Hardegg, © Nationalpark Thayatal / Übl

A taste of nature

Nature reserves and national parks have a magic all of their own...

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors – experience and enjoy the bounty of the natural world.

Anyone looking to enjoy the wonders of nature at first hand will be in their element in Austria’s national parks and nature reserves. The Weinviertel is home to the Thayatal Valley National Park and the Danube Wetlands, as well as the Leiser Berge nature reserve. The protected natural habitat of the March-Thaya-Auen wetlands is also unmissable!

Amazing landscapes, animal magic, bounteous plant life

See the range of different landscapes that the Weinviertel has to offer. Discover the local flora and fauna on the region’s extensive network of hiking trails and footpaths. What do you need to bring along? Time, time and even more time. All that’s left is for you to immerse yourself and enjoy this amazing experience!

Our recommendations

  • The Leiser Berge Nature Reserve is located in the heart of the Weinviertel. The views from the top of the Buschberg (491m) hill, the highest point in the Weinviertel, are in a class of their own. The landscapes cover a full spectrum: farmers’ fields, forest and meadowland are dotted throughout the reserve.
  • Covering some 1,330 hectares, the Thayatal National Park bordering the Waldviertel region is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna. A rich variety of plants and animals live side by side here in this amazing space. And thanks to its border with the Czech Republic’s Národní park Podyjí, the outdoor enjoyment transcends national boundaries.
  • The Donau-Auen National Park stretches between the Austrian and Slovakian capitals. Covering more than 9,300 hectares, this area between Vienna and Bratislava is the last major riverside wetlands reserve in Central Europe. Left to follow its natural course, a 36km section of the Danube is the national park’s lifeblood.
  • The March-Thaya-Auen in the north-east of the Weinviertel – among Central Europe’s most interesting wetlands – are not just a great tip for fans of nature. In this unique environment you can reconnect with your inner self, enjoy the moment and feel just how beautiful life can be.