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10   
Historical
  • WACHAU

The earliest historical mention of the place called “Wachova” occurred in 823 AD. “Wachova” originally referred to the town now known as Spitz, and by the 12th Century, “Tal Wachau” (Valley of Wachau) began to mean the region from the town of St. Michael to Watstein, a road bottleneck that lies west of Dürnstein. The region we now know as Wachau, the Danube valley between the settlements of Melk and Krems, first began being used somewhat later on during the Romantic Era.

  • TOWN DÜRNSTEIN

The small town of Dürnstein was built along a narrow strip of land between a steep mountain and the Danube, serving as an important port for ships and regional stronghold throughout its history. In 1019, Emperor Henry II gave this strategic location to the Tegernsee Abbey. The nearby municipality of Unterloiben had belonged to the abbey since 1002, while Oberloiben was under Salzburg’s control. After 1050, various towns in Lower Austria were heartily dedicated to growing, supporting, and defending themselves alongside Saxon ministerials from the Kuenring family. Even nowadays, this era lives on through local sayings and history. The Kuenrings remained true to their foundations: the Cistercian Zwettl Abbey (1137) and the Dürnstein town charter originated with them. On September 1, 1347, Dürnstein became designated as a city for the first time in an official Kuenring inheritance document. On April 26, 1476, Emperor Fredrick III gave Dürnstein its municipal coat of arms. The town’s 650-year anniversary was celebrated with great joy in 1997.

  • ABBEY DÜRNSTEIN

The conversion of the nunnery to the manor of the Chorherren-Stift in the Baroque period and the splendid reconstruction of the latter, the ensemble Dürnstein got essentially the today's famous look.

  • RUIN DÜRNSTIEN

Burgruine Dürnstein was originally built in 1130 by Hadmar I of Kuenring and was destroyed in 1645 during the Thirty Years’ War by Swedish forces; however, the castle was already uninhabitable for some time prior to being demolished.

During 1192-1193, Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was imprisoned her.
Historical
  • WACHAU

The earliest historical mention of the place called “Wachova” occurred in 823 AD. “Wachova” originally referred to the town now known as Spitz, and by the 12th Century, “Tal Wachau” (Valley of Wachau) began to mean the region from the town of St. Michael to Watstein, a road bottleneck that lies west of Dürnstein. The region we now know as Wachau, the Danube valley between the settlements of Melk and Krems, first began being used somewhat later on during the Romantic Era.

  • TOWN DÜRNSTEIN

The small town of Dürnstein was built along a narrow strip of land between a steep mountain and the Danube, serving as an important port for ships and regional stronghold throughout its history. In 1019, Emperor Henry II gave this strategic location to the Tegernsee Abbey. The nearby municipality of Unterloiben had belonged to the abbey since 1002, while Oberloiben was under Salzburg’s control. After 1050, various towns in Lower Austria were heartily dedicated to growing, supporting, and defending themselves alongside Saxon ministerials from the Kuenring family. Even nowadays, this era lives on through local sayings and history. The Kuenrings remained true to their foundations: the Cistercian Zwettl Abbey (1137) and the Dürnstein town charter originated with them. On September 1, 1347, Dürnstein became designated as a city for the first time in an official Kuenring inheritance document. On April 26, 1476, Emperor Fredrick III gave Dürnstein its municipal coat of arms. The town’s 650-year anniversary was celebrated with great joy in 1997.

  • ABBEY DÜRNSTEIN

The conversion of the nunnery to the manor of the Chorherren-Stift in the Baroque period and the splendid reconstruction of the latter, the ensemble Dürnstein got essentially the today's famous look.

  • RUIN DÜRNSTIEN

Burgruine Dürnstein was originally built in 1130 by Hadmar I of Kuenring and was destroyed in 1645 during the Thirty Years’ War by Swedish forces; however, the castle was already uninhabitable for some time prior to being demolished.

During 1192-1193, Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart, was imprisoned her.