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Vienna’s parks & gardens are inviting – to relax and admire the imperial magnificence.
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The Lobau, the "water forest", lies in the east of Vienna, covers 2,300 hectares and accounts for almost one third of the entire area of the Donau-Auen National Park. This is one of six Austrian national parks, has been existing for 15 years and protects one of the last remaining large wetlands in Central Europe.
The area is home to more than 800 species of plant, 30 mammal and 100 brooding bird species, 8 reptile, 13 amphibian and 60 fish species. Beavers, sea eagles, praying mantis, grey herons, small emperor moths and little ringed plovers populate this secretive world. The kingfisher, the "flying jewel", is also at home here and is the symbol of the National Park.
For residents of Vienna, the Lobau is not only a green oasis, but also offers a wide range of activities. From an educational hike, to an excursion on the National Park boat, to a hiking excursion - everything is possible here. Some bodies of water can even be swum in.
The wien-lobAU National Park house, which opened in 2007, lets visitors experience nature in harmony with architecture. Exhibitions, informational events and a shop on the topic of wetland forests are offered. A well signposted hiking and cycling network runs throughout the Lobau. Also recommended are the free guided educational hikes, which present the special features of the wetland forest eco-system. If you'd like to hike along historic trails, then the eleven kilometre-long Napoleon loop trail comes highly recommended. Archduke Carl gave Napoleon his first taste of defeat in the battle at Aspern and Essling in 1809. As a memorial to this, stone obelisks were erected at all the main sites of the event and two museums were built. The hiking trail, which can be freely accessed all year round and lies entirely in the Lobau, leads to battle sites as well as to Napoleon's headquarters and the French Cemetery.
From the city center right into the Lobau? The small but nice National Park boat plies from the Old City along the Viennese Danube canal into the jungle. Those who prefer a larger ship can take the Admiral Tegetthoff on the first Sunday of the month from May to September. The boat goes from the center of Vienna through the National Park, taking you to the mediaeval town of Hainburg.
For more detailed information, go to www.donauauen.at
MA 49 - City of Vienna Forestry Department
Booking of bicycle and hiking tours
Tours also in English and Slovakian (other languages on request)
22., Dechantweg 8
Bus 91A (Roter Hiasl), 92A, 93A (Naufahrtbrücke)
2 March - 30 October
We to Su, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Hiking map and folder available at the Forestry Commission office
"Aspern 1809" and "Essling-Schüttkasten" museums open from April to October, Su 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, free admission
Start of the tour:
22., U1 Kagran, Bus 91A Lobgrundgasse
Departure: 9 a.m., Salztorbrücke, departs from Franz-Josefs Quay
from 6 people, reservation required
May 2 to October 26, daily
Day trip on board the Admiral Tegetthoff
Departure: 8.30 a.m., Reichsbrücke