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Eastern Austria: Lake Neusiedl in spring and autumn

We return to the lakes, forests and mountains of wonderful Eastern Austria in spring, at a time when the breeding season is in full swing, and the mountains are in flower, and again in early autumn, with the excitement of passage migrants.

Starts Ends Duration Group size Led by Price Single supp. Deposit
Mon 18 May 2015 Mon 25 May 2015 8 days Max. 12 clients Stephen Daly £1595 £125 £300
Sat 29 Aug 2015 Sat 5 Sep 2015 8 days Max. 12 clients Stephen Daly £1595 £125 £300

Outline itinerary

  1. Day 1

    We catch a morning flight from London to Vienna. Just over an hour’s drive will bring us to our hotel in the small town of Illmitz, which will be our base throughout the holiday. We should arrive in time to enjoy some local birding this afternoon. Overnight Illmitz.

  2. Days 2-7

    Each day we’ll be choosing from a fine array of habitats to visit, according to local conditions prevailing at the time. Six nights Illmitz.

  3. Day 8

    After enjoying a final morning birdwatching around Lake Neusiedl, we return to Vienna and catch our afternoon flight back to London.

Neusiedl has long been a firm favourite of ours – and with good reason! One of Europe’s largest lakes, it’s also one of the very best for birds. To the east lie the splendid wetlands of the Seewinkel and the start of the Great Hungarian Plain; to the north, the riverine forests of the March; and to the west, the pine-clad foothills of the Austrian Alps – which we shall access via a scenic rack-and-pinion railway journey aboard the Fire Salamander. The whole presents a tapestry of habitats surpassed only by the impressive range of birds to be found there.

Spring and autumn visits to Lake Neusiedl are always a delight. Serin and Black Redstart are garden birds here and White Storks still build their bulky stick nests on village rooftops. Most of central Europe’s long list of special birds occur too. Spoonbill, Great White Egret, Ferruginous Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Great Bustard, Black and Syrian Woodpeckers, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole and Red-backed Shrike should all be about – busy nesting in May and with noisy families in tow by September.

Why not join us – spring or autumn – for the best of central European birdwatching?

Accommodation: Our hotel in the sleepy town of Illmitz, right on the edge of the Seewinkel wetlands, is run by a family that understands birdwatchers and are interested in birding and wildlife themselves. All rooms have been recently renovated to a high standard with en suite bathrooms, including some with a bath (please request one if you would prefer this). The hotel has a birding library and a viewing platform where we can watch the White Storks on their nest on top of the roof of the local bank. Syrian Woodpecker have nested in the ‘hof’ or yard in spring, and if the weather’s kind, we can take breakfast or dinner there and watch the adult woodpecker’s comings or goings!
Meals: All included in the price. Breakfasts and dinners at the hotel. Lunches are our popular mix of picnics and leisurely sit-down meals taken at one of the region’s traditional restaurants or  Gasthofs.  

Walking: The countryside around the lake itself is flat and the going easy, with short walks (1-3 miles). Expect a few short uphill stretches along good trails in the surrounding hills and mountains, all taken slowly.

Ground Transport:  By minibus

Operated in conjunction with Limosa Holidays.

Tour report PDFs

  1. August 2010
  2. May 2010

What’s included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Scheduled return flights London to Vienna
  • All accommodation
  • Meals
  • Minibus transport
  • Schneeberg Mountain railway excursion
  • Admissions, permits and entry fees to reserves
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Map
  • Bird and butterfly checklist

Arrange your own flights

The per person price excluding flights from/to the UK is £1460