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, I 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 white 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.
A wonderful tour through the deep green forest of the Leithagebirge awaits you west of Lake Neusiedl. At Breitenbrunn, the flat plain of the Seewinkel merges into a mountainous landscape that surprises with its cultural highlights. The Breitenbrunn train 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.
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In the south of Lake Neusiedl is the wine-growing village of Illmitz, which is the gateway to the Illmitz-Hell preservation zone. This hike takes you through a colorful carpet of steppe-like meadows, salty paints and wide belts of reeds. The varied structured landscape is a paradise for ornithologists, because here you can observe a wide variety of bird species. You can reach Illmitz from Neusiedl by bus line 290.
This hike takes you from Neusiedl through the Zitzmannsdorfer Wiesen conservation zone to Podersdorf. From there you can take the 290 bus back to the starting point.You start at the main square of Neusiedl am See and there you can make a detour to the nearby parish church. Then you walk along the main road to Weiden am See. The contemplative place is characterized by rustic wine taverns, traditional houses and viticulture.
From the main square in Neusiedl you walk through the spruced-up streets up to the Kalvarienberg. It's not really a mountain, but the view from the top is still worth seeing. You can get to know the wonderful cultural landscape of northern Burgenland on narrow paths. This hike is particularly worthwhile in late summer, when the grapes are hanging heavily on the vines.