Schützen am Gebirge


Schützen am Gebirge, often known locally by its earlier name of “Gschiaß”, is a typical northern Burgenland community which is still very much like a village and nestles between the Rust and Leithagebirge hills, being the last settlement on the river Wulka before it runs into lake Neusiedl. There are approximately 1,000 hectares of woodland, 700 hectares of agricultural land and 130 hectares of vineyards cultivated by around 70 wine growers.

The village, which originally developed around a narrow green, with groups of gabled houses which are partly preserved, is the perfect place for a relaxing and restful holiday. The village centres around the square with the ceramic fountain by local artist Robert Schneider, behind which is the façade of the presbytery containing Professor Erich Stanschitz’s “Mary Magdalene” stained glass window.

The parish church, which has a Baroque west façade and is surrounded by a defensive wall, is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. There are well-maintained and renovated wayside shrines throughout the area. Some of the roads they stand beside are surfaced agricultural roads. The R50 cycle path, which connects to the state capital on one hand and the Neusiedler See circular cycle route on the other, is also surfaced.

The Goldberg, the highest hill in the Rust range at 224 metres above sea level, was declared a nature reserve in 1973 because of its special flora (chalk grassland, downy oaks, wide variety of flowers). From here there is also a superb panoramic view across the lake to Frauenkirchen and across the Wulka valley to the Schneeberg.

 



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