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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