Nature & the Region

The Seewinkel Region

A Special Place

The Seewinkel region is located at an average altitude of 120m above sea level, making it the lowest-lying area in Austria. It has a Pannonian, slightly continental climate.

With an average annual temperature of around 10°C, 2,000 sun hours per year and approximately 600mm of annual rainfall, the Seewinkel region is one of the warmest and dryest in Austria.

Spanning 320km², Lake Neusiedl is the largest steppe lake in Central Europe. More than half of the surface area is covered in reeds and the lake has an average depth of 1.5m. From north to south it is 35km long.

The flat, sodium-rich Seewinkel lakes are a characteristic feature of the region. Some are 20,000 years old.

The unique region is home to flora and fauna not found in other parts of Austria.

2 National Park Zones

To ensure the region's ecosystems are not disrupted we have split the national park into 2 zones. The nature zone is not used. Visitation is not permitted here, and artificial forestry techiques are not applied. This part of the national park is a place of dynamic and natural change.

The conservation zones, on the otherhand, are places where a wide range of techniques are used to secure or improve the area for the plants and animals that grow and live there.

Lake Neusiedl - Seewinkel's natural and cultural landscape is not just a conservation area, it is protected under various national and international laws as a landscape reserve, Natura 2000 area, a biogenetic reserve of the European Council, Ramsar Convention wetlands, a UNESCO biosphere park and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Click here for more information about the Lake Neusiedl - Seewinkel National Park

Discover Seewinkel's Nature

Bee-Eater at Gols

Enjoy Central Europe's first luxury 4-star superior lodge whilst discovering a host of adventures in the spectacular Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park.

Wildlife Diversity in the Seewinkel Region

Gray geese landing

The Lake Neusiedl - Seewinkel region is the natural border between the alpine foothills to the west and the Little Hungarian Plain to the east. The steppe lake, unique salt lakes, grazing lands, marshlands, grasslands, forests, salt and sand landscapes are home to a wide range of fauna and flora with more than 300 species of bird that can be spotted in the area throughout the year. 

Outdoor Discovery Programme

Birdwatching in the Seewinkel Region

Our daily outdoor discovery programme changes depending on the time of year. You can register for it at St Martins Lodge's reception or at the Safari desk in the lobby. Take a look at our Outdoor Discovery Programme to see what's currently on offer.

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