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Cruises to Durnstein (Krems)

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About Durnstein (Krems)

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.

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Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Emerald Cruises
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Leaving:Passau
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
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Leaving:Passau
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Leaving:Budapest
Cruise Line:Viking River Cruises
Mar 15, 2023
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Aug 4, 2022
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Why go to Durnstein (Krems)?

Pros:

Krems, in the Wachau Valley, is a short drive away; try the endemic gruner veltliner wine

Cons:

The spellbinding Kuenringer Castle is much farther than it appears, and a strenuous hike to the top

Bottom Line:

The port is a time machine to the medieval era; at night, this tiny town casts a magic glow


Durnstein (Krems) Cruise Reviews
This was a delightful tour. We walked into the beautiful little town which is surrounded by vineyards and then we did the Apricot products tasting. Yummy! Liqueur and brandy, jam and chocolate! Read More
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AngieS
The Scenic Jasper was docked within an easy walking distance. Explored the Monastery and wandered through the cobbled streets. Durnstein is gorgeous - one of my favourite places.Read More
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Light03
The river boat had an unscheduled 90 minute stop at Krems which put the boat at the smaller Stein. We walked about this town with few shops open One of the three churches was open for visits. The locals stated theRead More
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Mary Seas
Great experience. The monk was very informative and interesting. Beautiful location.Read More
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