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
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.