Orth on the Danube is one of the most expansive wetlands areas in the National Park and is traversed by numerous watercourses, including two side arms that have been reconnected to the Danube. Here, the river is freed to form natural gravel islands and new banks, and to wash driftwood up on the shores. Former channels are again filled with water and serve to replenish the backwaters which have long been cut off from the current.
A dynamic Danube helps expand the number and size of bodies of water in the wetlands. Rare species such as the European Pond Turtle and the Mudminnow are the chief benefactors of this development. The Schlossinsel grounds at the schlossORTH National Park Centre are the ideal place to see these wetlands inhabitants up close.
The small banks and islands near Orth are some of the most inviting natural swimming areas on the Danube. The current ensures that there is a steady supply of colourful pebbles of many different sizes and very fine river sand. In some places, the water parts to reveal the broad roots of the White Willow, and in the crowns of the White Poplar trees, mistletoe and lianas thrive, forming thick curtains of vegetation.
Covered by genuine primeval forest, these natural islands remain untouched by foresters.
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