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Perched by the river Danube, Dürnstein is one of the most-visited villages in the Wachau Valley wine-growing region and is accessible from both Vienna (1 hour)and Salzburg(2.5 hours). There are over 20 vineyards within stamping distance of Durnstein so the little town makes the perfect starting point for a day's trip through the vines or to an estate to tour the cellars; you can also get to sample some of the Wachau's crisp dry whites at the rustic little heurigen (wine bars) scattered around the region, although they are not open all year around.
The ruins of Kuenringer Castle are situated on the hill above Dürnstein, the fortress where Richard the Lionheart, King of England, was held captive after being captured and held for ransom by Duke Leopold V (a Babenberg). The ransom was apparently used to rebuild Vienna 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.
You can also take a cruise on the river Danube to enjoy a better view of the village. Ask the tour operator to plan you day visit by booking a wine tasting at one of the estates.
Vienna (84 Kms)