Durnstein (Krems) Cruise Port
Port of Durnstein (Krems): An Overview
If you sail in at night, it will be hard to ignore the eerily lit Durnstein Castle, (also known as Kuenringer Castle), which overlooks the small town named after it. Durnstein, in Lower Austria, is a port often visited on Danube River cruises. From there, it's a short 10-minute drive into nearby Krems, which is a popular wine-growing region in the Wachau Valley. By car, Durnstein is about an hour outside of Vienna.
Durnstein (meaning dry stone, because it's up so high) Castle is an undeniable draw for tourists, first mentioned in the 12th century as the location where Richard the Lionheart of England was held captive by Leopold V during the Third Crusade. It's a somewhat strenuous climb entirely uphill to the top, but most find that the views of the Danube and the town below are well worth the hike. A stretch of cobblestone street doubles as a pedestrian walkway through the quaint shops and eateries of the town (home to just more than 800 residents).
If your cruise line offers an optional excursion to a vineyard in Krems, be prepared to sample some fabulous white wines, as Austria is known for its award-winning Riesling and other varietals. Krems is also known for being the primary producer of Marillenschnaps, an apricot brandy. If you're interested in touring the city but don't imbibe, there's plenty to see. Krems is about 27 times larger than Durnstein, and it offers plenty of medieval architecture, including Steiner Tor, a gate erected in 1480.
Durnstein (Krems): Avalon PanoramaSupcoop3It was a nice, small town. the tour guide totally omitted the church, which was a highlight to us. We found it on our own and enjoyed it. ... Read more
Small town but enjoyable. ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): Viking JarlMuktuk13We took the included walking tour in Krems. The guide was informative and we were able to explore the exterior of an amazing castle. The tour ended in a very large town square. It was a holiday and many of the shops were closed, but we took ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): Viking VilhjalmTraveler 2010A lovely little town to wander in and where the shop keepers were wonderful. ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): S.S. Maria TheresaUESCruiserWhat a delightful and beautiful small town! After the 20 mile bike ride here from Melk, we opted to walk around for a couple of hours. The views of the Wachau Valley from the ruins of Kuenringer Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned, ... Read more
Interesting walk through town ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): Viking Vilhjalmsleep2eatfun small town with great wine ... Read more
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