Danube-Auen National Park

Location: Danube River, Lower Austria Map

Area: 93 kmĀ²

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Description of Danube- Auen National Park

Danube- Auen National Park covers 93 square kilometres of the Danube flood plain in the Lower Austria. Danube- Auen National Park is one of the largest remaining wetlands in Europe. Lower Danube area was a site of deforestation and human activity for centuries. In 1984 an Austrian company attempted to construct Hainburg hydroelectric power plant. Popular outcry put a stop to the project and in 1996 Danube- Auen (Lower Danube in German) National Park was established.

 

Late spring and early summer are best time to take off the trail and explore Danube- Auen National Park and surrounding lands on a kayak. Precautions should be taken against snakes and swarms of mosquitoes that favour the environment of the Danube river wetlands. Ticks from May through July can also prove to be a nuisance. Danube- Auen National Park is home to over 700 species of plants, over 30 species of mammals, over 100 species birds, 8 reptiles, 13 amphibian species and over 50 species of fish. It is one of the best preserved wetlands in Europe.