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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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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Rudesheim
    • Day 5
      Rudesheim
    • Day 6
      Miltenberg
    • Day 7
      Wurzburg
    • Day 8
      Bamberg
    • Day 9
      Nuremberg
    • Day 10
      Regensburg
    • Day 11
      Passau
    • Day 12
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 12
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 13
      Vienna
    • Day 14
      Vienna
    • Day 15
      Bratislava
    • Day 16
      Budapest
    • Day 17
      Budapest
    Ship Details

    Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

    Cons

    Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour

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    Crystal Mahler Reviews

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    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Launched in 2017 as one of the first of Crystal River's "Rhine Class" vessels, Crystal Mahler d...

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    richminn
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    First but not last time Crystal
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    River cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Passau
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    Viking Vilhjalm - Viking River Cruises

    Large number of balcony cabins

    Complimentary wine, beer and soda with lunch and dinner

    Culture-rich daily excursions included in the fare

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    Viking Vilhjalm Reviews

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    0.0/5

    Reflecting the heritage of Viking's Norwegian-born founder, Torstein Hagen, Viking Vilhjalm is ...

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    InsureFun
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Very disappointing
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    Don Blue
    Sail Date Aug 2018
    Danube Waltz Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
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    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

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    AmaMagna Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

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    Mmsq
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Wonderful 50th anniversary cruise!
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    Sail Date May 2019
    Amazing week on the AmaMagna !!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Passau
    Visiting:
    Passau, Linz ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Passau
    • Day 2
      Passau
    • Day 3
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 4
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Bratislava
    • Day 7
      Budapest
    • Day 8
      Budapest
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    Viking Prestige - Viking River Cruises

    Cruises Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers

    Shore tours at each port included in the cruise fare

    Riverboat has six single occupancy cabins

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    Viking Prestige Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value5.0

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    LilyGE
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Wonderful experience
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    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Cruise was good. Leaving the ship was not.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (Viking River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 5
      Passau
    • Day 6
      Regensburg
    • Day 7
      Nuremberg
    • Day 8
      Nuremberg
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    Viking Embla - Viking River Cruises

    One of the line's newest Longship-class boats

    Free shipwide wireless Internet

    Try your hand at cuckoo clock-making, wooden shoe-carving or glassblowing

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    Viking Embla Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    The modern, yet contemporary design found throughout Viking Embla -- one of the original Longsh...

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    rosapdx
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Beautiful and interesting ports of call
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Excellent cruise and professional staff; great tours
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal River Cruises
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    16 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (Crystal River Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Bratislava
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Vienna
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Emmersdorf
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Passau
    • Day 8
      Regensburg
    • Day 9
      Regensburg
    • Day 10
      Nuremberg
    • Day 11
      Bamberg
    • Day 12
      Wurzburg
    • Day 13
      Miltenberg
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Koblenz
    • Day 15
      Cologne
    • Day 16
      Amsterdam
    • Day 17
      Amsterdam
    Ship Details

    Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

    Cons

    Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour

    Reviews

    Crystal Mahler Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    Launched in 2017 as one of the first of Crystal River's "Rhine Class" vessels, Crystal Mahler d...

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    pickypicky
    Sail Date May 2019
    WE WERE NOT "CRYSTALLIZED"
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    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Crystal handles itinerary changes well
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Vienna ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    AmaWaterways
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    7 Night Cruise to Durnstein (Krems) Route (AmaWaterways)
    • Day 1
      Budapest
    • Day 2
      Budapest
    • Day 3
      Vienna
    • Day 4
      Vienna
    • Day 5
      Durnstein (Krems)
    • Day 6
      Linz (Salzburg)
    • Day 7
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    • Day 8
      Vilshofen an der Donau
    Ship Details

    AmaMagna - AmaWaterways

    Pros

    Some of the best and biggest cabins we've seen on a river cruise ship

    Cons

    Double-wide size limits itineraries to the Danube River

    Bottom line

    Boutique hotel feel and multiple restaurants appeal to river cruisers who fear onboard boredom

    Reviews

    AmaMagna Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    At double the width of most other cruise ships sailing the Danube River, AmaMagna stands out from ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    chimay53
    Sail Date May 2019
    Attention to Detail
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    Sail Date Jul 2019
    The ultimate luxury river cruise experience
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Durnstein (Krems)

    Leaving:
    Budapest
    Visiting:
    Budapest, Bratislava ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Viking River Cruises
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