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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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.
Auster Music (3 years ago)
Mega
Sasha Poltavsky - vasnas (4 years ago)
The great ruins, I impressed!
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