Discover the unique Neusiedler See National Park’s incomparable fauna and flora through excursions, guided walks, or a visit to the Illmitz information centre. The national park’s habitats are shaped by lake Neusiedl’s reed beds, small saltwater ponds which periodically dry out, small sand dunes, hay meadows and livestock grazing areas. Animals and plants also found in Alpine, Asian or Mediterranean zones live in this frontier area between the Alps and the Hungarian lowlands.
This National Park is unique because of the exceptional diversity of species and its significance as a resting place for birds migrating between Europe and Africa.
Visitor programme and guided tours
Throughout the year the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park offers themed, seasonal excursions. The hikes take place on set dates and last around three hours, covering surfaced routes. The information centre also offers changing exhibitions and video presentations. The Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park covers seven communities (Andau, Apetlon, Illmitz, Neusiedl am See, Podersdorf, Tadten and Weiden am See).
The nature reserve, which is not used in any way, accounts for 50% of the national park’s area. The national park’s conservation areas, on the other hand, are mostly cultivated and are therefore dependent on landscape conservation measures. These areas are divided into six: Apetlon-Lange Lacke, Illmitz-Hölle, Podersdorf-Karmazik, Sandeck-Neudegg, Waasen- Hanság and Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen.
The Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park was created in 1993. The Fertö-Hanság Nemzeti Park on the Hungarian side had already been established in 1991. The reserve is not only Austria’s first cross-border national park, it is also the first to be internationally recognised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
340 species of bird
live in the natural paradise that is lake Neusiedl.