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Our nature park and the Rudolfswarte tower are open all year round. There is free access with no entry fees.

The nature park and the Rudolfswarte outlook tower are accessible all year round.

Walking in the forest is relaxing and healthy! An ideal way to leave behind the stressful everyday life at any time of year.

The "Wienerwaldhaus" museum and the toilet facilities in the Deutschwald visitor center are open until late October.

More about our nature park rules

Help needed for translation of web pages into English

Our English skills need improvement! Any support for translation of our German texts into proper English and for corrections of existing English pages is very welcome. If you can help, please send us a short mail: info@naturpark-purkersdorf.at

Hiking in fall

The forest has its special charm in every season, whether it is sunny or snowy. You don't have to fly to Canada to get the Indian summer spirit. In the golden autumn, the colorful leaves of maple, oak and beech in various shades of yellow, red and orange invite you to take a relaxing walk outside your front door. By the way, the term is already more than 300 years old. This time describes a dry and warm weather period (in the North American late fall), which is accompanied by the discoloration of the leaves. Please note:

  • Sturdy shoes with good tread ensure a good footing on the forest floor and prevent injuries.
  •     Before a hike, get information about the length and duration of the tour and the weather conditions.

Offspring among the animals in the game enclosures!

This year, 5 freshlings cavort in the wild boar enclosure and also in the deer gate, with a little luck, you can discover the total of 5 calves at the side of the hinds in the enclosure.

Special edition nature park honey

The awarding of the winning label of the nature park honey special edition 2022 took place at the nature park festival on Saturday, September 17, 2022
In the nature park office there is this special bottling of the nature park honey from the current year with the particularly pretty winner's label of the competition 2022 in the sizes 250g and 500g.
Empty jars (without lids) can also be returned to the nature park office for reuse after enjoying the sweet gold.

"A walk in the forest is a booster for well-being"

Jasmin Altrock writes about the health benefits of forest walks in a full-page article published in the daily newspaper "Der Standard" on April 14, 2022:

"The positive effects that the forest has on us can not only be felt, they are also measurable: the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, the storage for the sleep hormone melatonin is filled up, and blood pressure is also lowered - and this already after a relatively short time of walking. "For the first effects, 20 minutes are often enough," explains environmental physician Daniela Haluza from MedUni Vienna. But for long-term improvements, you should spend at least two hours a week in the green - and more is always possible, of course."

Read the article here (in German)

When fall has arrived in the forest...

...there are numerous edible fruits in the forest, such as those of the dog rose with their rose hips, recognizable as small, red fruits. Their seeds are often used as itching powder, but the pulp, when cooked, makes a deliciously sour-tasting jam. The appropriate and other recipes as well as other delicacies from the forest can be found in our brochure "Genussvolles aus dem Naturpark", which was awarded an Energy Globe Award 2020.

Explorations for young treasure hunters

Our tip for families: With our "Open your eyes" campaign and the "Nature Park treasure map", young explorers can discover and explore the treasures of the forest along the hiking trails.
>> Click here for our treasure map
>> Open your eyes: Researchers in the Nature Park

Book tip: Mein Sach- und Mach-Buch (in fall)

How do you build an insect hotel? Why do nettles burn? Which animals glow in the dark? There's a lot to explore in summer! On their journeys of discovery, the children uncover the secrets of plants and animals. The outdoor activities are supplemented by numerous tips for games and crafts, so that even on rainy days there will certainly be no boredom! (Description by the editor). 
Available at naturseiten.at

Please note the Forest Fire Ordinance

According to the Ordinance of the District Authority for protection against forest fires, smoking and any kind of fire making is prohibited in forests as well as in the vicinity of forests (see text of ordinance).