Just west of Vienna, explore the immensely popular small town of Durnstein in the renowned wine-producing region of the Wachau Valley. This picturesque village is home to a Baroque-style church made famous by Richard the Lionheart. Excursions might include biking tours, wine tasting opportunities, and historic walking tours of the old towns. After you've explored Durnstein, your Danube River cruise continues on to other exciting towns along the river, like Melk, Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava. Let us know when you're ready to start planning your Danube River cruise through Durnstein.
Highlights of Durnstein, Austria While it's certainly not a big city, the charming town of Durnstein, just west of bustling Vienna, is definitely a major cultural center. It was in this town that Richard the Lionheart was held captive en route from the Crusades. While passing through here, make sure to see:
The blue & white baroque church
The former Augustine monastery of the 15th century
St. Kunigunigunde Church and the charnel house, in the old graveyard.
A wine tour through the renowned Wachau Valley.
Your cruise then makes its way on to other major destinations on the blue Danube, like Vienna, Linz, and even neighboring Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia!