Adventures in the empire of wild geese – the Fertő–Hanság National Park
This marshy western gateway to Hungary is a land where myths and legends tell of the area’s mysterious past. Much may have changed since then, and today the National Park straddles the border with Austria, but the Fertő and Hanság areas remain outstandingly rich in natural treasures and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Did you know...
• After a hundred years’ absence, there are ospreys nesting at Fertő?
• Early spider orchids, once thought to be extinct are now found again growing in the area?
• on the southern coast of Lake Fertő frog tunnel systems and wet passages ensure the safe spring and autumn migration of amphibians?
Visitor and education centre:
Csapody István Nature School and Visitor Centre
(Fertőújlak, Petőfi S. u. 23/A, Tel.: 99/537-520, firstname.lastname@example.org) – permanent exhibition about the wildlife of Fertő-Hanság National Park.
Open:2nd March to 31st March Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1st April to 30th September Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday and on bank holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1st October to 30th November Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., other times by appointment.
Istók Hany Nature trail (5 km) (Osli-Földsziget) – a fascinating excursion following the footsteps of Istók Hany, who accordingly to the local myths was found here. The route starts from the Esterházy Bird Observation Centre, passing through the alders (Csíkos Égererdő) and marshes of the Hanság (Király Lake).
Sziki Őszirózsa (Sea aster) Nature trail (4 km)
(Sarród-Fertőújlak) – a nature trail suitable for walkers and cyclists, offering an insight into the flora and fauna of saline lakes and plains located north of Sarród and presents traditional Hungarian domestic animals.
“Tőzike” (Lecuojum) (Nature trail (4 km)
(Csáfordjánosfa) – alongside Stream Répce, a mixture of oak, elm and ash forest. Millions of flowering lecuojum (snow flake) in the forest.
Other demonstration sites:
Esterházy Bird Observation Centre
(Földsziget, Tel.: 99/537-520) – hundreds of fascinating bird and inspect specimens native to the Hanság.
Open: by appointment only.
(Fertőrákos, Fő u. 1, Tel.: 99/355-026, www.kofejto.hu) – caves and cavities created during Lajta limestone mining activities, protected plants on the surface; ideal venue for cultural events in the summer.
Open:1st April to 31st October: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1st November to 31st March: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Sarród, Rév-Kócsagvár, tel.: 99/537-620, email@example.com) – historical exhibition, conference hall, open air school.
Open: all year
Saline lakes at Mekszikópuszta
(Fertőújlak) – lookout towers offer spectacular views to the rich avifauna of shallow saline lakes. Along the way billboards provide information about the local flora and fauna.
(Bősárkány) – great views of the rich wildlife of the Hanság area from a lookout tower.
Other demonstration sites within the operational area of the Directorate:
Károly lookout tower
(Sopron) – spectacular views from the lookout tower to Károlymagaslat, also offers a botanical exhibition.
November-December: Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May-August: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mortlake (Morotva-tó), Lipót – great views from a lookout tower of the oxbow lake’s wildlife, including colourful bird colonies.
(Pannonhalma, Vár u. 1, Tel.: 96/570-191, www.bences.hu) – protected botanical garden.
Open: all year.
Sopron Botanical Garden
(Sopron, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky u. 4, Tel.: 99/518-184, botanikuskert.nyme.hu) – the evergreen collection of the protected gardens is famous Europe-wide.
1st May to 30th September: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 1st October to 30th April: 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
(Sarród, Rév–Kócsagvár, Tel.: 99/537-520) – 10 rooms with 28 beds, up to 44 persons (including fold-away double-beds).
Open: all day.