Amidst unique and impressive Wachau scenery - a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 - Hotel Schloss Dürnstein thrones high above the Danube river. The Dürnstein Castle and Monastery was built in 1630, and is now an elegant 5 star hotel with all modern comfort but still as gorgeous as 4 centuries ago . The Hotel Schloss Dürnstein boasts 47 rooms, each an original. The furniture evokes the styles of Baroque, Biedermeier and Empire. The cuisine will become unforgettable, it combines regional and international specialties. Not to mention the wine list with the best wines from Austria and the rest of the world. Lunches and dinners are served on the famous terrace overlooking the Danube River. The bar is on the ground floor next to the lobby and invites you for a pre-dinner cocktail or simply for setting an unforgettable end to a delicious dinner. Not only curious and literary interested people enjoy the intimate atmosphere in the hotel's library but also anyone who enjoys the little extra to normal standards.
The hotel also has one of the finest indoor and outdoor swimming pools in Austria. And you can also enjoy the sauna, steam bath and fitness room on rainy days.
One of the seasonal highlights at the Hotel Schloss Dürnstein are the midsummer night celebrations in June.
In walking distance you'll find a beautiful place for private relaxation. This natural Pond can be rent for individual use at a rate of € 180,00 for a full day (maximum 8 hours) and € 90,00 for half a day (maximum 4 hours). These rates are not for groups but certainly families and groups of friends who stay in the hotel can use it at this rate.
We would be pleased to make a reservation for you.
For further information please ask at Front Desk! This area as well as the adjacent cellar can be used for private functions (wine tastings, barbecues, etc.) and we would be happy to make an individual offer to you.
"The artist's vocation is to share his skills with others"
The art gallery founded by the artists' couple Danuta & Janusz Strzalkowski was founded by the two academics in 1984. Since the year 2000 a large selection of works by the two artists Janusz and Danuta has been successfully presented in the premises of the Hotel Schloss Dürnstein.
Different styles from realism, impressionism, and dynamic abstract painting unite here in one place and have been supplemented since 2012 by the works of the common daughter, Kalina Strzalkowski.
The art gallery and its artists perform individual commissioned works such as portraits, copies and compositions, which are reflected both in the motifs of the Wachau, as well as in the art of landscape painting, as well as in abstract works. In accordance with the mission statement "The artist's vocation is to share his skills with others", the artists allow their audience a direct insight into the creative process.
We would be pleased to invite you to the private house studio in Grafenwörth by telephone on +43 699 11694528:
Hofgartensiedlung 29, 3484 Grafenwörth.
Where work, life and exhibition unite.
Janus (Janusz Strzalkowski) was born in Warsaw.
He studied at the academy of fine arts in his hometown from 1974 to 1979 and graduated with a diploma.
In 1981 he came to Austria.
Since 1983 he has been a member of the Association of Professional Artists of Austria and founded the Atelier Gallery in his house.
In 1986 he was granted Austrian citizenship.
In 1991 he received from the Polish state the order for special services for culture and art.
Danuta Strzalkowski (artist's name "Danuta") was born in Warsaw.
She studied foreign trade at the Academy of Economics in Warsaw. After completing her studies she decided to go to the Kunstakademie.
In 1981, shortly before the exceptional state was imposed, she left Poland to go to Austria.
In 1986 she was granted Austrian citizenship.
In 1991, the Polish government awarded Danuta Strzalkowski the Order for special merits for art and culture.
Kalina Strzalkowski was born on June 18, 1988 in Krems on the Danube.
In 2008 she began her studies in the graphics class under the direction of Univ. Prof. Gunter Damisch, at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien and finished it in 2015 with distinction.
Her work is, at first sight, the abstract space; however, a more complex context can be seen in the closer examination. Observations of the society, its dynamism and its character, it lends its own aesthetics, thereby providing an individual access to their context.
Extra beds are only available in the Superior and Deluxe rooms; however, we have one babybay for babies 6-months and younger which can be used in all of our rooms. For toddlers up to 3-years old, we have cots available. Older children can sleep on pull-out sleeper couches or an extra bed to be provided.
