A table dressed under the trees and, as a backdrop, breath-taking landscapes: Schloss Dürnstein promises unforgettable dinners on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Danube. You are in Lower Austria, in the charming Wachau valley, listed as world heritage. The forested slopes along the river are marked by orchards, small villages, vineyards, monasteries and castles. This 17th century castle has a splendid décor as well as a sauna, hammam and pools. Should your thoughts turn to a waltz melody, then it will probably be the masterpiece by Johann Strauss, On the Beautiful Blue Danube. The title could not be more fitting.
In a magnificent position in the Wachau, the gorge which is the most picturesque section of the Danube, where Nature and Art combine in perfect harmony, stands Dürnstein Castle, amidst the World Heritage Site. Built in Renaissance style, it was for centuries the property of the Princes Starhemberg. In recent centuries the present owners have converted it into a hotel of great style catering for even the most fastidious guest.
The Wachau enjoys a mild, dry climate, which means not only that Austria’s most renowned white wines grow here, but also that the restaurant terrace is a perfect place for just sitting and enjoying – indeed, it has deservedly acquired the reputation of being the most beautiful terrace on the whole length of the Danube. The fine cuisine of head chef Hans Zusser and the splendidly stocked cellar have made in this castle hotel a meeting-place for gourmets.