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Dürnstein Tours

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Dürnstein
Sitting on the Danube River in Lower Austria, Dürnstein is one of the most-visited villages in the Wachau Valley wine-growing region and is accessible from both Vienna and Salzburg. It’s a charming mix of medieval and Baroque architecture, with labyrinthine cobbled lanes and pastel-hued houses with red-tiled roofs. Full of traditional Austrian restaurants and stores selling local vintages, it’s the perfect lunchtime stopover on driving, cycling or walking tours through the valley. Often packed out by day – especially in summer – by night most visitors have left and the village reverts to its tranquil, romantic best.

Dürnstein Abbey perches right on the edge of the Danube, its stately blue Baroque tower is a local landmark. Although first mentioned as a nunnery in 1289, by the 16th century it had become an Augustine monastery and 200 years after that it was given its present Baroque facelift.

The ruins of Kuenringer Castle (also known as Burgruine Dürnstein), in which English King Richard the Lionheart was famously imprisoned on his way back from the Crusades in 1192, stand on a jagged promontory overlooking the town. According to legend, Richard’s minstrel Jean Blondel rescued him from captivity and it is Blondel’s name you will seen on several of Dürnstein’s bars and hotels. It’s a breathless 30-minute scramble up to the castle but rewarding for some of the best views along the Wachau Valley.

There are over 20 vineyards within stamping distance of Durnstein so the little town makes the perfect starting point for a day’s trip through the vines or to an estate to tour the cellars; you can also get to sample some of the Wachau’s crisp dry whites at the rustic little heurigen (wine bars) scattered around the region, although they are not open all year around.

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Dürnstein is one hour from Vienna and 2.5 from Salzburg; from Vienna trains from Franz-Josefs Station run to nearby Krems, then take WL1 bus to Dürnstein itself. Danube River cruises run hourly through the summer and stop at the riverfront quay. As Dürnstein is a pedestrian-only zone, there are parking areas for cars and bikes racks below the village.
Address: Dürnstein, Austria
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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Get a true taste of the Austrian countryside on this day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Your guide leads the way through charming villages and scenic landscape, making stops at UNESCO-listed sites such as the medieval town of Dürnstein. Relax with an authentic lunch at a local wine tavern (own expense) and taste the region’s best wines in a small, intimate cellar. Between May and September, your day trip will also include a Danube River cruise between the villages of Spitz and Melk.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$153.12
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Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from Vienna

Wachau Valley Wine Tasting Bike Tour from Vienna

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This full-day bike tour from Vienna gives you the opportunity to enjoy the idyllic Austrian countryside and sample locally produced wines. Feel energized on a state-of-the-art bike, as you cycle past lush valleys, quaint villages and rolling vineyards. Take a gentle route with regular breaks, enjoy free time to relax by the Danube or climb to a hilltop castle, sit down for lunch enjoy and numerous wine samples included in the tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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US$99.70
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4-Hour Private Alpine Hiking Tour 'In the footsteps of king Lionheart'

4-Hour Private Alpine Hiking Tour 'In the footsteps of king Lionheart'

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Take a break from the busy Vienna streets on a 4-hour private group hike in the Wachau Valley. Provided transportation takes your group of maximum four people from the city and into the valley. Follow your guide on a moderate hike through forests, around rock formations, and past castle ruins. Afterwards, take time to poke around the small town of Dürnstein, then unwind during the return journey to the city.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$136.96
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Private Tour from Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy including Salzburg

Private Tour from Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy including Salzburg

With this private tour you will have the most comfortable possible travel from Vienna to Venice and also you’ll stay one day at the Sound of Music City Salzburg. Next to having the fastest option in getting from Vienna to Venice you will also receive all comforts in Venice with the private motor taxi boat which will bring you straight to your Venice Hotel without even touching your luggage and without any walking. Both travel days, Vienna to Salzburg and on the 3rd day from Salzburg to Venice is not just a transfer, you will combine your travel between the cities with one of the best sightseeing options available in the area. At day one you will see the World Heritage Site Wachau and some lakes at the lake district. On day 2 you will explore the World Heritage City Salzburg. And finally, on day 3 you will visit beautiful Carinthia, not yet known as international sight, it is still more an area visited by the locals and Europeans. From there it is a senic drive to Venice.
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  • 3 days
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US$1,698.24
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