Richard Lionheart slept here

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
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Trip End Apr 11, 2012


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Flag of Austria  , Lower Austria,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

   After a lunch of Austrian food, we cruised to Dürnstein which "was first mentioned in 1192, when, in the castle above the town, King Richard Lionheart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade. Richard had personally offended Leopold by casting down his standard from the walls at the Battle of Acre and the duke suspected that King Richard ordered the murder of his cousin Conrad of Montferrat in Jerusalem. In consequence Pope Celestine III excommunicated Leopold for capturing a fellow crusader. The duke finally gave the custody of Richard to Emperor Henry VI, who imprisoned Richard at Trifels Castle. Dürnstein Castle was almost completely destroyed by the troops of the Swedish Empire under Field Marshal Lennart Torstenson in 1645." {from the Internet}
    This part of Austria is known for its fruit trees, especially apricots, so apricot schnapps and brandy tasting are suggested -- but not if you are walking up to the castle ruins! The blue and white outside of the Skiftskirche is very pretty. A quiet, peaceful town on the Danube. Then we are off to Vienna...
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