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UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Lake Neusiedl

An incredible sun-kissed natural landscape

Straddling the 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 bed, the old town area of Rust, the Purbacher Kellergasse and the Mörbischer Hofgassen were recognized as regions of outstanding 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 region and meet here.

Lake Neusiedl (in Hungarian Fertő tó, fertő literally means “swamp”) is one of the largest steppe lakes in Europe. The majority of the lake is located in Austria, which makes it the largest lake in the country in terms of area.

The shallow water, with an average depth of one and a half meters, is surrounded by one of the largest continuous reed beds in Europe, a true paradise for a wide variety of plant and animal species. The water is slightly saline, about twenty times weaker than seawater, clouded by sediments and suitable for bathing. The majority of the Austrian part of the lake is owned by the Esterházy family, while smaller parts belong to neighboring communities.

The diversity of the landscape, the flora, the fauna, and the people who inhabit this sun-drenched area make Lake Neusiedl a hotspot for an almost endless number of leisure activities, a relaxation area for the soul and a dream destination for guests from Austria and abroad.

Experience this wonderful world and indulge your lake desires.

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