When it comes to Austria and nature we usually think of the Alps. Donau-Auen National Park in Lower Austria is a different world though. It’s the last remaining major wetland in Central Europe. With 100 species of birds. Around 50 species of fish. Peaceful riverside walks. Calm, hidden backwaters. Colorful pebbles. Old fishing boats.
We ended up in the park for a pleasant afternoon walk on a busy summer day.
A couple of fabulous sights are located in the area – Vienna, the capital of Austria and one of our favorite cities in the world for one. But Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia is just as close. And some countryside castles nearby – Schloss Hof or Schloss Niederweiden. One of them – Schloss Orth – is actually the visitor center of Donau-Auen National Park. The modest beauty and peace of this park was just what we needed after a busy sightseeing day.
We walked on shorter trails starting from the small town of Orth an der Donau. But you can’t go wrong just by following the river.
River Danube (Donau in German) is the lifeline of the park. It’s mostly free flowing here and 20% of the park is covered by water.
Here’s a short video to bring it even more close:
How do you relax after a busy sightseeing day?