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Durnstein is a municipality situated in the North Austria, in the region of Niederösterreich. Located on the banks of the River Donau (Danube), it is the wine capital of this area of the country. Its name is due to the castle of "Duerrstein" and its meaning is dry stone. Its origins date back to 1192 and the castle was prison of King Richard I of England, who was captured by the Austrians in the Third Crusade.
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Ruins of the Castle Dürnstein
Inside the Curch (Stiftskirche)
Church of the monastery (Stiftskirche)
Donau River in Dürnstein
Main Street Dürnstein
N 48º 23' 42''
E 15º 31' 13''
The Stiftskirche is a monastery of Baroque style was built on a huge rock from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century, although its beginnings were a chapel erected in 1372 and the crypt of 1400. The monastery church is the element most prominent since their tower more than 40 meters is painted in blue colour typical of the region. The interior of the church is richly decorated with frescoes in the apse and wooden ornaments throughout the interior.
Dürnstein Castle is a medieval castle practically in ruins, of which only some walls and the central staircase are preserved. It is situated on a rocky outcrop about 100 meters above the Danube. The first known mention of the castle is from 1192 when it was imprisoned Richard the Lionheart.
The Starhembergwarte, is an observation tower 10 meters high, located on the top of a hill at 546 meters above sea level and is above Dürnstein Castle. The tower was built in 1895 and named after the landowner of the time, Prince Camillo Heinrich von Starhemberg.
Wachau is the region located on the stretch of the Danube Valley between the cities of Melk and Krems an der Donau, passing through Dürnstein. Following the river there is a trail that runs 40 miles long. Is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2000.
- The entrance to the monastery costs 3.5 €.
- The path to the ruins is about 30 min.
Krems an der Donau