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.
We were basically on our own in Krems but we enjoyed walking around this very quaint town. Prior to arriving here we visited Melk Abbey which is a breathtaking structure that overlooks the entire countryside. ... Read more
This was my favorite in terms of a beautiful picturesque city. ... Read more
We had a Sundowner here. It was fun! The musicians seemed to really enjoy entertaining us and they had us all smiling! ... Read more
Great tour guide and beautiful scenery. ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): BeethovenHorseddsClimb to castle ruins was GREAT!!! Don't miss it if you like to hike!! ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): Scenic JewelChris LeonardVisited a bar restaurant in Durnstein as a "Sundowner" experience which was very enjoyable. A cold plate with cheeses and meats produced locally was washed down with local wine, and the local musicians managed to get everyone to join in. ... Read more
Durnstein (Krems): Scenic Jadebrianherona very pretty village to wander around for a short stay. not enough time to go up to the castle. ... Read more
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