The Nationalparkhaus Lobau is a visitor centre in the National Park Donauauen and within the city limits of Vienna. The national park it belongs to is probably the least impressive of Austria, but due to the vicinity to the crowded parts of the capital, a very important recreational area.
The main visitor centre can be found in the castle of Orth an der Donau. The parts that belong to Vienna itself are mostly the Lobau, a stretch of once natural floodplain forests that were strongly altered over the course of centuries. Since the National Park is now working towards making the landscape more natural again, the floodplains are restored and active measured are set to re-create the environmental conditions from 200 years ago and earlier.
Objectives of the Nationalparkhaus
The Nationalparkhaus Wien-Lobau serves primarily for visitors from the capital. It is very accessible from the city of Vienna and since its opening 2007, it acted as a multi-functional information- and event venue near the border of the National Park. To make it look even cooler, it is written in lower case (grammatically incorrect in German): "nationalparkhaus".
The facility comes with exhibition rooms, sites for picnics in the surroundings, a garden with a playground (obviously something you need in the middle of a national park) and educationally enhanced hiking paths. There are ponds and creeks that are suitable for swimming; and it wouldn′t be Vienna where they not excessively used by enthusiastic nude swimmers.
If you want to go to the Nationalparkhaus Wien Lobau, do feel encouraged to do so: Being a biologist myself, I always like such venues and visiting them usually makes me very happy about my choice to study this subject. Nature is the one thing that never fails to impress me. The Nationalparkhaus is situated at Dechantweg 8, just at the Vienna-side entrance of the park. It is open most days during business hours from March to October, with limited opening hours outside of this period.
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