We spent an afternoon following the footsteps of King Richard I Lionheart of England, who was imprisoned here in the castle above the charming town.
* All photos in this article were taken with a Sony Alpha 7 full frame camera with 24-70mm lens. The photos were resized from JPEGs from the camera and have not been edited.
Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube river in the Krems-Land district in Austria.
The wine growing Wachau region in the Danube valley is a popular tourist destination with plenty of pretty little towns, including Melk -where the the famous Stift Melk abbey is located.
From there we took a steep path up to the castle ruins which overlooked the town.
After 25 minutes of tough ascent, we reached the ruins which was much higher, further and larger than it appeared from the town.
Plenty of children, including ours, were clamouring up and down amidst the ruins from which we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Danube Valley below us.