Water and wine set the tone at Neusiedler Lake. Not only sun-bathers, sailors and windsurfers find their true paradise at Austria's largest lake, but also rare species of bird have settled here. The mild, Pannonian climate helps the grapevines to spring and makes Burgenland one of the best wine-growing regions in the country. The area has a special focus on regionality; the many small winegrowers produce award-winning wines every year.
In this Collection, we have put together eight hikes that will take you from Neusiedler am See through the varied landscape. Immerse yourself in the magnificent nature of the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, stroll through the dense forests of the Leithagebirge mountains or enjoy the stunning glistening waters of the "Sea of Vienna".
The traditional villages around the lake like Breitenbrunn or Rust also make this region unique. Fine wines are stored in the grass-covered wine-cellar lined lanes and wine taverns offer glasses for you to try for yourself. Between the quaint villages, lies a patchwork landscape of vines, colorful fields and reed beds.
At Neusiedler Lake, you can look forward to more than 300 sunny days making it a charming destination all year round. When the green and red grapes hang from the vines in late summer and autumn, the temperatures are especially hiking-friendly and perfect for a weekend at the lake. In any case, remember to bring sun protection as the hikes lead through wide plains with little shade.
Thanks to the region's excellent infrastructure, travelling to and from the hikes is easy. The towns and national park areas are all connected by an extensive network of buses and trains. There is also a wide range of accommodation on offer, and some of the winegrowers offer overnight stays on their farms. You can find more information about the timetables of the trains and buses, here:
A fantastic tour through the deep green forest of the Leitha Mountains awaits you west of Lake Neusiedl. At Breitenbrunn, the flat plain of the Seewinkel turns into a mountainous landscape that surprises with cultural highlights. The Breitenbrunn station is the starting point of this hike. From Neusiedl you either take the train to Breitenbrunn or you extend your tour and start directly in Neusiedl.Viticulture sets the tone in this part of Austria, so Breitenbrunn is surrounded by a colorful pattern of vineyards and fields. The historic cellar ring lets you immerse yourself in the history of the place: overgrown, used as a warehouse and some Heurigenlokale used wine cellars stand on the road in rank and file.Afterwards you leave the place behind and reach the tree line of the Leitha Mountains. Continuously uphill, the trail runs under shady spruces and under your feet you feel the soft forest floor.At the Sieben Linden you can take a break and enjoy the wonderful silence. Before you reach the actual destination, the impressive monastery of St. Anna, you come to the castle ruins Scharfeneck. The remnants of the medieval complex are overgrown with creepers and grasses and convey a mystical atmosphere.The vast area of the monastery of St. Anna is a popular destination for young and old. The renovated remains, the monastery garden and the playground with petting zoo hold plenty of entertainment for you. At the picnic areas, you can eat your own snack or just watch the hustle and bustle.From the monastery you can walk along a forest road to Hof am Leithagebirge, where there is a bus stop on line 277 in Mannersdorfer Straße. The bus will take you to Bruck an der Leitha, from there you can take the train back to Neusiedl.
A paradise for rare bird and plant species represents the conservation area Lange Lacke, which is part of the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel. From the Obere Akaziengasse bus stop in Apetlon, which you can reach from Neusiedl on the 290 line, you can walk to the Stüberl National Park. There you can provide information about the national park and regional delicacies.After crossing the main road, first turn left to get to the south observation tower. The view of up to 40 saline varnishes and the local biodiversity is unique. Green reed beds, flowering wet meadows and rare willow trees alternate. In the spring, nature shines here in the most beautiful colors and especially many migratory birds hold on to the long paints.From the observation tower south you follow the circular hiking path counterclockwise. Keep your eyes open, you can see many different birds and insects in the reed belts and meadows. It is best to bring a pair of binoculars so that nothing escapes you. In the northern part of the preservation zone are the smaller Wörtenlacken, which are mostly dried out in midsummer and leave a salty crust. Also here is a lookout tower.You reach the starting point in Apetlon via the Große Hutweide and the adjoining winegrowing areas. In the center of the village, near the parish church, you can end your hiking day in one of the traditional inns.
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In the south of Lake Neusiedl lies the winemaker Illmitz, which represents the gateway to the Illmitz-Hell preservation zone. Our hike will take you through a colorful carpet of steppe-like meadows, saline varnishes and wide reed belts. The varied landscape is a paradise for ornithologists, because here you can observe a variety of bird species. You reach Illmitz from Neusiedl with the bus line 290.The 18-kilometer round trip starts at the information center Nationalpark Neusiedler See, which provides you with facts worth knowing about the unique flora and fauna. Depending on the season, the appearance of the nature zone changes: In spring, the meadows and lakes are filled with water, in summer they are partly completely dry. Then you can see the white salt crust glistening in the sun.Past the Zicklacke you walk north. In the high reeds you can observe rare species of birds such as the avocet or the black-tailed godwit. The preservation zone is also used for agriculture, so you will find yourself on the way to grapevines and even pastures for Przewalski horses.By the way, at the lower Stinkersee, the name comes from the high sulfur content, stands a 16 meter high lookout tower. The 360 degree panorama from the covered platform is breathtaking. At the border between the conservation area and the natural zone you follow the path on the Seedamm.Before you get back to Illmitz, you can make a detour to the seaside resort. In summer, the warm water of the shallow Neusiedlersee offers a bath, on cooler days worth a stop at the Seewirt. Alternatively, you can end your hiking day in the restaurant Pusztascheune in the center of Illmitz.