Children up to 6-years old sleep in their parents’ rooms free of charge. Families with children 7-years and older will be charged € 59.00 per night which includes breakfast.
We are happy to organize a babysitter for your children if for instance parents wish to enjoy a meal on their own. Rates are upon request.
Our youngest guests are able to choose their favorite dishes from their own kid’s menu in the restaurant while also solving one of many puzzles and thereby participating in a special kid's game for a prize.
There is also a small kid’s corner on the terrace.
Your Family's Friend
Your four-legged friends do not need to stay at home. Actually, the dog here Giovanni enjoys making new friends. We request that you provide us with advance notice if you choose to bring along your pet.
For hygienic reasons, we do not assign guests with dogs to rooms with carpet floors. This primarily applies to the Superior rooms and rooms with balconies. All of our other room offerings are available with hardwood floors. We charge an extra € 16.00 per dog and day, and we will provide you with a dog blanket as well as feeding dishes.
Your dog is welcome to join you on the terrace, but please refrain from bringing your dog along to the pool areas as well as the restaurant and breakfast room.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the guest rooms and public area of the hotel. Please ask the reception clerks for the required password.
To ensure a fast and trouble-free access in places where the historic walls are very thick, we installed even more and better routers at the end of 2015.
Additionally, you may use the guest computer located in the library
You are certainly allowed to park your car/mini van in our court yard. Please note that parking is not allowed in the village or in front of our gate.
If you are interested we will reserve space in our garage. (€ 18,00/night)
In case you arrive without a car, we would be happy to organize a rental car for your stay. Kindly inform us of your plans as early as you can.
You do not need a car to explore the many nearby attractions. It is possible to take daytrips on the bus or hire a taxi for travel. You can also travel to destinations along the Danube on boats.
Mark the check box for the room(s) of your choice and you will receive an offer with the best available rate
Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Hotel Schloss Dürnstein. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate
Please fill this form for individuals or for groups and you shall receive an answer written by a live person at Hotel Schloss Dürnstein. This is the only way you can know exactly what room types are available for the dates you want, an the best possible rate, because you are dealing directly with the hotel. Bear in mind that websites set up to give an automatic answer, work with allocated quotas given by the hotel, therefore when it appears there are no rooms available for the date you want, this is not necessarily true. Plus they charge the hotel a commission which is normally around 20% of the room rate.
A3601 Durnstein − Austria
+43 2711 212
Fax: +43 2711 212 30
Traveling from Vienna: Take the train from Franz Josefs Bahnhof to Krems. Once in Krems, either transfer via bus or taxi to Dürnstein.
Traveling from Salzburg: Disembark at St. Pölten Hauptbahnhof and then either take a 30 km taxi to Dürnstein or transfer to another train traveling towards Krems. Once in Krems, you can take a public bus or hire a taxi.
Vienna International Airport is approximately 110 km east of Dürnstein. You have the option of renting a car directly at the airport or hiring a chauffeur to pick you up upon arrival. The cost for a one-way chauffeur service is around € 140.00. We would kindly help arrange this service for you.
There are also several transportation options from the airport to Vienna directly which require you to make additional transfers in order to travel to the Wachau. Given the additional steps, traveling through Vienna takes somewhat longer than driving directly from the airport.
Why not come to Dürnstein by helicopter? Landing on the sportsfield in the east of the town is allowed. Certainly we will then pick you up with our van.
Furthermore you can use this very elegant method of transportation in order to make a special gourmet trip to one of the very good restaurants in Austria.
The Yellow Salon is on the ground floor next to the lobby and can be reserved for smaller groups of 15 to 34 people.
The Rose Hall is in our restaurant’s vicinity and offers, adjacent to the Danube terrace, seating for 50 to a maximum of 100 people. With a sufficiently-large dance area the maximum capacity is 80.
For all our information on weddings, baptisms, birthday celebrations, or other events, please refer to our Bankettmappe!
The terrace can also be reserved for events but not exclusively. We can accommodate up to 50 people for dinner and up to c. 100 people for lunch.
