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Animals at the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park

Known for its wide variety of birds and full of surprises

The reed bed of Lake Neusiedl and the salt lakes are important resting places for migratory birds on their way to and from Africa.

Around 350 different species of birds have already been observed and documented around Lake Neusiedl, 120 of which also breed in the area. The nests of the white stork catch the eye on the roofs and chimneys of the local houses. 

In springtime, graylag geese raise their young around the lakes – you are sure to see some along the way if you’re enjoying a leisurely bike ride. In fall and winter, thousands of greater white-fronted and graylag geese create one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the region every evening: The flocking of the geese! Great bustards, sea eagles, bee-eaters, or avocets – there is so much bird life to discover in the national park! 

Good to know: Tech-savvy birdwatchers can download the free “Bird-list Neusiedler See” app on their smartphone. This helps to identify the species and reveals the best places for bird watching. 

The national park relies on the use of old domestic animal breeds to preserve the valuable cultural landscape: Impressive gray cattle and water buffalos, Przewalski’s horses, and even the popular white donkeys make an important contribution to the preservation of diversity. The ground squirrel, which has now become extremely rare – a small inhabitant of short-grassed areas – benefits from the “work” of bigger animals!

When are you setting off on a sunny expedition through Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park?

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