Taking a wetlands walk with a national park ranger as your guide will open your eyes to the many hidden wonders of nature. The best seasons for walking tours are spring, fall and winter.
Select from among the following options:
Schönau: Near Schönau, and within a relatively short distance, it is possible to experience a huge variety of wetlands habitats: dyke, former river branch, dynamic wetlands, replenished side arm, and naturally the free-flowing Danube itself. You will be amazed at the richness of flora and fauna in these habitats.
Orth/Donau: Two possible routes may be selected: either the dammed-up side of the wetlands which is no longer directly affected by high waters; or the dynamic side, which is flooded regularly. The dividing line between the two is the dyke, which itself has developed over the years into a valuable habitat for numerous plants and animals.
Eckartsau: The traditional imperial hunting grounds of bygone years live on today as spacious meadows offering sanctuary to many plant and animal species. Surrounded by lush wetlands forest, the expansive park surrounding Eckartsau Castle is a marked departure from the wild meadows. The charm in this route lies in the transition from controlled nature in the Schlosspark to the broad meadows and again to the wild wetlands formed by the Danube.
Stopfenreuth: A circular tour through the Stopfenreuth Au, the site of the legendary wetlands occupation of 1984, leads along the dyke and then into the flood areas, across former river branches and all the way out to the Danube. A towpath and then the riverside road lead back to the point of departure. Feel the magic of the wetlands while walking, and learn interesting facts about the area from your national park ranger.
Hainburg: Here is where the Danube carves out its bed through the Porta Hungarica. First, the tour leads downstream along the foot of the Braunberg, then moves upward toward the Rötelstein ruins. A scenic path offers panorama views of the newly emerged, revitalised gravel banks in the national park across from Hainburg as well as interesting perspectives on the medieval city itself.
Maria Ellend – Haslau: In stark contrast to the north bank, the banks on the south side fall steeply down to national park territory. This unique aspect is reflected in the very special flora and fauna to be found here. For nearly 20 years, the mighty Danube has been able to regularly replenish her side arms, leading to the formation of impressive and fascinating landscapes.