burgenland Burgenland is the most eastern province of Austria.

The place is well known for the wine, Austria's largest lake, and it's wellness offers.

Burgenland was given to Austria in 1459 but went to Hungary under Emperor Matthias Corvinus in the peace treaty of Ödenburg (1452). Maximilian I won Burgenland back for Austria while Kaiser Ferdinand II returned it to Hungary without a war.

burgenland After the demise of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy in 1918 the inhabitants of Burgenland voted for reunification with Austria. The decision was fixed in the peace treaties of Saint Germain and Trianon. Only the area around Ödenburg (Sopron) was set up for a public vote. This area voted for unification with Hungary and is now called Sopron. From 1925 on Eisenstadt became the capital of Burgenland.

Coat of Arms by Dr. Peter Diem

Neusiedler See-Seewinkel
Seewinkel Nationalpark since 1993.

Austria's first national park to be recognized internationally by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) is located in the plain east of Lake Neusiedl, in the region called Seewinkel. The necessary lands, private property of more than 1,000 owners in seven municipalities, have been leased. Several years' planning in close collaboration with the population contributed to the high acceptance of the national park within the region. At the same time, the "Fertö Hanság Nemzeti Park" was created on the Hungarian side of the border: "Fertö" for Lake Neusiedl, "Hanság" for the former moor, the "Waasen". The region of Lake Neusiedl is a biogeographical border region for many animal and plant species.

The 320 square kilometre lake with an average water depth of 1.10 metres is the westernmost prairie lake in Europe. More than half of its surface is covered by the mighty reed belt, an important habitat particularly for birds. The southern part and the neighbouring meadows form the natural zone of the national park, in which every form of exploitation - tourism, hunting, fishing, reed-cutting - has been banned.

Together with the salt lakes, moist meadows and the pastures that have developed over the centuries, the Seewinkel is still reminiscent of Puszta romance. For the migration of birds, in particular, this intertwinement of natural and cultivated land is of imminent importance. Waders, such as the Kentish Plover, Avocet, or Ruff are among the typical summer guests. In Autumn, thousands of Bean Geese and White-fronted Geese offer a memorable performance when they descend on their sleeping places.

In the region itself, the national park has triggered enormous dynamics: large surfaces were elliminated from agricultural use, pasturing measures lead to a revival of the pastures, old and rare species of domestic animals are now being bred by the national park management again. Last but not least, steering measures and regional supervision offer the visitor an experience of nature without endangering the individual habitats. Whether on guided walks, tours with a horse-drawn carriage, rides or cycle tours - the beauties of the national park can be explored in many ways.

Forchenstein Castle
Forchenstein Castle

Melinda-Esterházy-Platz 1
A-7212 Forchtenstein
Tel: +43-2626-812-12

- link: Forchenstein Castle
- link: www.burg-forchtenstein.at

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Quality Wine from Burgenland
alc. 11,5% vol;
half drying
radiating yellowish green; in the nose intensive fruit notes; presents itself softly, pleasant and mildly in the taste; drink-animating


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roter storch Quality Wine from Burgenland
alc. 12,5% vol;
dark ruby-red with violet glow; in the Bukett fruity of vistula and cherries; at the palate fully and strongly; easily spicy;


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