Austria - Destination Wachau (Part 3)

Bailliage of Austria
Dürnstein, May 16, 2024

Discovering the enchanting towns and villages
" Hotel Schloss Dürnstein is a true gem in the heart of the Wachau Valley "

Nestled along the banks of the majestic Danube River, Austria's Wachau Valley is a region of unparalleled beauty, characterized by its charming towns, picturesque villages, and stunning landscapes. Stretching between the historic towns of Melk and Krems, the Wachau Valley is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, centuries-old architecture, and UNESCO World Heritage status, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking to explore the heart of Austria.

One of the most iconic towns in the Wachau Valley is Melk, home to the magnificent Melk Abbey. Perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube, it is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

Downstream from Melk lies the charming town of Dürnstein, famed for its medieval castle and vine-covered hillsides. The town's cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings, boutique shops and quaint cafes, making it a delightful place to wander and explore.

Further downstream, the town of Krems awaits, with its well-preserved medieval old town and bustling waterfront promenade. In addition to its larger towns, the Wachau Valley is dotted with picturesque villages that offer a glimpse into traditional Austrian life. For example, Spitz, with its colourful houses and riverside promenade, is a favourite among visitors for its scenic beauty and relaxed atmosphere.

Hotel Schloss Dürnstein, a Chaîne member establishment
Originally constructed in 12th century, Schloss Dürnstein has a rich past, having served as fortress, royal residence, and even a prison for England’s King Richard the Lionheart.

Today, the castle has been lovingly restored and transformed into a luxurious hotel. Many of the rooms offer breathtaking views of the Danube River and surrounding vineyards, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Under the direction of Maître Hôtelier Johannes Christian Thiery the hotel offers guests the opportunity to step back in time while enjoying all the comforts of contemporary hospitality.

The highlight of any stay at Schloss Dürnstein is the exceptional dining experience showcasing the best of Austrian cuisine in a stunning setting. Using locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes, talented chefs create dishes both sophisticated and flavourful, highlighting the surrounding countryside’s bounty.

To complement the cuisine, the hotel has a selection of fine wines, which includes many of the region’s renowned Grüner Veltliner and Riesling varietals. Guests can enjoy wine tastings and pairings, guided by knowledgeable sommeliers who offer insights into the unique terroir and winemaking techniques of the Wachau Valley. For those seeking a truly immersive experience, the hotel also offers wine tours and excursions to local vineyards, where guests can learn about the art of winemaking from the region’s top producers.

In conclusion, Hotel Schloss Dürnstein is a true gem in the heart of the Wachau Valley, offering guests an unparalleled blend of luxury, history, and culinary excellence. Whether you’re savouring a gourmet meal in the castle’s elegant dining room, exploring the region’s renowned vineyards, or simply relaxing in the comfort of your luxurious accommodations a stay at Hotel Schloss Dürnstein is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Prepared by a Chaîne News Online Staff Writer
Researched from various sources. E&OE

Hotel Schloss Dürnstein
Dürnstein 2
3601 Dürnstein

Tel: +43 2711 212

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