The Lobau – Vienna’s jungle
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. The guided adventure hikes, which present the special features of the alluvial forest ecosystem, are also worth recommending. If you'd like to hike along historic trails, then the ten 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.
For more detailed information, go to www.donauauen.at
National Park House Vienna-LobauDechantweg 8, 1220 Wien
National Park Boat mooring pointSalztorbrücke/Franz-Josefs-Kai, 1010 Wien
Departs: 9.00 am
from 6 people, registration required
daily from 2 May to 26 October
More information on the National Park Boat
Napoleon loop hiking trail
Hiking map and folder available from the forest administration
"Aspern 1809" and "Essling-Schüttkasten" museums open from April to October, Su 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, free admission
Start of the tour: 22nd district, U2 Donaustadtbrücke, bus 92B Lobgrundstrasse