The Nature Park in the "Weinidylle" Region

The area of the natural park is situated the eastern half of the southern Burgenland district of Güssing and extends from the winegrowing community of Schützen / Eisenberg in the north over Güssing in the west and over the municipalities Strem, Heiligenbrunn and Moschendorf in the south.

Orientation map Natura 2000 area

The panel shows a selection of rare animal species, "points of interest" and an overview of the bicycle routes.

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The landscape

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The natural park includes the hills bordering the Pannonian lowlands between the rivers Pinka and Strem. It is characterized by small-scale settlement structures that blend harmoniously into the varied landscape.

Here, the dry, warm climate of Pannonia contrasts with the somewhat cooler of the Eastern Styrian highlands. This combination, as well as the forests on the banks of Pinka and Strem, favor the development of a diverse flora and fauna that is worth protecting in its local uniqueness.


  In the course of the opening of the Pinkataler Weinstrasse in 1968, the wine-growing area in the lower Pinka and Stremtal was declared a landscape protection area in the 1970s. This initiative intended to preserve the characteristic landscape with its small charming wine cellars.

In 1999 the the landscape protection area was officially launched as natural park "Weinidylle". It covers an area of about 7,270 hectares in the district of Güssing (municipalities of Güssing, Strem, Heiligenbrunn, Moschendorf, Eberau) and the district of Oberwart (municipality of Deutsch Schützen-Eisenberg).


  Since then, various nature trails and hiking trails have been created to show the numerous peculiarities of the region for those interested in gentle tourism, such as the nature trail along the dam in Urbersdorf named after the botanist Clusius. There is also a wildlife park, where wild boars, various deer species as well as old livestock breeds can be observed. Finally the Wine Museum offers a wine trail that informs about the local tradition of vine cultivation and cellar management.

The villages

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  Around the villages with the charm of a tightly structured size we find numerous small vineyards and romantic cellars with the partly still traditional, thatched roofs.
 
 

The Kellerviertel Heiligenbrunn, with its 106 wine cellars - many of which with thatched roofs too - is designated as a historical landmark and is just one of the most popular destinations in the region, as is the Moschendorf Wine Museum.

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  Many of the typical farmhouses and "Kellerstöckl" have been lovingly renovated by the owners in the traditional style, thus shaping the landscape.

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