Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park

The cross-border national park is not just a paradise for birds


Whether on excursions on your own or on guided tours: The best way to start exploring the huge Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park is to visit the information center in Illmitz. You can also stock up on hiking maps and high-quality bird-spotting books there.

You can set off well equipped: Unique habitats await, such as the broad reed belt of Lake Neusiedl, periodically drying salt varnishes, small-scale sand habitats, meadows and pasture meadows. This is a border region not just in the political sense: the national park is also the border area between the Alps and the Hungarian lowlands for animals and plants. There are species that are native to both Alpine, Asian and Mediterranean areas.

Bird diversity is unique throughout the year, because the national park is a popular stopover and extensively used as a resting place for birds migrating to and from European from Africa. Another peculiarity is the partial land use: About half is a pure natural zone without any use, while the so-called conservation zones are largely a cultural landscape. In these areas, successful attempts are being made to preserve old, endangered domestic animal breeds. So you can encounter a water buffalo as well as imposing gray cattle or white donkeys.

This is not the only reason why visitors like to frequently come to the national park. The excursions are adapted to subject areas according to the seasons, so there is always something new to discover. For example, you can hike from Illmitz on paved paths and climb observation platforms in around three hours, including an old, disused Hungarian watchtower on Sandeck. Or you can explore the lakes between Podersdorf and Illmitz, such as lake Zick See.

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