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Wildlife holidays in Austria

Tell me about Austria …

Austria is a landlocked country in central Europe. It is very mountainous and has temperate and alpine climates.

In 788 AD Charlemagne introduced Christianity and, under the Habsburg dynasty, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in 1918 at the end of World War 1.

Although Austria is most famous for its mountains, the warm flat lowland region of Neusiedler See is one of Europe’s least known wildlife diversity hotspots.

Neusiedler See lies in an area of Austria which is at a crossroads of landscapes, habitats and cultures. It spans the Austro-Hungarian border and was the first bi-national park to be created in Europe.

Our Austria specialist recommends..

"I recommend our ‘Austria’s Steppes & Wetlands’ tour where we visit one of Europe’s finest National Parks - Neusiedler See. The park is a haven for waterbirds such as Black-necked Grebes, a host of butterflies and other insect life, as well as swathes of wild flowers." - Paul Stanbury

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WetlandsLady OrchidZeizelAustrian Sage with BedstrawGreylag GeeseGreylag Geese with Austrian cowWhite StorkHansag flooded areaWhite HelleborineBlack-tailed GodwitCliff FaceTree Frog on railingWhite Stork's nest atop village shopFeather GrassLong-eared OwlWhite Stork at Lange Lacke (Dave Smallshire)

Whats special about the wildlife?

The extensive reedbeds, salt pools and steppe habitats found in Austria’s lowland regions are home to a particularly rich variety of bird and insect life, as well as a diverse flora.

Naturetrek tour to Austria

Naturetrek offers a natural history tour to Austria’s steppes and wetlands in Neusiedler See, an area of rich natural and cultural diversity.

What might I see?

  • Swathes of wild flowers including Austrian Sage, wetland orchids & clusters of Siberian Blue Iris
  • Mammals such as the endearing ground squirrel, the Souslik, & a variety of bats
  • Great White Egrets, breeding Black-necked Grebes & both Little & Spotted Crakes
  • Other wildlife such as Fire-bellied Toads, dragonflies, butterflies & interesting beetles
  • Displaying Great Bustards & hunting Short-eared Owls

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Austria HOLIDAYS

Mrs C
Cambridgeshire
Austria's Steppes & Wetlands

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Austria with Dave - he was everything you could wish for in a tour leader - considerate, kind, knowledgeable and with a great sense of humour - always cheerful. We look forward to our weekend with him in his home patch in South Devon. Thanks to everyone for a great holiday - both at Naturetrek and our excellent hotel in Illmitz - Hotel Johannes Zeche.