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Dürnstein Climbing Area

Dürnstein Climbing Area

Dürnstein Climbing Area

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Lower Austria, Austria, Europe

Lat/Lon: 48.39837°N / 15.52209°E

Object Title: Dürnstein Climbing Area

Activities: Hiking, Sport Climbing, Toprope

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 1083 ft / 330 m


Page By: DoJo

Created/Edited: Jul 13, 2007 / Sep 20, 2016

Object ID: 311597

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Dürnstein is situated in the Wachau. Wachau is the valley formed by the Danube river between Melk and Krems (approx. 30 km). The area was settled in prehistoric times ("Venus of Willendorf" was discovered in the Wachau).


Beside Tourism the production of apricots and grapes is an important economic factor in the Wachau. In 2000 Wachau was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.

Dürnstein Ruins Dürnstein Ruins

Beside from the monastery Dürnstein is famous for its ruins above the town, where King Richard I of England (aka Richard the Lionheart) was held captive after his crusade in from December 1192 to March 1193. The castle was destroyed in 1645.

This page covers only the following areas around Dürnstein (btw. mostly Gföhler Gneis):

  • Dürnstein (around the ruins)
  • Kummerstal

Dürnstein Dürnstein near Spiegel
Wachauer Grat Wachauer Grat

There are some other climbing areas in the Wachau like:

  • Weissenkirchen
  • Aggstein
  • St. Lorenz etc.

Getting There

By Train

from Vienna: Franz Josefs Bahnhof via Krems to Dürnstein (approx. 80 Minutes)
from St. Pölten via Krems to Dürnstein (approx. 80 Minutes)

By Car

from Salzburg/Linz: Highway A1 (Westautobahn) to Melk, cross the river Danube and follow the road (B3) to Dürnstein

from Vienna:

  • western Vienna: Highway A1 to Sankt Pölten Ost - S33 Expresswegy to Krems (crossing the river Danube) and follow the road B3 to Dürnstein
  • northern Vienna: Highway A22 to Tulln - Highway S5 to Krems and road B3 to Dürnstein

from north (Czech Republic) head for Krems and follow road B3 to Dürnstein

btw. Parking is subject to charges in Dürnstein

By Ship

;-) also possible - www.donaustationen.at

Climbing, Hiking, Biking

The climbing area in Dürnstein (near the ruins) is the oldest climbing area in the Wachau. The rocks around the ruins offer climbs for beginners but also more difficult routes.

Climbing - Dürnstein

rocks up to 20m - from Dürnstein walk up to the ruins of the castle (Donauturm, Adlerfelsen, Edelweissfelsen etc.) or start at train station an walk up (Spiegel, Bettinaturm and Däumling are easy to reach from the train station)

Dürnstein - Däumling Dürnstein Däumling
Dürnstein Ruins + rocks Dürnstein Ruins

Climbing - Civetta, Donauuferfelsen

The area is situated between the ruin of Dürnstein and Kummerstal. In Jule 2009 the route Transamerikapfeiler at Donauuferfelsen was destroyed by a rockslide (after intense rain).
Transamerikapfeiler - Dürnstein Transamerikapfeiler after the rockslide

within the scope of the cleanup some of the rock had to be blasted - video

Climbing - Kummerstal

offers longer climbs (Don Bosco Grat, Wachauer Grat) follow B3 westwards to Spitz - parking approx. 250m after the tunnel; walk along the road another 500m turn right an follow a small trail up the valley to the climbs
Wachauer Grat Wachauer Grat and Danube
Wachauer Grat Climbing Wachauer Grat
wachauer grat Wachauer Grat
wachauer grat Wachauer Grat

Climbing - other areas/sectors

Aggstein etc.


e.g. Vogelbergsteig


Hundreds of cylist do the Donauradweg

Red Tape

Use Vogelbergssteig when descending from Wachauer Grat or Don Bosco Grat!!

Camping + B&Bs

The nearest camp sites are in Krems and in Rossatz-Arnsdorf (other riverside)

check the Accomodation section of www.duernstein.at for a place to stay

After a nice day climbing stop at a Heuriger (wine garden) for a glass of new wine and some good local food - check the "Heurigen Calender" section at www.duernstein.at


Climbing Links - Topos

Climbing Links - General

Climbing in Wachau (also Dürnstein) Information in German only - sorry the website www.wachauclimbing.net is no longer available


Dürnstein Webcam

Other Links

www.duernstein.at (site also in English available)


Kletterführer Dürnstein (2 books) by Peter Dunst available at Souvenirshop Blondl in Dürnstein


Ancient walls of Dürnstein castleVogelbergsteigVogelbergsteigDürnstein RuinsDürnstein RuinsDead vegetationGranit towers of Dürnstein
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