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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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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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Spend a day discovering Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley on this trip along the Danube River from Vienna. Led by a local guide, pass the vineyards, abbeys, and forests of the countryside as you learn about the area’s rich history. Top off your day trip with a boat ride (summer only) to Melk along the Danube where you visit a Benedictine abbey overlooking the river or an Austrian meal in a local restaurant (winter only). Your excursion concludes with transportation back to Vienna.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.23
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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 (not included in tour price), and enjoy numerous local wine samples included in the tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.13
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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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$177.79
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Wachau Valley Small-Group E-Bike Tour

Wachau Valley Small-Group E-Bike Tour

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The Wachau Valley is known for being a popular wine region in Austria. Enjoy the ultimate hassle-free tour in the great outdoors. After traveling in a private van to Krems from your agreed meeting point, you’ll be given a helmet and a bike to start your guided bike tour. You won’t have to worry about losing your fellow cyclists as you’ll be in a small group which is limited to eight people. See six villages, and enjoy wine tastings in the beautiful Wachau Valley.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

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See the heart of Austria’s wine region on a private day trip to the Wachau Valley from Vienna. Led by an expert guide, visit a traditional wine tavern to sip and swirl local blends. Then head to the medieval town of Dürnstein to taste local chocolates, schnapps and more. Summer travelers also enjoy a cruise to Melk along the Danube River, while winter trips include a leisurely lunch at the wine tavern. Before returning to Vienna, top off your day at Melk Abbey to admire the town’s historic Benedictine Monastery.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

From Vienna: Dürnstein and Wachau Cruise

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Swap the cosmopolitan city of Vienna for the quaint charm of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a sightseeing cruise from Vienna. Rather than requiring you to arrange multiple transfers separately, this package takes care of all travel logistics and gives you free time to spend in the village of Dürnstein.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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$70.40
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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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$137.69
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Exhibition Discovery of Valuable in Dürnstein Abbey

Exhibition Discovery of Valuable in Dürnstein Abbey

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The abbey and its blue church tower on the Danube tell a story. This provides insights into a baroque world of thought that is more relevant today than ever. The included audio guide (D, E, I, F, ESP) helps better understanding and brings the zeitgeist of this era to life ... The highlight of every tour is the view from the Danube terrace onto the blue church tower and the Wachau, and at the end a visit to the collegiate church.
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  • 20 minutes to 1 hour
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$10.74
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Salzburg to Vienna via the World Heritage Region Wachau

Salzburg to Vienna via the World Heritage Region Wachau

Take a journey from Salzburg to Vienna to discover the natural beauty of the Salzkammergut Lake District on this all-day private tour. The itinerary highlights include stops at the charming village of Mondsee, Lake Attersee (which served as inspiration for artist Gustav Klimt’s landscape paintings), and Duernstein where you’ll learn about the legend of Robin Hood. The tour ends with a drop-off at your Vienna hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,574.22
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Private Hallstatt tour from Vienna

Private Hallstatt tour from Vienna

Experience the lakeside village Hallstatt and the Austrian lake district in style, on an 8-hour private tour from Vienna with a tour end in Salzburg where you can end your day in your Salzburg city hotel or optional, take the train back to Vienna (it is a ride of about 2h30min). Nowhere else are the most beautiful features of Austria situated as closely together as they are in the Lake District, known by locals as the “Salzkammergut". The combination of mountains, lakes, and one of the most beautiful lakeside villages of the world, makes this region in Austria absolutely unique. - Private sightseeing tour - Hotel pick up in Vienna - Make the most of your time with a private tour - End the tour at your Salzburg hotel or optional go back by train (2hrs20min)
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  • 9 hours
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$621.35
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Dürnstein Abbey and Afternoon Tea in Dürnstein Castle

Dürnstein Abbey and Afternoon Tea in Dürnstein Castle

The Dürnstein Abbey and its blue church tower on the Danube tell a story. This provides insights into a baroque world of thought that is more relevant today than ever. The included guided tour in German or the audio guide (D, E, I, F, ESP) helps you to understand better and brings the spirit of the era to life ... The highlight of every tour is the view from the Danube terrace onto the blue church tower and the Wachau, and at the end a visit to the collegiate church. The trip to the Wachau ends with an afternoon tea in the stylish ambience of the 5-star Relais & Chateaux Hotel Schloss Dürnstein.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$40.57
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$40.57
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Private Tour: Vienna to Salzburg via Wachau heritage region

