Donau-Auen National Park

Explore the unique nature of the Danube

Action-packed programs, boat tours on the Danube and in idyllic backwaters, hiking with National Park rangers and much more awaits you in this very special natural resort just outside Vienna.

Guided Tour of the National Park Exhibition and Nature Research Quiz on the Schlossinsel

If you prefer active learning over passive listening, then this tour is for you. First, a visit to the exhibition at the schlossORTH National Park Centre helps you learn the basics about the Donau-Auen National Park. Afterwards, the tour splits up into teams to explore the Schlossinsel grounds, where different wetlands species may be observed. Your newly-gained knowledge will be tested in a nature research quiz, a contest which requires not only skill but also team spirit! A rope bridge and a nature path are the most immediate challenges.

Each participant receives his or her own "researcher diploma" as a memento of this special event.

Tour Overview:

  • Duration: approx. 3 hours (incl. breaks)
  • Persons: minimum of 15 persons
  • Price: € 12,50 per person

Danube Adventure: Rubber Dinghy Tour from Schönau to Orth/Danube

With National Park rangers as your guides, get into a rubber dinghy and float down the powerful Danube, passing steep bluffs, gravel banks and ships. Become one with nature! Feel the elementary power of the river with every paddle.

Kick back and relax on one of the many gravel banks. Take in the wetlands with all your senses: smell the river, observe the lush flora, and be on the lookout for rare fauna. Meeting point for this tour is at the Uferhaus restaurant in Orth/Danube. National Park rangers will greet you and then travel with you in your own bus to Schönau.

After group participants have been assigned to their respective dinghies – and after providing basic instructions on how to paddle – your ranger guides will paddle with you to a Danube side arm. Things get really exciting when the boats enter the free-flowing stretch of the Danube and drift downstream on the strong current. The National Park's unique water connectivity project and the way it benefits the animal kingdom are featured in this part of the journey. The tour ends where it began in Orth/Danube – an unforgettable experience for all. 

Tour Overview:

  • Duration: approx. 3 hours
  • Persons: minimum of 6, max. 10 persons per boat (participants must be 15 years or older)
  • Price: € 235,-- per boat

(Participants must make an own bus available for this tour.)

Short and Long Walks in the Donau-Auen National Park

Taking a wetlands walk with a National Park ranger as your guide will open your eyes to the many hidden wonders of nature. The best seasons for walking tours are spring, fall and winter. You can select from among the different options, e.g. in Hainburg.

Here is where the Danube carves out its bed through the Porta Hungarica. First, the tour leads downstream along the foot of the Braunberg, then moves upward toward the Rötelstein ruins. A scenic path offers panorama views of the newly emerged, revitalised gravel banks in the National Park across from Hainburg as well as interesting perspectives on the medieval city itself.

Tour Overview:

  • Duration: approx. 3 hours
  • Persons: max. 20 persons
  • Price: € 165,-- (for 20 persons)

Nationalpark Donauauen