On the eastern shore of Lake Neusiedl, between Rust and Schützen on the mountains, there is a collection of promising elevations. Magnificent views of the lake, the Vienna Basin and Sopron in Hungary are guaranteed. From Neusiedl you can take the train in 20 minutes to Schützen am Gebirge.Not far from the station you cross the river Wulka and then wander through wide fields and green vineyards up to the first hill. The Hölzlstein is a remnant of a prehistoric reef and a beautiful viewpoint. Through the gently rolling landscape, we continue to Altenberg, on the flank of which there is a wooden lookout tower. The platform offers new perspectives on the environment.You follow the path to the Silberstein and to the local quarry. At the 222 meter high Kogelberg you have reached the highest point of this tour and can enjoy a wonderful panorama. Below the summit lies the famous Roman quarry Sankt Margarethen, where every year different events take place. During a tour you can admire the massive rock walls and the modern architecture.From the Roman quarry you walk through the typical Burgenland vineyards to Rust. The place offers a historic old town with a charming market square. In summer you can watch the many storks on the chimneys of the houses during nest building. From Rust take the bus number 286 back to Schützen am Gebirge and then take the train to Neusiedl am See.
This hike takes you from Neusiedl through the Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen conservation area to Podersdorf. From there you can take bus 290 back to the starting point.You start at the main square of Neusiedl am See and can make a detour to the nearby Stadtpfarrkiche. Then you will walk along the main road to Weiden am See. The contemplative place is characterized by rustic Heurigenlokale, traditional houses and viticulture.On the southern outskirts of Weiden am See are the Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen: This special landscape is part of the National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel and is home to a wealth of habitats. You wander through a mosaic of moors, swamps and dry grasslands. The Zitzmannsdorf meadows are not only a paradise for many insect and bird species, but you can also meet the cattle herds of the national park here.In Podersdorf you can look forward to two special buildings: In the south of the idyllic village, you will find a 160-year-old windmill that has been extensively restored and worth a visit.From the mill, the path leads you to the lido, where stands on a mole of the particularly photogenic lighthouse. With its red and white stripes, the tower conveys seafaring atmosphere. The bar and the restaurant in the beach are the perfect place for a stop before you take the bus on the way back to Neusiedl.
From the main square in Neusiedl you can walk through the paved streets to the Calvary. Although this is not really a mountain, but the view from the hill is still worth seeing. On narrow paths you can get to know the beautiful cultural landscape of northern Burgenland. In late summer, when the grapes are heavy on the sticks, this hike is particularly rewarding.Before you get to Weiden am See, you have the opportunity to observe a rare spectacle of nature: on a sandy ridge nested colorful Bee-eater, a threatened bird species. If you keep quiet, you can see the flying skills of bee-eaters with your own eyes.Weiden am See is a quaint place with lots of flair. Not as busy as Neusiedl, Weiden offers lots of nice nooks and crannies. Not only in the case of a swimming pool worth a visit to the seaside resort: in the modern restaurant "Das Fritz" you are right on the water and can enjoy regional delicacies. In the green reed belt is the marina of Weiden, where excursions are offered by sailboat.The way back to Neusiedl runs along the Upper Main Street and takes you past the colorful facades of the traditional Yards. In the center of Neusiedl you can end the day in one of the traditional restaurants.
This circular walk shows you that Burgenland is not just a flat wine-growing region: from Purbach station, you climb up to the 443 meter high Steinerwegberg. Where Burgenland's cultural landscape merges into the Leitha Mountains, you'll hike through dense forest.The train ride from Neusiedl to Purbach takes only ten minutes. Even the quaint Purbach has dedicated itself entirely to viticulture: Heurigen, Buschenschanken and cobblestone streets characterize the townscape. A special highlight is the cellar lane, lined with grass-covered wine cellars. The festivals, which are celebrated here regularly, are known throughout the region.At the edge of the village, the path runs a short distance through the grapevines before it leads you into the shady forest. It goes steadily uphill until you reach the impressive Franz-Josef-Warte on the summit of Steinerwegberg. From the viewing platform of the control room you can enjoy a 360 ° panorama. Your gaze wanders over Lake Neusiedl, the Vienna Basin and Baden.Afterwards you descend to Donnerskirchen. The local Kirchberg again offers a great view of the surroundings. Below the rest area on the Kirchberg is the beautiful mountain church with its onion dome, which is worth a visit. A mosaic of fields and vines will bring you back to Purbach, the starting point of your hike.
Only four kilometers away from the center of Neusiedl lies the tranquil village of Jois. A typical wine village with traditional wine taverns and a small marketplace. On the local wine trail, you can learn about the history and tradition of viticulture at ten stations.You start at the train station in Jois, only one station by train from Neusiedl. Alternatively you can start the circular hike directly in Neusiedl. In the center of Jois you can admire the narrow facades of the so-called stretch farms, which are typical of Burgenland. After leaving the place behind you, you dive deep into the gentle vineyards. In rows and rows, the countless vines stand side by side and offer a fascinating sight.The wine trail runs along the slopes of the Leitha Mountains. From the different stations there are beautiful views of the villages Jois and Winden and the Neusiedler See. Along the way, benches are available for a short break.At the Ochsenbrunn you have reached the highest point of your tour. Descending back to Jois, you will pass by the Hubertuskapelle and afterwards you can stop by the Genusslaube to taste the delicious wines of this region. The way back to Neusiedl you can take the train or you can walk back through the colorful cultural landscape.