The story of the Church began in 1372 when Elizabeth von Kuenring founded a Chapel within
the walls of her Castle dedicating it to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. In 1400 she made a
gift of half of her former family home, to the Augustinian Canons of Wittingau in Bohemia for it
to be used as a Monastery.
Dürnstein is a small town along the Danube river in the Krems-Land district in the province of lower Austria. It is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region and also a well-known wine growing area.Background Information