FIVE GEMS

Marchfeld's palace realm

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Schloss Hof, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Liebert
Marchfeld products, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Liebert
Experience of nature, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Liebert

Marchfeld

Marchfeld – Austria's grain & vegetable treasury – is situated between the European metropolises of Vienna and Bratislava. In the east the area is bordered by the River March and, along with the Danube-Auen National Park to the south, creates a natural environment whose fluvial landscapes and natural alluvial forests provide a unique refuge for numerous plant and animal species. The expansive landscape of Marchfeld tempts you to linger for a while. The region also provides inspiring excursion destinations with its Baroque palaces.

10 things you ought to have done in Marchfeld …

As well as Marchfeld's very well-known asparagus, Austria's grain & vegetable treasury also offers lots of exciting excursion destinations and a real smorgasbord of castles. We let you in on 10 insider tips that you definitely ought to experience in Marchfeld …

Advent market, © SKB / Astrid Knie

Stroll through the atmospheric Advent markets

The most contemplative time of the year is best enjoyed at the Advent markets in Marchfeld. Experience the magic while strolling through the festively decorated palaces, far away from the hustle and bustle. Along with culinary treats, including 'Weinviertler' Christmas doughnuts and 'Weinviertler' mulled wine, there are traditional hand-made artisan items and musical performances which provide a wonderful ambience for you to sit back and enjoy for a while.

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Marchfeld asparagus, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Bartl

Try freshly harvested Marchfeld asparagus

Far beyond its borders, Marchfeld is a region known for its asparagus. Thanks to the favourable climate and sandy soils, asparagus grows so well here. From the middle of April until mid-June you have the opportunity to buy freshly harvested Marchfeld asparagus in the region's farm shops and use it to magic up tasty dishes. Those of you who prefer to be indulged definitely ought to pay a visit to Marchfeld's restaurants and inns.

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Schloss Eckartsau, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Liebert

Head out on a tour of the palaces

In hardly any other area in Austria are there so many palace estates as there are in Marchfeld. The five gems – Schloss Hof, Niederweiden, Eckartsau, Marchegg and Orth – form Marchfeld's palace realm and can be discovered during a tour. Head out on a journey through time and learn about personalities from times past, including Prince Eugen and Maria Theresia. Tip: With your receipt from your first palace visit, you get to enjoy a 10% discount on other entry fees.

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Baroque garden in Schloss Hof, © SKB / Lois Lammerhuber

Marvel at the Baroque garden in Schloss Hof

Experience a genuine garden paradise in the Baroque garden at Schloss Hof. Spread over a total of seven terraces, this unique garden dates back to the 18th century. Reconstructed with a great deal of attention to detail, sumptuous flowerbeds, impressive fountains and artistic stone sculptures now adorn the exterior of the palace. Experience this inspiring Baroque garden during a visit and marvel at the unique, wonderful flowers.

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Al fresco dining in the Weinviertel region, © Weinviertel Tourismus

Experience pleasure-filled moments at tables in the Weinviertel

Enjoy extra special pleasure from the middle of June until the end of August at the exclusive 'Tafeln im Weinviertel' series of events, where top-notch chefs from the Weinviertel serve a 5-course menu on long tables, bedecked with white cloth, in the picturesque landscape of the Weinviertel and the wine-growers present delicious wines to match. Music and the wonderful serenity of the Weinviertel complete this unforgettable evening.

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Danube-Auen National Park, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Liebert

Marvel at the flora & fauna of the Danube-Auen National Park

A unique natural spectacle is there to see and marvel at, thanks to the enormous variety of plants and animals on an area spanning around 9600 hectares in the Danube-Auen National Park. Attractive hiking and cycling routes, fantastic observation points, guided themed excursions and exciting adventure-packed hikes, as well as many other attractions, tempt you to distance yourself from the stresses of daily life and experience the wonder of nature.

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Canoeing , © Weinviertel Tourismus / Mandl

Explore the waters of Marchfeld by canoe

Adventure-packed canoe tours enable you to explore Marchfeld from the water. Whether it is a Marchfeld Canal tour, or a tour of the March – while paddling you get to experience nature at its loveliest on the flowing waters. While gliding along quietly, at a leisurely pace, you get to enjoy the unspoilt natural surroundings, see the animals in their natural habitat and enjoy the fresh air.

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Stork colony in Marchegg, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Herbst

Visit Marchegg's white stork colony

From April to August the famous white stork colony can be seen in Marchfeld. At the end of August the storks then make their way back to South Africa, where they set up their winter habitat. Did you know that Marchegg's storks cover almost 20,000 km on their journey and that their wingspan is over 2 metres? As part of a guided tour, you get to find out even more interesting details about the stork family and can even get up close to them!

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Iron Curtain Trail, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Gollner

Cycle along the former Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain which once divided Europe into East and West, can today be explored by bike on a length spanning 10,400 kilometres in total – from Finland to the Black Sea. Starting from Mannersdorf on the March, you cycle along the river on the Austrian-Slovakian to Bratislava. Passing sights like Schloss Hof palace, the Devínska Kobyla nature reserve and the remains of the barbed wire, you get to experience European history up close.

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Heizhaus Strasshof, © Weinviertel Tourismus / Himml

Get to know the veterans of the rails

Full steam back to the past to gaze in wonder at the veterans of the rails – 'Das Heizhaus' railway museum in Strasshof provides this experience. All ages have the opportunity to marvel at the many history-charged locomotives and waggons in a historic atmosphere and learn about the history of steam locomotives.

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