Durnstein Tour in Danube Valley Tour Guide:
Nestled on the banks of the scenic Danube River, in one of the more scenic sections of the Danube Valley, Durnstein is a quaint town full of charm that appears to have come straight out of a fairy tale. Set on a valley, with a river twisting its way below and a castle (albeit in ruins), high above, the Durnstein town boasts a medieval charisma to this day, and this very fact, enchants its visitors and endears it to tourists cruising the Danube or exploring Wachau by motor coach or even a bicycle.
The Durnstein Castle is a major landmark of the town; it is visible from almost all areas and is the first sight that you see when you cruise down the Danube. Perched high-atop the hill, the Durnstein Castle might be in ruins, but it is still as imposing as it was in its earlier days. Purportedly, the castle was the site, where an Austrian Duke had imprisoned King Richard I of England or Richard the Lionheart. Hiking enthusiasts will love the hour-long hike to the Castle ruins and back; from the top, exquisite views of the Wachau Valley, Durnstein Town and the Danube River can be enjoyed.
In the Durnstein town, stroll along the cobbled pathways of Hauptstrasse, the principal artery lined on either side by expertly maintained resplendent 16th century houses that retain their original grandeur. Stop by at one of the many wine processing facilities for sampling the sparkling wine for which the region is famous; indulge your palate with delicious apricot dumplings, brandy and other preparations; and shop for souvenirs. The 15th-century Baroque Stiftskirche or Durnstein Church with its exquisite Blue Tower is also worth a visit. If visiting during the winter months, do visit the Durnstein Christmas Market.