Blogs from Durnstein, Lower Austria, Austria, Europe


Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Durnstein September 7th 2015

The boat docked and we boarded the bus to do a whistlestop tour around some villages in the Wachau Valley of Lower Austria. This scenic region 80 km northwest of Vienna extends 33 km along both banks of the Danube River. On the left (north/east) bank reside Spitz, Dürnstein and Krems. Opposite on the right (south/west) bank the larger town of Melk dominates with its baroque Abbey. The brochure describes Wachau as follows “Wachau has been dubbed by some as 'the Tuscany of Austria'. Its sculpted and harmonious landscapes resemble works of art, shaped by both man and nature. Find yourself captivated by the beauty of this countryside with its wonderfully preserved villages, castles, compact farms with prominent roofs, orchards in bloom, its roads, forests and, especially, its prestigious hand-built vineyard terraces. Johann Strauss lived in ... read more
Dürnstein Castle ruins above town
Gateway to Krems
Aggstein Castle

Europe » Austria » Lower Austria » Durnstein August 28th 2010

Durnstein On the way to Durnstein we passed more castles along the Danube. Durnstein means on dry rock. The ruined Trifels Castle above Durnstein is the one where Richard III was held captive until discovered by his servant who was searching for him. At each castle the servant posed as a wandering minstrel would sing or whistle the King's favourite song. When Richard sang back the servant knew he had found his king. It was said that Richard was released after payment of the largest ransom ever. The pedestrian entrance to the town appears to be under buildings and perhaps the old city/castle wall. There we entered a courtyard on our left leading to a ticket booth, an art gallery and the Monastery. Perhaps the art gallery building with its ornate ceilings was more interesting than ... read more
Trifels Castle
Blue spire and Monastery Church
Pedestrian entry

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