The Danube Valley

Of the picturesque 16th-century houses and other prominent buildings lining Dürnstein’s streets, the meticulously restored Chorherrenstift is the most impressive. It’s all that remains of the former Augustinian monastery originally founded in 1410; it received its baroque facelift in the 18th century (overseen by Josef Munggenast, among others). Kremser Schmidt did many of the ceiling and altar paintings. Entry includes access to the porch overlooking the Danube and an exhibition on the Augustinian monks who lived here until 1788.

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1. Kuenringerburg

0.22 MILES

Kuenringerburg, the castle high on the hill above the town, is where Richard the Lionheart was incarcerated from 1192 to 1193. His crime was insulting…

2. Domäne Wachau


If you're intent on tasting the best of what the Wachau has to offer, it's a good idea to do a broad range of vineyards, from the innovative family-run…

3. Weissenkirchen Parish Church

2.27 MILES

This 15th-century Gothic church sits on a hilltop overlooking the town; its front doors are approached along a labyrinth of covered pathways. Look out for…

4. Wachau Museum

2.31 MILES

Directly below the church, the tiny, pretty Wachau Museum showcases artists of the Danube School.

5. Schürerplatz

2.84 MILES

Stein's lovely square with the baroque Mazzettihaus at its centre.

6. Rathausplatz


Stein's pretty and impressive central square: look for the 18th-century Steinerathaus.

7. Forum Frohner

3.07 MILES

Part of Krems' Kunsthalle network, this contemporary white cube is named after the artist Adolf Frohner and is housed in the former Minorite monastery. It…

8. Kunsthalle Krems

3.19 MILES

One of the main attractions on Krems' Kunstmeile, the Kunsthalle has a program of changing exhibitions. These might be mid-19th-century landscapes or hard…