The first point of contact for a visit to the Donau-Auen National Park is the schlossORTH National Park Centre, the “Gateway to the Floodplain”. Embark on a special research trip with the national park rangers!
The multi-media “DonAUräume” Exhibition uses unconventional approaches to bring you closer to the fascinating world of the Danube Floodplains.
The origin of this landscape as well as the current situation of the National Park can be experienced here and likewise its hidden treasures. Participation is very important!
On the Castle Island, the Floodplain Experience area of the Centre, living spaces, animals
and plants of the National Park region are presented. The centerpiece – unique in Austria – is an accessible underwater station, offering visitors a look into a body of water.
A river landscape on the Danube, unique in Central Europe, has been protected since 1996 by the Donau-Auen National Park. This pristine landscape is of impressive beauty, and the reserve is a place of retreat for rare species.
The schlossORTH National Park Centre offers new perspectives and comprehensive information as the first point of contact for National Park guests. As a “Gateway to the Floodplain”, it opens to visitors the world of the National Park.
The multimedia DonAUräume Exhibition shows unusual perspectives of the National Park region in four rooms. The origins and current situation of the National Park can be experienced. In addition, annually changing special exhibitions and guest presentations are shown in the schlossORTH National Park Centre. The Observation Tower offers a view over the Danube floodplains, and a camera provides live insights into the stork eyrie. The Tournament Courtyard of the castle is a meeting place for guided tours and the National Park Lounge invites you to enjoy a cosy rest.
The Castle Island is the Floodplain Experience outdoor area of the National Park Centre. Here you can experience the habitats, animals and plants of the region. Gophers, European pond turtles and characteristic species of snakes have their own enclosures here. Amphibians and insects have settled here. Spring bloomers, rare aquatic plants, wildflowers, shrubs, dry grassland plants and impressive trees thrive. As the heart of the Castle Island, the Underwater Observation Station offers unique views of a body of water; an experience that can be compared to diving – numerous native fish frolic on the other side of the glass panes.
Facilities for the little ones to play as well as get involved complete the offer on the Castle Island.
Our Tourist Information provides competent advice about the National Park and the surrounding region. Visitors to the National Park Shop will find a large selection of items, giving you the “Floodplains to take home”. Programmes and events in the schlossORTH National Park Centre for young and old complete our offer.
News: The 2018 Season is all about amphibians. Discover the graceful Danube Crested Newt and its relatives!
From 21 March – 1 November the schlossORTH National Park Centre invites you to get to know the fascinating world of the Danube Floodplains. You will find the following under one roof:
- Information and Booking Office
- DonAUräume Exhibition
- Castle Island Floodplain Experience area with Underwater Observation Station
- National Park Shop and Lounge
- Observation Tower and Tournament Courtyard with yearly changing guest exhibitions
- Family festivals, events, tours
- Event Centre and MuseumORTH from the town of Orth/Donau
- Only 15 km from the outskirts of Vienna
21 March – 30 September. Daily: 09:00 – 18:00
1 October – 1 November. Daily: 09:00 – 17:00
1 November – 20 March. CLOSED for winter!
For information and bookings, telephone: Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 13:00
Adults € 11
Child (aged 6 – 18), Student and Apprentice: € 6
Senior € 9
Family Ticket € 23
Season Ticket € 20
Family Season Ticket € 40
Admission includes the guided tour of the DonAUräume Exhibition as well as the individual tour of the Castle Island and the Observation Tower. Guided Tours: Daily: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 (duration approx. 50 minutes)