Dürnstein castle was documented first time in 1144. It belonged to the Dürnsteiner family until 1192. The castle fell in to disrepair in the 16th century and was abandoned in 1610.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Ales Hotko (8 months ago)
Beautiful castle ruins, one of the best I've seen. But I miss information tables or anything informational about castle and it's history (it would be nice to have it in English and German as many visitors are from abroad).
Ralf Luthin (15 months ago)
Fantastic piece of history. You get a real sense of how royalty lived so many hundreds of years ago. The view incredible from up there
Max Tc (2 years ago)
Sehr schöne Ruine, sehr gut erhalten und der Ausblick ist hervorragend! Die Gegend eignet sich sehr gut für eine Wanderung. Kurz vor der Burg konnten wir uns etwas zu essen und trinken kaufen. Man kann auch mit dem Auto in die Nähe der Burg fahren, Parkplätze sind vorhanden, den Rest des Weges muss man gehen.
Ralf Luthin (3 years ago)
Went for a hike and came across this beauty
Stefan Hosemann (3 years ago)
I've been on a lot of ruins so far, but this one really is one of a kind. Coming from the parking lot, you walk about 10 minutes untill you reach the ruins of Steinschloss. It's really big and almost everything can be explored. It's awesome for kids because they can play and climb, but be careful, some areas are not that safe, one false step and you might break your neck. But if you're careful and do not climb on stuff you will be just fine. It's a really beautiful place, the view is amazing and it's great to hang out and to have a picknick - I hope to come back soon.
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In the 16th century it was probably Hartmann II of Liechtenstein who had the old medieval water castle torn down and replaced with a Renaissance chateau. At the end of the 17th century the chateau was torn down and a Baroque palace was built, with an extensive formal garden, and a massive riding hall designed by Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach that still stands in almost unaltered form.

In the mid-18th century the chateau was again renovated, and in 1815 its front tracts that had been part of the Baroque chateau were removed.

The chateau as it looks today dates from 1846-1858, when Prince Alois II decided that Vienna was not suitable for entertaining in the summer, and had Lednice rebuilt into a summer palace in the spirit of English Gothic. The hall on the ground floor would serve to entertain the European aristocracy at sumptuous banquets, and was furnished with carved wood ceilings, wooden panelling, and select furniture, surpassing anything of its kind in Europe.