Straddling the Austrian-Hungarian border is the Neusiedlersee, the western-most steppe lake in Europe. The 315 square kilometre lake, known as Fertö in Hungary, and surrounding national parks are a Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to a unique ecosystem and history. With nearly 300 species of bird making their home on the wetlands, it is a twitcher’s paradise, although also wildly popular with sailors, swimmers and cyclists – many of whom travel down from Vienna, a mere hour away by car.
These birds are flying above the Zicksee, a small body of water on the eastern side of the lake near the Austrian town of Illmitz. The best way of seeing the park is by bike and we had a wonderful afternoon cycling from the town of Rust, taking a ferry across the lake and doing part of the B20 Lackenradweg (cycle route), clocking up about 30km in the process. We finished the day with a dip in the lake, a slap-up meal and a glass of Burgenland wine.
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