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UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage: Neusiedler See

Sunlit natural landscape of superlatives


The cross-border Lake Neusiedl and its cultural landscape have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. On the Austrian side, the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel biosphere reserve, the reed belt and the old town of Rust as well as the Purbacher Kellergasse and the Mörbischer Hofgassen were recognized as regions of universal value.

The landscape and its unique climate provide a habitat for a variety of plants and animals that come from the Pannonian, Alpine and also the Mediterranean area and meet here.

The Neusiedler See (in Hungarian Fertő tó – Fertő literally means “swamp”) is one of the largest steppe lakes in Europe. The majority of the area is located in Austria, which makes it the largest domestic lake in terms of area.

The shallow water, which is an average of one and a half meters deep, is surrounded by one of the largest contiguous reed belts in Europe, a true paradise for a large number of plant and animal species. The lake water is slightly salty, about twenty times weaker than sea water, is clouded by sediments and is of bathing quality. The majority of the Austrian part of the lake is owned by the Esterházy family, while smaller parts belong to the neighboring communities.

The diversity of the landscape, the fauna, the flora and the people who inhabit this sun-soaked area makes Lake Neusiedl a coveted place for an endless variety of leisure activities, a relaxation area for the soul and a dream destination for guests from at home and abroad.

Experience this wonderful world and indulge in your lake longing.

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