly slightly lighter food which fits to the various sorts of wine they offer. We enjoyed our stay very much sitting outside close to the grape plants. But also for bad weather there is plenty of space inside the restaurant. The interior is...

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Dürnstein Transportation

  • CRUISE THE DANUBE

    When I was by the Danube, I saw a Day Cruise Boat about to call into port.I would love to do a cruise around here amongst the lovely scenery. DDSG DANUBE CRUISES is one of the companies that do cruises along here. You can read more on their website.

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  • WALKING SHORT CUTS

    I think the best way to see historic Durnstein, is to walk. It is situated on the side of a hill, and I happened to be at the bottom beside the Danube River, this meant I had an uphill climb to reach the town centre.What is good, is there are short cuts, in the way of tunnels. I know it means quite a few steps, but I thought it much better than...

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  • Local Trains

    A local train route runs through the Wachau from Krems via Dürnstein to Spitz. In Krems you connect to trains to Vienna and elsewhere.These local trains are small, consist of only one railcar, but they run every hour.

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Dürnstein Shopping

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    the vines outside the town

    by dustmon Written Jun 22, 2010

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    This was a small shop with the fresh apricot brandies and schnapps, along with soaps and other goodies for sale from a friendly staff person. She offered me a taste of the apricot schnapps that I wanted to buy---very gut!

    What to buy: schnapps, soaps, brandy

    What to pay: average cost or less

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Dürnstein Off The Beaten Path

  • Burg Aggstein...

    I was planning to go to the castle ruins of Burg Aggstein but it was on the other side of the road from where we were heading, crossed by the Donau !I managed to take this photo of the Aggstein amid the top of the hill....

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  • Along The Donau...

    If you are in Dunstein, preferably with your own transportations, then the excursions along The Danube is a must !This Wachau areas offer beautiful sceneries, with towns like Melk, Krems, Tulln....& a lot more !Refer to the map (the postcard) on the left...

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Dürnstein Favorites

  • Rainbow trouts

    My wife and I managed to walk past a restaurant in Durnstein and we saw this big fish tank full of rainbow trouts. This is the first time we saw life rainbow trouts, and I think it should be quite a popular dish in Austria judging from the many fishes in the tank :)

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  • Lovely dolls

    When my wife and I were walking along the streets of Durnstein, we came across this shop selling local crafts, and there were these lovely dolls wearing the traditional costumes of Austria. As the dolls would be too big for the luggage, we did not buy them but took some photographs for remembrance instead :)

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  • Beautiful vineyards

    The Wachau region of Austria is famous for its vineyards (this is wine producing countryside) and Durnstein is in the heart of this region. As you approach the town area, there are lots of vineyards which extend to the hills and all the way to the banks of the Danube River. You can even go into the vineyards to have a look and even take some...

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