The Burgenland province’s low-lying landscape around the 22-mile-long Lake Neusiedl is UNESCO-listed as one of Europe’s great wetland biospheres. All around the lake’s vast reed belts, and among the salt ponds in the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park, bike riders can spot waterfowl, such as graceful great egrets and spoonbills. In fact, there are 300-plus native bird species, and you don’t need to be an avid birdwatcher to be inspired by these remarkable creatures or the surrounding tranquility. While in the neighborhood, you might pop into the baroque village of Rust (which has massive stork nests) to sample red wines like St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch that are garnering great acclaim thanks to the intense sunshine down here by the Hungarian border.
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