Experience pure nature
In 2001 the Lake Neusiedl region, which lies around the largest steppe lake in Central Europe, was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and joined the list of 850 cultural and natural monuments worldwide. The region, with sections in both Austria and Hungary, encompasses an area of around 747km². The unique transborder National Park Lake Neusiedl – Seewinkel, the Natural Park Lake Neusiedl – Leitha Mountain Ranges (an internationally recognised RAMSAR wetland, NATURA-2000 area and Biosphere Reserve), the Rust Hills and the Leithaauen belong to this unique natural landscape which surrounds Lake Neusiedl.
Unique flora and fauna
The first national park in Austria came into being amongst reeds, small saline ponds and the swampy pastures which were formerly covered by Lake Neusiedl. The steppe lake itself lies at the lowest point of the Lesser Hungarian Plain, in a drainage basin which has no outlet. The lake basin today encompasses an area of around 320km²; of which 180km² lie in the reed belt.
Founded in 1993, the biodiversity of the National Park Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel makes it one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in Europe. The open landscape of the Seewinkel area, an extensive network of paths, and the well-suited infrastructure in the national park offer the visitor an incomparable wildlife experience. The majority of the almost 300 bird species can– with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope - be observed here in their natural environment. The National Park Information Centre is open all year round and is a point-of-call for all guests interested in the surrounding environment. It is also an exhibition and event centre for the national park region. Visitors can take part in one of the excursions to different parts of the park or learn how to discover the wonders of nature for themselves. Young naturalists can equip themselves with binoculars, tweezers and a magnifying glass and explore the ponds and pastures on a Children´s Excursion – water scorpions, brine shrimps, great egrets and much more await discovery.
National Park Lake Neusiedl - Leitha Mountain Ranges
This area of the Lake Neusiedl region is unique. Nowhere else in Europe can one find near-natural mixed woodland growing on lime sandstone, dry grassland with Mediterranean vegetation, untouched marshes, large expanses of reeds, a pristine river delta and a steppe lake, all within a few kilometres of each other. Hiking trails in the Leitha Mountains, lead by trained guides, lead to scenic spots amidst the mountains and the lake.