At the end of the 12th century, Richard the Lionheart King of England, previously captured in Vienna, was taken to the Durnstein Castle (Germ. Dürnstein). A high ransom was demanded from the family. However, she replied that she was even ready to pay extra for the prisoner to sit there a little longer.
The portal of Schloss Durnstein
The Town Hall of Durnstein
The ruin of Durnstein on the main street of the town.
The ruin of Durnstein – upper castle
The ruin of Durnstein – southern city wall
Finally the ransom at the originally set amount was paid and the king was released. The silver thus obtained allowed to start minting Austrian coins.