Groups of 11 people or more no longer have the possibility of ordering à la carte. Please choose from our banquet menus!
There is a private wine cellar in walking distance to the hotel. The whole area including the terrace and the garden can be rent for private functions and wine tastings. It is the ideal alternative to a fine dining restaurant. Why not book a private cook and offer your guests specialities from the charcoal grill?
We would be pleased to make an individual offer to you.
Utmost discretion and professionalism while organizing and hosting meetings, seminars, presentations, and conferences are prioritized at Hotel Schloss Dürnstein. Our fully-adapted meeting room on the top floor seats up to 30 people comfortably. The room is also equipped with appropriate technology for your event.
Our seminar file contains all the necessary information.
Whether you want a folk dance group performance, some fireworks before dessert, a wine tasting trip or a boat ride.
We all love children but children do not always love boring events where they are obliged to sit quiet on their chair. This is the reason why we recommend to organise a professional child care. Children and adults will definitely enjoy the evening more.
In 2000, the cultural region of the Wachau, which includes the monasteries in Melk and Göttweig as well as the old city of Krems, became officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Wachau is a length of river land just over 30 km long between Krems an der Donau and Melk, originating from the Danube’s water gap through the Bohemian Massif and existing as the border region to Austria’s granite-gneiss plateau. Its highest points are the Jauerling (960 m) and Sandl (723 m). The Wachau lies on the border between two quarters of Lower Austria, with the Mostviertel to the south and the Waldviertel to the north. It also contains the Spitzer Graben, a tributary of the Danube.
Wines from the Wachau are known worldwide for their outstanding quality. The region’s winegrowing tradition began during the time when Ancient Romans occupied the Wachau and began to blossom during the reign of the Carolingians. During the middle ages, Wachau wines were already famous far beyond the borders of Austria. In the case that you have an affinity for wine, the Wachau offers many possibilities for you to pursue your interests.
Not only are the Wachau wines worth trying, but the nearby regions of Kremstal, Kamptal, and Traisental ought to also be included in every Lower Austrian wine tour.
The Chinese already knew of the apricot, regionally known here as the “Marille,” around 3000-2000 BC. You can trace its cultivation path throughout western Europe across Italy, Spain, and France, introduced later on to the Danube region as it was brought across the Black Sea and the Danube. The oldest known reference to the fruit in the Danube region, July 23, 1509, was found in the Starhemberg family archive’s letter collection in Eferding near Linz. In the capitularies of Charlemagne, which cited known varieties of fruits, the apricot is not even mentioned once, since it was included with peaches from the 3rd century to the 16th century. The French term “abricot” brought the name “Aprikose” to western and northern Germany, where it is still conventionally used today. In south Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, the name “Marille” became commonplace, probably related to the Italian “armellino” and similar terms. These originated from the Latin “armeniaca” meaning from Armenia. From the terms “Amarellen” and “Morellen” came the word “Marille.”
Austria, heuriger, literally meaning “this year’s,” is a young wine as well as the local tavern where that wine is served. A heuriger can either concern itself with being a limited wine restaurant that offers its own seasonal, local wine and fare or as a managed hospitality business. The legal right wine producers have to serve their own wine in their own house has its origins in a 1784 decree from Emperor Joseph II. Heurigers were originally established to present the winemakers and the people living in their respective towns and environs the newest wine from the latest harvest.
Not only is looking down at the Danube an experience, but so is vice-versa, when you relax in a boat and can look up at the surrounding scenery drifting by.
Dürnstein’s ferry has distinguished itself as a historically-conscious undertaking by using traditionally-outfitted flat-bottomed boats. They can bring you to your choice of stops along the banks of the Danube throughout the Wachau. How about trips to the heurigen, museum, a special restaurant, or even just to visit some friends?
Try out riding in a classic Danube boat today!
Multiple times a day (between April and October), you can take larger Danube ships between Krems and Melk, which allowed you to experience the Wachau from an entirely different vantage point.