Private Tour: Vienna to Salzburg via Wachau heritage region

Take a journey from Vienna to Salzburg to discover the natural beauty of the Salzkammergut Lake District on this all-day private tour. The itinerary highlights include stops at the charming village of Mondsee, Lake Attersee (which served as inspiration for artist Gustav Klimt’s landscape paintings), and Duernstein where you’ll learn about the legend of Robin Hood. The tour ends with a drop-off at your Salzburg hotel. - Since this is a private tour, the itinerary can be customized - Sightseeing and transfer combo experience from Vienna - Travel to Salzburg and check out the sights along the way
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$605.81
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Wachau for Adventurers

Wachau for Adventurers

Before we start our hike in the surrounding hills, we visit the famous medieval town of Duernstein. The hiking trail is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole Wachau region and offers fantastic views over the valley. The unique landscape has an almost Mediterranean touch with its holm oak forests. As well, we will visit the striking and well-preserved castle ruins of Duernstein before ending the day in one of the local wine taverns (optional).
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  • 6 hours
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$190.92
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Gems of Wachau Hike

Gems of Wachau Hike

On this tour, we will see parts of the towns of Stein and Dürnstein. We will enjoy spectacular views on vineyards, the Danube and the surrounding UNESCO protected landscapes while following antique wine trails. Get to know the Wachau valley on foot and discover the landscape in a way you could never have done from a bicycle, car or boat. Smell it, taste it, feel the soul of it!
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$190.92
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Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine Tour

Wachau Valley Kayak & Wine Tour

Running for 33 kms between Melk and Krems, the Wachau valley is the most beautiful stretch of the entire Danube River. Home to rolling hills, ancient castles, picture postcard villages and steeply terraced vineyards, the Wachau also produces some of Austria's finest wines. Your private kayaking excursion, with our specialist kayak instructor and Austrian wine expert, showcases this amazing natural region like no other...
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$831.00
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$831.00
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Private Tour from Salzburg to Budapest via Vienna

Private Tour from Salzburg to Budapest via Vienna

With booking this 3-day tour from Salzburg to Budapest you will cover some of the top hotspots of central Europe. This scenic drive from Salzburg to Vienna encompasses the best of Austria with villages, castles, mountains, the Danube river valley and world heritage regions like the Wachau at the Danube, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk and finally Vienna. Vienna’s UNESCO heritage sites are the historical old town and palace and park of Schoenbrunn. Finally, you will visit Budapest on your 3rd day which is also to find in the UNESCO heritage list. The drive from Vienna to Budapest is not the charming, still it is one of the most comfortable ways to get from your Vienna hotel to your Budapest hotel. The tour from Salzburg via Vienna to Budapest is just perfect for first-time visitors of these famous cities and areas.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,876.46
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$1,876.46
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Private Salzburg City Tour from Vienna

Private Salzburg City Tour from Vienna

Discover the city of Salzburg and the surrounding region on this full-day sightseeing tour from Vienna. Learn about the history and the people in Salzburg. Enjoy the must sees in the city of Salzburg like Hellbrunn palace, Leopoldskron palace, Salzburg old town, and more. At the end of the day either take the train back to Vienna, or end the day at your Salzburg hotel. -Private sightseeing tour -Hotel pick up in Vienna
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$621.35
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,707.27
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$1,707.27
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Private tour from Salzburg to Vienna

Private tour from Salzburg to Vienna

Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of the Salzkammergut Lake Disrict and the World Heritage Region Wachau on an 8-hour trip from Salzburg with tour end in Vienna. Explore the town of Duernstein and the Legend of Robin Hood. Since this is a full day private tour your itinerary can and will be changed if you so desire.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$623.39
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$623.39
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Should I book Dürnstein tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Dürnstein can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Dürnstein 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Dürnstein costs USD 10.74. Guided Dürnstein tours start around USD 10.74 per person.
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