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.
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)
Dürnstein near Spiegel
There are some other climbing areas in the Wachau like:
- St. Lorenz etc.
: Franz Josefs Bahnhof via Krems to Dürnstein (approx. 80 Minutes)
from St. Pölten
via Krems to Dürnstein (approx. 80 Minutes)
Highway A1 (Westautobahn) to Melk, cross the river Danube and follow the road (B3) to Dürnstein
from north (Czech Republic)
- 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
head for Krems and follow road B3 to Dürnstein
btw. Parking is subject to charges in Dürnstein
;-) 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)
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 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 and Danube
Climbing Wachauer Grat
Climbing - other areas/sectors
Hundreds of cylist do the Donauradweg
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
(site also in English available)
Kletterführer Dürnstein (2 books) by Peter Dunst available at Souvenirshop Blondl in Dürnstein