Discover the Marchfeld plain

Discover the Marchfeld: a traditional cultural landscape, a unique natural area with a high level of biodiversity and the scene of important historical events.

Nestled between the European capitals of Vienna and Bratislava is a cultural landscape steeped in tradition, a unique natural region rich in biodiversity, an arena of epochal historic events – the Marchfeld plain.

There are many attractions to discover on the Marchfeld, one of Austria’s largest plains. Bordered by the river Morava to the east and the Donau-Auen National Park to the south, the plain forms a natural environment whose river landscapes and riparian forests are a unique refuge for innumerable plant and animal species. While vast fields and gentle hills are typical features of this distinctive landscape, the Marchfeld plain also boasts magnificent Baroque palaces and many fascinating destinations for day-trippers.

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»It isn’t just the Marchfeld’s clear view of the mountains and the beautiful sunsets that strike nature lovers and Baroque fans alike. The area is also home to an incredible variety of sights and places that are just waiting to be discovered.« Gerald Oitzinger / Austrian Federal Forests

Marchegg town stroll

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There’s a lot to discover in Marchegg apart from the palace: the historical circular path around the town welcomes visitors on an exciting tour of stony witnesses of the past. Explore Marchegg on your own or with a tour guide.

Schedule and information: www.schloss.marchegg.at

»The vast Marchfeld plain is scattered with hidden cultural pearls, each of which is worth discovering.« David Hebenstreit (Sir Tralala, musician), Gross-Enzersdorf

Come and see the storks of Marchegg

Marchegg is home to a curiosity – Central Europe’s largest colony of white storks breeding in trees. That’s right: the storks build their nests not only on rooftops, but also in the old trees of the palace garden and in the Marchauen Nature Reserve, which is managed by the WWF.

Observe the fascinating, legendary “Master Adebar” in its majestic flight or at close range in its natural habitat. For further information on storks, visit the “stork house” in the palace garden of Marchegg, where you can also buy regional products or book guided tours and excursions with eco-educators.

Photos: Andreas Pataki

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Welcome to the riparian nature reserve of Marchegg!

The Marchauen WWF Nature Reserve is located in the floodplain of the river Morava between the Marchegg and Zwerndorf. The 1,100-square-kilometre natural paradise has been an official wildlife reserve since 1973.

Marchegg Palace is surrounded by circular hiking trails with a number of hidden observation posts and a resting area.
Biberweg: ca. 7 km / 3 hrs – Unkenweg: ca. 4 km / 2 hrs – Storchenweg ca. 2 km / 1 h

There’s more to discover than the famed storks! The area is also the natural habitat of a number of other bird species including the mighty white-tailed eagle, not to mention large populations of red deer and wild boars. Konik horses graze on the pasture of Marchegg in the southern part of the nature reserve. This Polish breed of small, mouse-grey ponies descends directly from extinct European wild horses. They only reach a shoulder height of 130 to 145 centimetres, but they are very strong and sturdy. (Caution: do not feed the horses!)

www.wwf.at/auenreservat/

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On your bikes, get set, go!

Ride your bicycle through Austria’s vegetable garden or across the border along the river Morava: the Marchfeld plain is a paradise for cycling enthusiasts.

A cycle path with a total length of 61.6 kilometres crosses the plain along Marchfeld Canal and the Russbach brook, starting in Langenzersdorf past Floridsdorf all the way to Schlosshof, where the trip is topped off with a visit to the Niederweiden and Schloss Hof palaces. Hikers and strollers will be equally enthralled by the flora and fauna along Marchfeld Canal on a total area of 3.4 square kilometres.

Information and route: www.regionmarchfeld.at

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Adventures at Donau-Auen National Park

Donau-Auen National Park is a riparian habitat between the cosmopolitan cities of Vienna and Bratislava, a landscape that is unique in Europe. The park protects the last large, unspoilt wetlands territory on the continent. It offers a wide range of activities for visitors, from boat excursions, guided hikes and adventure expeditions to children’s programmes, workshops, and project weeks.

An adventure trail on the Schlossinsel (Castle Island) affords a look at riparian habitats, animals, and plants across the river landscape. A stopover on the trail presents an array of animal tracks, hides, antlers, and other fascinating clues to the area’s beavers, stag, roe deer, or foxes. Other resident wildlife includes European pond turtles, native snake species, amphibians, and various insects – from wild bees and beetles to dragonflies, butterflies and more. Step into the underwater observation station for a glimpse at the aquatic life teeming in the old arms of the river Danube. It’s a bit like a dive or snorkel, without all the gear!

www.donauauen.at

»… To walk into Donau-Auen National Park is to enter a unique world – a world of lush riparian forest, idyllic oxbow lakes and the mighty Danube.«
Uschi Grabner (Donau-Auen National Park)

Castles of the Marchfeld Schlösserreich

The Marchfeld Schlösserreich is a bevy of castles that includes Schloss Hof, Niederweiden, Eckartsau, Marchegg, and Orth. Nestled on a stretch of the Marchfeld plain between the capitals of Vienna and Bratislava, it is here that the elegance of the five palaces meets the splendour of nature and the allure of the unknown.

Tip: Your ticket or receipt for the first castle you visit entitles you to a 10% discount on admission to any other castle in the Marchfeld Schlösserreich.

www.schloesserreich.at

Animal tracking along the Lassee nature trails

Surrounded by the large wetland habitats of the Morava and Danube river floodplains, Lassee is situated in one of the driest tracts of land in Austria. Its sandy soils and Pannonian climate create an ideal refuge for rare flora and fauna, including bee-eaters (a type of bird) or the pasqueflower, a threatened and strictly protected plant species.

Cyclists and committed walkers and hikers can explore mysterious preserve areas such as “Erdpresshöhe” or “Uhuhütte” along the area’s nature trails. The 33-kilometre trail includes exciting and informative interactive stations as well as a quiz rally designed to help familiarise visitors with the nature and landscape of the Marchfeld plain.

Information and route:
www.lassee.at

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Culinary delights

Hungry visitors will find fabulous local culinary specialities, since the Marchfeld plain is a true paradise for gourmets. From the famed Marchfeld asparagus and Marchfeld vegetables to juicy strawberries and organic beef, the area boasts an absolutely delicious array of foods. Stay a while and bring your appetite; it’s time to indulge in any number of the Marchfeld’s many delicacies.

For an overview of Marchfeld farm shops and local produce sellers, visit www.marchfeld.weinviertel.at

»I love the Marchfeld because organic vegetables grow and taste best here.«
Gerhard Michaeler / organic farmer, Marchegg

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