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“Interesting white donkeys ”

Nationalpark Neusiedler See – Seewinkel
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Illmitz
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Great place for bird watcher and the white donkeys do worth the 2 km walk. Moreover, it is free of charge.

Thank Johnny Y
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Had a great walking tour ourselves around the lake, many highlights, lots of lovely fauna and flora to see.

Thank Wendyb00
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

We came in May to Apetlon. Friends living at the charming Feriendorf Vogelparadies had invited us, but because of space considerations we soon moved to the Weingut-Ferienwohnung Kracher on Wasserzeile 55-57 in Apetlon. The rooms offered by this family were just wonderful. We had our own kitchen and a very colorful bedroom and a super modern shower. The comfort of their guest rooms beats many American hotels.

We undertook long strolls along the Seeufergasse, all the way over to the Reitsportzentrum Simonhof where we watched the riders getting used to their horses. We continued to the Nationalpark Neusiedler See – Seewinkel where we saw geese and rabbits before heading back on the Apetlon Rohrung. All along the way there were tall wooden structures with elevated platforms erected to increase the joy of the many birdwatchers.

We rented a bicycle for two and rode all the way to the so-called Sandegg to see the famous White Donkeys. One day we drove to the neighboring town of Frauenkirchen and visited the old Basilica there that goes back hundreds of years and features outstanding baroque architecture. On another day we made a small excursion to the medieval town of Sopron in Hungary, where time seems to have stood still.

Especially delighted were we by the many storks that we saw on many rooftops. They make a very distinct sound, a clatter with their beaks, that could be called the signature sound of this enthralling little town.

And let me not forget our visit to the Illmitz Recreation Center, where we swam in the soothing waters of the Neusiedler See. We also took the ferry over to Mörbisch, where we enjoyed free admission at the water sport facilities in this little town.

The only negative experience of our trip turned out our encounter with the Hertz rental car company at the airport in Vienna. We had landed in Vienna, Austria, after a sleepless night on the plane coming from in New York. The clerks at the Hertz desk mumbled something about checking damages on the rental car and gave us a list of scratched parts already existing on the vehicle. The stipulation apparently was that if we found more damages we should come back and update the damage-list.

Groggy as we were, we looked the car over and saw the damaged parts. We did not do a comprehensive review of the vehicle, such as the underside of bumpers, etc., as we were tired and wanted to get to our destination in Apetlon, Burgenland, about 1 hour away.

For the second leg of our trip we had to be at the Vienna Airport at 4 am. The rental facilities at this time were closed and we left the car at the designated area and dropped the key into the return box at the Hertz facility. We could not talk to anybody at this time.

A few days after we had returned the car I got an email from Hertz informing me that there had been damages on the car, amounting to about 300 Euros. The letter was accompanied with pictures on pdfs, where the details were almost impossible to discern. One of the alleged damages even was underneath one of the bumpers.

I was shocked. Apparently, Hertz requires fatigued travelers from overseas to undertake a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle, inch by inch, including areas usually hidden from sight. We certainly had not scratched or damaged the car in any way. These damages must have been there before, but were not discovered by us at the initial take-over.
All this smacks very much like a tourist trap. I can only warn fellow travelers coming from overseas and encourage them to be EXTREMELY cautious. I had rented cars in the US and in Zürich, Switzerland, hundreds of time over a span of 40 years. Never before have I encountered such outrageous and outlandish demands by a company, neither in the USA nor in Switzerland. This was my first time car rental in Austria, and it left a bitter taste throughout our otherwise beautiful vacation.

1  Thank walterelyon
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

We have just spent five days here in early September on a self-planned birding and general "outdoor" trip. We had a great time, and will return, but will choose another season next time. The place has a very good infrastructure for access, particularly for cyclists, who dominate the tracks. But although it is called a National Park. farming interests dominate, at least in summer and autumn. This is wine growing country, and the farmers use very noisy devices to keep the birds off the vines - gas guns that explode every few minutes, loud shrieks that are supposed, presumably, to sound like predators but are actually like nothing on earth, and worst of all things that definitely sound like devices dropped from passing aeroplanes that are about to blow your head off. It was ironic (to put it at its kindest) to stand on a very expensively-provided wildlife-viewing platform and listen to this racket going on all around. Choose a (presumably) quieter time to go if you want the stillness of the natural world. Or go somewhere else, especially in the autumn, where the "National Park" isn't run by wine growers.

2  Thank Waxwing60
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Excellent choice for someone who likes to spend time outside, watch birds of just walk / bike. Area is very flat, so it's ideal for easy trips even with small children. Lots of vineyards around.

Thank Josef S
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