Nationalpark Donau-Auen

The National Park stretches like a green belt along the Danube from Vienna to the national border in the east of Niederösterreich

The National Park stretches like a green belt along the Danube from Vienna to the national border in the east of Lower Austria. Its 9,300 hectares preserve the largest continuous river-meadow landscape in Central Europe, which is ecologically virtually intact. The National Park is driven by the Danube and its ebb and flow, and it is home to a dazzling variety of habitats, flora and fauna, many of them already endangered.The Genesis of the National Park
Through the Danube regulation at the end of the 19th century,drastically changed  the natural balance of this meadow landscape, and these were followed by the forestry industry and a series of hydroelectric power stations. In 1984, though, the construction of the Hainburg power plant threatened to finally destroy the last free-flowing stretches of the Danube in an Austrian basin landscape. The peaceful occupation of the meadow by thousands of environmentalists in December 1984put an end to the power plant project, and preparatory plans were drafted for a protected area. On 27 October 1996, the National Park contract between the Austrian Republic and the provinces of Vienna and Lower Austria was signed.Nature Preservation in the National Park
In order to conserve the biodiversity of animals and plants, the preservation of their habitats is of key importance. This is the only remaining area in which the free-flowing Danube can still shape its meadows on a large scale over the long term. Nevertheless, great efforts are needed if the impact of previous interventions is to be in some way alleviated or even reversed. The hydraulic measures taken on the Danube to restore the river and revitalise its various courses and its ecosystem as a whole are of critical importance for the preservation and promotion of the meadows' typical communities.Experiencing the Outdoors in the National Park
This impressive meadow landscape can be explored by visitors on long hiking trails and a great array of excursions.For further information:
National Park Forestry Authorities
Lobau (MA-49) Tel.: +43/ 2249/ 2353 and
Eckartsau (ÖBf AG) Tel.: +43/ 2214/ 2335-18,
E-mail: The National Park magazine 'Au-Blick' and a folder are available from:
Nationalpark Donau-Auen GmbH
Tel.: +43/ 2212/ 3450 or by

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