You can purchase tickets immediately before their departures at the boarding dock. We also highly recommend taking a one-way bike trip and then comfortably relaxing on the ship for the return journey.
Krems, with a population of 23,947, is the fifth-largest city in Lower Austria. The established town charter from 1305 is a testament to the impressive growth of the medieval city of Krems from its first days as a settlement to a territorial city with special privileges. The twin cities of Krems-Stein have continued to grow since that era, with trade and winegrowing serving as a foundation for dynamic growth. The courtyards, churches, and houses were erected by the best builders in the country, and the prospering city has served as a destination for many artists and craftsmen since the middle ages. Education was a priority for the citizens, and they successfully were able to offer their sons and daughters with access to primary schools and universities. Even in the 21st Century, Krems continues to be a flourishing economic, cultural, and academic center as well as a major European wine city at the gateway to the Wachau. Krems has also earned international recognition in historical preservation, with the inclusion of the old city of Krems and Stein as part of the Wachau in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The famous baroque monasteries in Melk and Göttweig lie respectively at the entrance and exit of the Wachau, the medieval ruins in Aggstein and Dürnstein are both legendary and historical, the old cities of Krems and Stein will provide you with a sense of their prosperous past, and Dürnstein is the epitome of the Wachau.
In the Waldviertel, the monasteries in Zwettl, Altenburg, and Geras as well as the magnificent Rosenburg castle await visitors.
The nearby Schloss Grafenegg hosts concerts throughout the year and is where the culmination of the summer music festival occurs with some of the world's finest orchestras.
Including a baroque festival in Melk, opera festival performances in Gars, Shakespeare in Roseburg castle, operettas in Schloss Haindorf, and summer games in Melk, a broad collection of cultural events attracts visitors through the season. With Vienna nearby, you can also attend world-class opera and theater performances from Dürnstein. We would gladly help you arrange such a trip by helping organize tickets or providing you with event information.
The Schallaburg castle in Melk is one of the best exhibit spaces in Austria. Every year, a new exhibit theme is presented: the topics range from the "Treasures of Peru" and "Imperial China” to the "First World War.” Krems offers the Weinstadtmuseum (city museum), the Gozzoburg, the Kunsthalle (art museum), and the Karikaturmuseum (caricature museum). Weissenkirchen houses the Wachau museum in the Teisenhoferhof, and Spitz has a very interesting ship museum. There is an Ancient Rome museum in Mautern (formerly Favianis), and Artstetten castle near Maria Taferl is the resting place of Franz Ferdinand and houses the Archduke Franz Ferdinand Museum. There is a freemason museum in Schloss Rosenau, a clock museum in Karlstein, a sundial exhibition in Weiten, and you can find Austria’s “Valhalla” in Heldenberg.
With the Danube’s calming flow, the scent of blossoming fruit trees, and birds singing down from trees, you’ll never find any reasons to cut your bike ride short. It really is that lovely. The Wachau will slow down and bring you a sense of balance: you’ll see for yourself how wonderfully relaxed you’ll be when you return from your ride.
We provide our guests with free mountain bikes to use during their stay. You can arrange to borrow them at the reception anytime.
In addition to that we are pleased to have 2 E-Bikes for you to rent for a fee of
€ 30,00 a whole day and € 20,00 for half-a-day.
Why not enjoying the summer breeze while going on an excursion along the Danube river with one of our Schloss scooters. After seeing your drivers' licence for motorcycles (our scooters are motorized with 125ccm) we provide the helmets and scooters free of charge.
Water RecreationExperience the Wachau or other nearby nature highlights from a new angle. Exploring the water opens up new worlds. The canoe and the stand-up paddle board (SUP) both provide ideal opportunities to discover them. Calm coves, lone islands, side streams, wetlands, sand and stone banks—new areas to explore, all surrounded by sunny vineyards, quaint villages, castles, and ruins.
Kanu Wachau is an official ASUPA (Austrian Stand Up Paddling Association) center with the latest Naish equipment ready for you to use. Come learn about the popular recreation from Hawaii. SUP is easy to learn, enjoyable for almost all age groups, and provides a great joint workout. It gives you new perspectives on the water and gets you out into nature. It’s so much fun!
