Even today, the historic marks left by avid Habsburg hunters can be explored in the riparian forests around Eckartsau. The expansive meadows surrounding Eckartsau Castle were in fact designed for the hunt. Powerful elk still populate these woods and visit the meadows during the rutting season.
The so-called "Rote Wird" near the Danube is named for an island. The vernacular "Wird", or "Wörth" is an old name for island; and the German "Rote" refers to the German "roden", or clear-cutting. Thus a "Rote Wird" is an island from which all trees have been removed. The traces of the watercourses that used to flow across these grounds can still be seen today.
Here, the backwaters are not connected to the Danube, but instead are replenished by groundwater, or less frequently, backflow from the Danube. Beds of reeds now grow here, and in turn offer valuable nesting opportunities for diverse waterfowl. The Nuphar, but also rare species such as Arrowhead, cowbane and Butomus, thrive in these placid waters.
The riparian forest in Eckartsau exhibits an entirely different character from the ones experienced in the more dynamic areas of Schönau and Orth.
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