On our trip down the Danube, we had a morning stop in Dürnstein, Austria. Dürnstein is a charming little town, named after Castle Dürnstein on the hill (now in ruins). The castle was built in the late 11th century, and Richard the Lionheart (Richard I of England) was kept prisoner there in 1192. The castle was destroyed in the 1600’s.
We took a hike through town and up the hill to the castle ruins.
Can you spot Larry in the photo below?
We had beautiful views from the top of the hill.
Durnstein is a charming little town with narrow streets and cute homes.
Not to be missed is their beautiful cemetery.
We were lucky with our timing, since we were there when Sturm was available.
Sturm is a lightly fermented beverage made from freshly pressed grapes. It’s also known as “new wine”. It’s only available for a few weeks when they’re harvesting the grapes. It was quite tasty, but didn’t taste at all like grapes. Instead, it tasted sort of like hard lemonade.
The Wachau region also produces a lot of apricot products. We had chocolate with apricot brittle in it, and delicious Marillenlikor (apricot liqueur). We even had a taste of some unfiltered apricot liqueur made by one of the town residents.
More photos of Durnstein here.
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