Dürrenstein Wilderness Area: Adventurous Jungle

A diverse programme of excursions allows individual visitors – both young and old – to experience the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area first-hand

With 3,500 hectares, the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area in the south-west of Lower Austria is the largest remains of primeval forest in Central Europe and is a strict nature reserve according to IUCN category Ia.

Large parts of it may not be entered by individual visitors. Hiking is only allowed along explicitly marked trails. To raise awareness for nature and untouched forest wilderness, the nature reserve administration of the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area organizes guided hikes in the eastern and western parts of the nature reserve during the summer period.


The “Eulenweg” (“Owl Trail”)

The “Eulenweg” (owl trail) at the rim of the wilderness area in the Steinbach valley is a pleasant adventure for the whole family. The route leading along the Windischbach brook is a total of five kilometres there and back and is home to all the different types of owls native to the wilderness area: Eagle owl, Ural owl, brown owl, boreal owl, and pygmy owl.

The “Moorweg” (“Moor Trail”, pushchair-friendly)

The Leckermoos nature reserve is 25 hectares large and located on a high valley floor in Hochreit in Göstling an der Ybbs. This region in the Northern Limestone Alps is one with the highest percipitation volumes in the whole of Austria. An exciting educational trail about the restored highmoor is particularly suited for children and can be explored in two hours time with ease.


In and around the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area

Dürrenstein Wildernes Area on the map