Photos courtesy of Hotel Schloss Dürnstein
Singles: 159–189 euros
Doubles: 209–339 euros
Rates include tax, service, and buffet breakfast.
Open: beginning of April to the end of October
Trains leave Vienna from Franz Josef Bahnhof; change in Krems or take taxi. Boat from Vienna on Sundays during summer.
On site: swimming; sauna
Nearby: hiking; rock climbing; bicycling; tennis; golf; river cruises; castle exploring; Heurigen
Yes. Inquire hotel for details.
Traveling on a paddle-wheel steamer up the Danube is one of Austria’s best experiences. Mile after mile of forest- and vineyard-covered hillsides dotted by castles pass before your eyes.
At one turn in the river, the idyllic town of Dürnstein comes into view. Flowers cascade from the balconies of 500-year-old houses, and a baroque church tower marks an ancient monastery. When your boat pulls up in front of a golden-hued Renaissance palace, you’ve arrived.
Public rooms at the Hotel Schloss Dürnstein are appointed with gilt mirrors, oil paintings, Oriental rugs and antiques, including the white ceramic stoves typical of grand Austrian estates.
Guestrooms range from the small and simple to the large and ornate. For a splurge, stay in the Prince’s or Baroque suite, which features carved ceilings, antiques, chandeliers, and blissfully comfortable feather beds.
Outdoor terrace restaurant with a stunning view of the Danube
Dürnstein is one of the most romantic villages in Austria.