schlossORTH National Park Centre
The first port of call for any visit to the Donau-Auen National Park is the schlossORTH National Park Centre, the „Gateway to the Wetlands“. Accompany the national park rangers on a special journey of discovery!
The „DonAUräume“ multimedia exhibition will introduce you via a number of unconventional access points to the fascinating world of the Danube Wetlands.
Here, you will learn how the landscape came into being and all about the present-day national park and its hidden treasures. Participation is highly recommended.
On the “Schlossinsel”, the Centre’s discovery area, you can see up close the animals and plants that inhabit the national park region. The highlight is the only underwater observatory of its kind in Austria.
The wetlands landscape on the Danube is unique in Central Europe and has been under the protection of the Donau-Auen National Park since 1996. This unspoilt landscape has exceptional beauty and the protected area provides a place of retreat for rare species.The schlossORTH National Park Centre offers a wealth of interesting and unusual information about the Danube Wetlands and should be the first port of call for anyone visiting the national park. As the „Gateway to the Wetlands“, the Centre opens up the world of the national park for visitors.The multimedia DonAUräume exhibition, staged in four rooms, provides information about some of the lesser known aspects of the national park region. It brings the origins of the region to life and explains how the national park works today. In addition, the schlossORTH National Park Centre regularly organises special exhibitions and guest presentations. The lookout tower offers views over the Danube Wetlands, and a camera provides live views of the stork nest. The castle’s courtyard is the meeting point for guided tours and also a place for visitors to take a well-earned rest. The “Schlossinsel” is the outdoor discovery area. Enjoy a walking tour around and experience the animals and plants of the region in their habitats. Observe the European pond turtles and some typical snake varieties from the Danube Wetlands in their special enclosures. Amphibians and insects have also made a home on the island. Spring flowers also flourish here, as do rare water plants, wild flowers, groves, arid grassland plants and a number of impressive trees. The underwater observatory is the main attraction; it provides a unique glimpse of aquatic life that is just like diving underwater yourself.
The area also has facilities to encourage our younger guests to play and join in.
The tourist information office provides expert advice on the national park and the region. The shop has a selection of souvenirs of the Danube Wetlands.
A diverse programme of activities and events for young and old rounds off the many „things to do“ at the schlossORTH National Park Centre.
The schlossORTH National Park Centre invites visitors to enjoy the fascinating world of the Danube Wetlands. You will find all of this under one roof:
- Information and booking office
- DonAUräume exhibition
- The Schlossinsel experience with underwater observatory
- National park shop and lounge
- Viewing tower and courtyard, guest exhibitions each year
- Family parties, events, guided tours
- museumORTH, the local museum of Orth an der Donau
- Wheelchair accessible
- Just 15km from the outskirts of Vienna!
Opening hours 2021
3 May – 30 May: Monday to Friday from 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1 June – 30 September: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1 October – 1 November: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2 November – 20 March: closed for the winter. Telephone enquiries and bookings only, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Adults € 11
Children, young adults from 6-19, students and apprentices € 6
Seniors € 9
Family ticket € 23
Season ticket € 20
Family season ticket € 40
The entrance charge includes a guided tour of the DonAUräume exhibition and the entrance to the Schlossinsel and the viewing tower.