Did you know that the earliest signs of spring can be found in the very (north)East of Austria, in the Pannonia plains of northern Burgenland, near Lake Neusiedl? That as you travel here and stay in one of its cozy accommodation units (either B&B or hotels), you will receive the so-called Neusiedler See Card offering you many attractive freebies or discounts on excursions, transport tickets, admission fees, etc. (check out www.neusiedlersee.com for an overview of all discounts or freebies applying to your individual travel time!).
We’ve recently travelled there together with my friends and had a look around starting with the rather famous national park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel.
But the area around Lake Neusiedl offers so much more.
(Wine) Shopping vouchers, for instance, as part of the annual wine spring celebrations, again linked to the Neusiedler See Card. Taste & buy sipping wine around the local wine towns of Illmitz and Purbach, the latter one especially famous for its picturesque cellar lane and typical, historical town centre.
Then, how about knowing more about the famous Burgenland storks, complete with their arrival back from Africa at the onset of spring ..?
They are sooo incredibly cute, let me tell you, all those ubiquitous stork couples breeding on virtually any nest high up at the chimney tops of houses, churches, or any kind of building they find. Each and every year, people await their return from Africa – one of them is Maria Pilles, our host at the “Gästehaus Zur Langen Lacke” in Apetlon. On the very day of our arrival, the second stork has landed, completing the couple and allowing for some “stork love-making” right in front of our eyes … 😉
Check out even more of my travel photography from Burgenland, and Lake Neusiedl here:
My travel writer friends have also written and shared about their trip here:
- Angelika Mandler | Wiederunterwegs.com: “Neusiedler See: Natur & Kultur an 365 Tagen im Jahr“
- Wolfgang & Jessica Möller | Reiseblitz.com: “Der Neusiedler See: Ein Urlaubsziel fürs ganze Jahr“
- Gudrun Krinzinger | Reisebloggerin.at: “Die Neusiedler See Card – Start in den Frühling mit Natur und Wein“
- Florian Figl | TravelPins.at: “Aktiv- und Genussreisen am Neusiedler See: Pannonische Vielfalt rund um Wein, Kulinarik und Natur“
Disclaimer: Paid cooperation. We have been invited by Neusiedler See Tourismus to explore the area around Lake Neusiedl. All opinions are my own.