Spotlight on the Marchfeld region

A perfect day in the region

A perfect day in the region
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Perhaps the “MARCHFELD Secrets” have aroused your curiosity about what this region at the gates of Austria’s capital city has to offer. Take a look at the various municipalities in the Marchfeld. From Aderklaa to Weikerndorf – the Marchfeld communities are as richly facetted as the region itself. You’ll be amazed at what there is to discover in this extraordinary stretch of land between Vienna and Bratislava!

Famous battles and the end of the Danube Monarchy

Did you know that Aderklaa was one of the theatres of conflict involved in the Battle of Wagram? In July 1809, Napoleon’s French troops defeated Archduke Charles of Austria. Another – more charming – curiosity can be found in Andlersdorf: the small community’s sports club boasts more members than Andlersdorf’s population. One of the historical events that brought international fame to Deutsch-Wagram was the opening of the Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway in 1837. The first steam-driven railway train in Austria ran from Floridsdorf to Deutsch-Wagram. The township of Eckartsau also came to fame through an illustrious guest in the palace – Emperor Charles I: the last ruler of the Danube Monarchy spent his last months in Austria in Eckartsau Palace. On 23 March 1919 he set forth from Eckartsau for exile in Switzerland – leaving at Kopfstetten railway station.

Baroque palaces and a lake “where the leek grows”

French cemetery
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You will find the two most famous Baroque palaces in the market town of Engelhartstetten: Schloss Hof and Niederweiden Palace. The district’s capital, Gänserndorf, is renowned for its many cultural attractions, summer scene, the traditional Feast of St Martin’s and more. There’s something going on here the whole year round! The idyllic township of Glinzendorf lies directly next to the Eastern Railway, while Gross-Enzersdorf, the “Gate to the Marchfeld”, boasts many impressive features such as a town wall that is around 600 years old. In the midst of the fertile farmland of the Marchfeld lies the smallest independent municipality in Lower Austria, Grosshofen, with an area of 6.18 km². In its environs, you will find Haringsee with its two cadastral communities of Fuchsenbigl and Straudorf and its red “plague cross”, set up because the small village had been spared from the cattle plague of 1882. The town of Lassee used to be called Lauchsee – which literally translates to “the lake where the leek grows”. Is this still true today? Why not set off on an exploration trail through this lovely little village and find out for yourself?

Cycle routes, a ruin, and a moated castle

bike lanes
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The market town of Leopoldsdorf in the Marchfeld was called “Liupoltsdorf” until 1246. The latter name derives from the famous minnesinger Tannhäuser. The idyllic township of Mannsdorf an der Donau, meanwhile, is situated directly on the popular cycle route Passau – Vienna ¬– Bratislava, with a length of 308 kilometres.
At the 2022 State Exhibition you’ll find out that the municipality of Marchegg is famous for its stork colony and the palace, which was originally designed as a moated castle. Markgrafneusiedl is known for its towering castle ruin located on the highest spot of the Marchfeld, the foothills of Kleiner Wagram. In the heart of the Marchfeld, right on the Marchfeld Canal cycle route, you’ll find the market town of Obersiebenbrunn with its lovely inns. In Orth an der Donau, make sure you don’t miss out on the famous schlossORTH and museumORTH! Afterwards, you can take a stroll on “Castle Island”, a new outdoor range at the National Park centre.

From “vegetable village” to railway museum

vegetable garden
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You can try a refreshing detour to the township of Parbasdorf with its pristine landscape, surrounded by vast crop and vegetable fields. The “vegetable village” Raasdorf produces, processes and sells a major segment of the Austrian carrot, onion, asparagus, artichoke, apricot and strawberry harvest. Strasshof on the Northern Railway Line is of trans-regional significance for the annual Marchfeld Fair, among other things; you can also visit the well-known Railway Museum there. The seven sources of the Stempfelbach stream explain the name of Siebenbrunn, which translates to “Seven Fountains”. Fully-developed cycle routes along the Stempfelbach stream are a tempting invitation to delight in nature on two wheels. The community of Weiden an der March on the river Morava boasts two nature reserves: the sandy hills of Oberweiden and the major part of the Marchauen Nature Reserve. Weikendorf, one of the oldest documented townships in Austria, is also located in the Marchfeld. It was founded in the mid-11th century and was formerly called Wikkendorf, Wykendorf, Wikkeindorf and Wiccindorf.

As you can see, the Marchfeld region is full of secrets and mysteries! Regardless of whether you’re planning a day trip to the Marchfeld, a (long) weekend, or a holiday, you will certainly experience more than you could ever imagine. Pssst: our partners will also gladly supply you with inspiring ideas for your personal, magical Marchfeld mystery tour!

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