We speak german, english and spanish.
Many hiking trails are waiting for you to discover them. Walk through the orchards near the Danube’s south shore or climb up to one of the many scenic viewing points. Even seasoned hikers come to explore some of the hilly world heritage routes on their own.
Special hiking guides are also available to show you these trails.
The climbing zone in Dürnstein is a good place for climbers to learn and practice.
On the east end of the town, beyond the town entrance, an alley leads left into the ditch. At the first left turn (at the bank), there is a small path that leads directly to the Däumling (little thumb), the highest and perhaps also the most worthwhile tower to climb in the castle moat. Next to the experienced climbing area you can also find several enjoyable and more-accessible routes along the east wall.
There are over 40 golf clubs within your reach in Lower Austria alone, including 5 within a 40 km radius from us.
Most of the clubs in the region offer hotel guests a special green fee discount. Please ask us for a confirmation at the reception!
Segway-Wachau was founded by Thorsten Busch. Located in the heart of the Wachau, his rental company provides venturesome visitors with a new and futuristic mode of transportation.
Thorsten offers a variety of different tours in the Wachau and brings his guests closer to the scenic beauty of the landscape and the local way of life in a novel and exciting yet all the while gentle way. The Segway PT x2 is designed for men and women alike. 10 Segways are available for tours.
Children especially should not be left out during a family vacation. Whether one visits a playground or a theme park, there are many choices that would satisfy children of all ages and tastes.
Stay in Town!You won’t even need to leave town with your children. Dürnstein has a playground next to the Danube behind the Kuenringerbad, and the following activities might interest children as well:
Exploring the Dürnstein ruins
Small boat rides on the Danube
Playing along the Danube’s banks
Riding down the Danube on the large ships
Riding on the slow train
Realistically, the Wachau doesn’t aspire to compete directly with the world’s major shopping cities. Nevertheless, there are still a number of beautiful shops in the towns that would make a shopping trip totally worthwhile.
In this regard, Krems on its own can serve as a wonderful shopping destination and is thus not only because of its splendid architecture a must-see.
If you are still looking for more, all that Vienna can offer is only an hour away by car.
We have both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Both are open from 7:00 to 20:00.
The indoor pool is in the basement and is unfortunately unreachable via the lift. The outdoor pool is situated in an inner courtyard lined with roses and background views of the monastery and the ruins.
Near the indoor pool you can find a sauna, steam room, and an infrared sauna. Additionally, we have a small fitness room featuring a home gym tower, an ergonomic upper and lower body machine, and a Concept II rowing machine.
Since we are ultimately a summer destination, the therapies we offer are straightforward. What we do offer is thus of excellent quality. Please choose from the following list of options:
Full Body Massage
Partial Body Massage
Thai Yoga Therapy (see photo)
If possible, please provide us with any therapy and massage requests alongside your reservation.
Traditionelle Thai Yoga Körperarbeit basiert auf der Energielehre der Ayurvedischen Medizin: Alles Lebendige wird durch die Lebenskraft (Prana) genährt und gesteuert. Wenn dieses Prana natürlich und harmonisch fließt, befinden sich Körper, Geist und Gefühle in Harmonie. Die Energiekanäle, die wie Bäche und Flüsse in die Landschaft des Körpers eingebettet sind, müssen offen und frei sein. Sollte das Prana jedoch stagnieren, kann der traditionelle Thai Yoga Körperarbeit Praktiker es durch stimulierenden und ermutigenden Fingerdruck wieder in Fluss bringen.
Die Behandlung findet in bequemer Kleidung auf einer Matte am Boden statt. Grundsätzlich wird der ganze Körper unter Einsatz von Körpergewicht mit Fingern, Handballen, Ellbogen, Knien und Füßen gedehnt, mobilisiert und entspannt.
1,5 h € 110,00 - 2 h € 140,00
A Breathtaking View" ... and I had tears in my eyes before God's greatness in this town."
