Thayatal National Park reserve gets its name after a river Thaya that
flows between hills. At 311 km it is the longest tributary to the Morava
River. Originally this area was supposed to be filled up by an
artificial lake after construction of a hydro plant. However public
outcry stopped these plans from fruition. Thayatal National Park was
established in 1997 after the Lower Austrian National Parks Act.
Currently there are plans to expand the area, but no concrete steps
have been made.
The tallest peak in Thayatal National Park is a mount Umlaufberg,
completely surrounded by forests and rift valleys. This smallest
protected area of Austria
was established in 1971 and covers a total 1300 hectares
of pristine untouched nature. In addition to marvellous nature you can
visit ruins of medieval stronghold of Kaja and
Castle within its boundaries.