Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park
The Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park was established in 1993. The Fertö-Hanság Nemzeti Park on the Hungarian side was created in 1991. This protected nature reserve is Austria’s first cross-border National Park, and the first to be recognised by the IUCN.
A total of seven local authorities (Andau, Apetlon, Illmitz, Neusiedl am See, Podersdorf, Tadten and Weiden am See) co-own the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park. The areas concerned remain the property of the original owners and are leased from them under long-term agreements. As a result, the National Park has around 1,200 landowners.
Around half of the National Park is a “natural area” which is not exploited in any way. The “conservation areas” of the National Park are largely cultural landscape, and thus depend on human care.
The park is divided into six areas: Apetlon-Lange Lacke, Illmitz-Hölle, Podersdorf-Karmazik, Sandeck-Neudegg, Waasen-Hanság and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen.
The habitats include Lake Neusiedl, the reed bands, salt pans that periodically dry up, small sandy beaches, meadowland and pastures.
Discover this unique National Park and in its unforgettable flora and fauna on a day trip, guided tour or visit to the Illmitz visitors’ centre.