A Short Stop in Durnstein

We stopped for a short while in the charming little town of Durnstein. It was very early, so few of the shops were open. But I went out for an early hike to the ruin of Durnstein Castle. It was built 1140-1145 and became famous through the legend of Richard the Lionheart. The legend of Richard the Lionheart says that upon returning from the Crusades, the English King tore up the Austrian flag and refused to share his spoils of war with Leopold V. Consequently, Leopold V held the English King prisoner in the castle from 1192 – 1193.

The view of the Wachau valley from the ruins is worth the hike.

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