The Neusiedler See-Leithagebirge World Natural Heritage Nature Reserve, covering the five villages of Donnerskirchen, Purbach, Breitenbrunn, Winden and Jois, lies in the heart of Europe, where the Pannonian Plain meets the foothills of the Alps, on the shores of Europe’s biggest steppe lake.
What makes this nature reserve so unique is the balanced mix of protected, natural and conservation areas, the small-scale land cultivation, historic buildings in the villages and the influences that many races - from the Celts and the Romans, via the Avars, Turks and Hungarians, to the southern Germans and Austrians - have had on its culture and traditions. The unique nature of this part of the lake Neusiedl area stems from the variety of landscapes in a very small area.
The diverse scenery is composed of vineyards between the calcareous sandstone ridges and the wide belt of reeds surrounding Europe’s biggest steppe lake, with unspoiled mixed woodland, chalk grasslands and wetlands.
The nature reserve also offers many historic cultural attractions, such as old, wine cellar-lined streets and village centres containing many well-preserved 16th century buildings. The communities in the nature reserve delight many visitors with numerous colourful events and guided world natural heritage tours, or canoe excursions. The garden of Pannonia is open all year round. We look forward to seeing you!
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