We have the ineffable fortune of not only living in the Wachau but also having the most beautiful view of the Danube. A vital start to the day with a wholesome breakfast is the best foundation for your stay in the Wachau, regardless of whether it is an active or relaxed one. Enjoying an ambient dinner on the terrace paired with the best wines of the region, you can fully appreciate a perfect finish to your day while you reflect.
Our terrace seats up to 180 people and has an awning for use on rainy days. Additionally, wall heat lamps enable us, even in chilly weather as the seasons change, to dine out in the open.
A group dinner for up to 50 people can be arranged on the terrace. Larger groups will need to dine in the Rose Hall. Subject to availability, large groups can eat lunch on the terrace, but exclusive use of the terrace is unfortunately not possible.
à la carte & half boardBecause our hotel guests can order from the à la carte menu, we do not split ourselves into a pension restaurant and a restaurant for external guests. All guests are welcome everywhere and will be seated on the terrace first-come first-serve by our head waiter.
If the weather prevents us from using the terrace, we will move the dining service to three head-to-head rooms indoors which are only separated from one another by a few steps.
The Yellow Salon is our smaller event room. It is not on the same floor as the Restaurant but instead lies next to the lobby on the ground floor.
If you have a group size ranging from about 15 to a maximum of 34 people and want your own exclusive room, then this is the choice for you. For more information, please refer to the “Group Events” section.
This hall, which the name hints at, is immersed in the color rose and is the primary breakfast room for our hotel guests. It also serves as an occasional extension to the restaurant when inclement weather prevents us from using the terrace.
The Rose Hall is our large event room for family celebrations, business events, anniversaries etc. You can reserve this room for 50 to a maximum of 100 guests.
For more information, please refer to the “Group Events” section.
Lunch: from 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
At 5:00 pm, the terrace is locked in preparation for the evening. Because of special events occurring throughout the season these opening times are occasionally subject to change
Table ReservationsWe want to make it clear that our restaurant is open to serve everyone and not just our hotel guests.
Same-day table reservations are possible on almost every day with few exceptions. In order to recognize you when you make future reservations, we kindliest ask for your first and last name, a telephone number, and an e-mail address. We can also gladly receive this information via mail.
Please understand that we are unable to promise fixed tables. The structural and special considerations of the terrace don’t allow us to accommodate all table sizes in all areas. Our head waiter can potentially accommodate any preferences heard immediately prior to your meal.
For groups of 11 or more, it is no longer possible to order à la carte. In this case, please choose one of our banquet menu options or have our chef help you decide on selections.
We are very happy that we can offer a second restaurant called "Küffer Cellar" to our guests.
Not far away from the main building you'll find a romatic place which includes a sunbathing area, a wine snuggery with a fireplace and a pond. There we present casual cuisine from the grill in combination with an Ibiza music feeling.
Our team with Ondrej Zeliar and Toth Gergö spoils you with specialities from the charcoal grill, a big salad buffet and a great choice of side dishes.
from may until september between Thursdsay and Monday
from 5.00 pm until 9.00 pm (kitchen time)
Please ask our ladies at front desk if there is a special private event booked for your desired date and have also a look at our website: www.heuriger.schloss.at !
If you are not hotel guest you can use our terrace not only for lunch/dinner but also for our "Afternoon tea".
Between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm we offer this exclusive "Afternoon Tea Package" which costs € 25,00 per person and includes sweet and sours snacks as well as coffee/tea at your choice as well as a glass of sparkling wine.
We ask for your understanding that we no longer can offer individual cake/coffee service as before. With pleasure we also welcome you in the afternoon for a late lunch or a some drinks/wine.
Terms and conditions are subject to change!
Not only are our barn swallows comfortable in the lobby as they spend their spare time here watching the reception area’s happenings, but also our guests as they devote their days to enjoying themselves in the lobby, bar, and library with leisure at their disposal.
A good glass of Wachau wine accompanying an animated discussion or a thrilling book, together with some lovely background music from our pianist, will help every ounce of your body thoroughly relax.