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Mannswörth

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Mannswörth

The riparian forest between the Danube and the mouth of the Schwechat is a very tranquil area with thick forests and open expanses of meadow. On the Danube side of the Albern training wall, hybrid poplars predominate, yet have been replaced in part by native tree species.

On the Schwechat side, climbing plants create the impression of an impenetrable thicket. Yet this is not the case: because it is especially quiet here, deer and rabbits may often be observed, and the tracks left by wild boars cannot be missed.

In times of high water, the confluence of the mighty Danube with the narrow Schwechat means that water masses are forced back into the Schwechat and thus into the Zaineth wetlands as well, where the riparian forests are flooded by waters moving against the current.

Evidence that high water levels are no anomaly is presented by the high-water marks on the trees and even on the fishing huts along the Danube, which typically sit high up on wooden stilts.

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4 km
approx. 1 hour

This area lies within the Viennese part of the Donau-Auen National Park.
This trail is impassable during and after periods of flooding. For your own safety, please do not walk on closed trails!

Mannswörth Way

Starting point:
Parking lot at the end of the Zainethbrückengasse (water treatment plant); cross the Schwechat to reach the Albern training wall after several hundred meters.

Starting from the Albern training wall, the trail crosses a narrow strip of forest. In the summer, climbing plants such as Hop and Traveller's Joy form a green curtain to the woods. The dense underbrush consists mainly of Stinging Nettle and dewberry. Along a backwater dam the trail arrives at the Danube, following the Treppelweg (towpath) in an easterly direction. Due to the open expanse of meadow, it is often very windy here. The shores on both sides of the Danube are dotted with fishing huts decked out with their traditional square nets mounted on flexible poles.
Along the broad meadows the trail reaches the mouth of the Schwechat, which carries large amounts of fine sand up onto the shores. Open meadows are often visited by rabbits and pheasants, and in the autumn typical trail vegetation might consist of tansy, goldenrod, horseweed, and mugwort. Returning to the trailhead, a short stretch connects back to the dam, passing a reforested section in which native tree species have begun to replace the hybrid poplars.