In the heart of Lower Austria’s Wachau wine region, Dürnstein
counts fewer than 1,000 residents, yet it’s one of the area’s best-loved stops for visitors. Among the chief draws is the stunning baroque Stiftskirche (church tower), with its signature blue façade, which Avalon passengers will visit during a walk with a Certified Local Guide. As you stroll along the cobblestones streets, past well-preserved 16th-century homes, you’ll hear more about the town’s history—including the story of how England’s King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in the castle above town back in 1192. Active types will have the opportunity to climb the steep hill up to the castle’s ruins, where they’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town and river.