• schlossORTH Nationalparkzentrum, Schlossinsel © Dolecek
  • schlossORTH Nationalparkzentrum, Schlossinsel-Exkursion © NÖ Werbung, Newmann
  • schlossORTH Nationalparkzentrum, Unterwasserstation auf der Schlossinsel © Dolecek
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schlossORTH National Park Center

Paradise. Donau-Auen National Park comprises one of Central Europe's last major intact riparian wetlands.
The park protects this sensitive landscape. With quiet strength, certitude and ever-changing water levels, the Danube is a lifeline that determines the rhythm of life in this riparian zone. The symbiosis of the habitats water and woodlands serve as home to a unique array of fauna and flora. Courted by willows whispering in the wind and oaks that have stood for centuries, this natural paradise is shared with numerous protected animal species.

Schlossinsel, schlossORTH Nationalpark-Zentrum

Castle island - schlossORTH National Park Center
Experience life: riverside woodlands in miniature amidst animals and plants native to the Danube wetlands. An incomparable Danube garden: On the castle island, you experience characteristic habitats, animals and plants of this riparian landscape. It is home to European pond turtles, domestic snakes and frogs, the local ground squirrels known as sousliks, and fascinating insects such as wild bees, beetles and dragonflies, not to mention butterflies of all kinds.

Unique in Austria: Walk-in underwater station
Take a dive without getting wet: The walk-in underwater observation station affords a view of the diversity of water creatures in these side arms of the Danube. So quiet and tranquil on the surface, the river becomes a habitat pulsing with life under the water. On the island, children can play to their heart's content on a suspension bridge, a balancing trail and a large bird nest. Become an observer, a researcher, an adventurer.

Special tip: The video archive of the Donau-Auen National Park!

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...that Austria has its own indigenous turtles. The castle island lets you observe first-hand the European pond turtles who call the Donau-Auen National Park home.

Opening times

March 21 to September 30: daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October 1 to November 1: daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Any questions?

The team from schlossORTH National Park Center is happy to advise you!

schlossORTH Nationalpark-Zentrum
2304 Orth/Donau

+43 2212 3555 schlossorth@donauauen.at learn more