In the heart of the 3.500 hectare forest reserve in south-western Lower Austria, you can find Austria’s only strict nature reserve (IUCN 1a): the primeval forest Rothwald

The primeval forest Rothwald is the largest remaining primeval forest in Central Europe. This area has remained untouched by axe or chainsaw since the last ice age. The primeval forest is surrounded by natural forests and stocks that are becoming wild forests once again.

You can discover the IUCN 1b area for yourself during one of our tours (which also offer a view of the Rothwald), and on the limited official hiking trails.

Projects, in areas such as public relations, species protection or natural environment management, as well as research activities are presented here. For more information, you can take a look through our literature database. recherchieren.

You can view our publications directly via download, or order them online through our web shop.

For those wishing to become friends of the Wilderness Dürrenstein, there is more information under “Sponsors”, where you can also see which sponsors already support our causes.

Get to know our team as they introduce themselves and their work, and contact them easily through the contact form. Under “Portrait” you can learn more about the Wilderness Dürrenstein.

News from the Wilderness Dürrenstein

New Owl Nest Boxes

In mid-October new owl nest boxes were fixed for Ural Owls and Co. Thanks to all supporters of our owls, companies in the region and from further away, whose interest and support are an invaluable contribution for our owls. Thanks to Stefan Knöpfer...

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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was established in 1934, making it the world's first raptor sanctuary. It is located in eastern Pennsylvania along the Appalachian flyway, is 464 m high and currently 1,052 hectares large. On average, approximately 20,000 raptors are...

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International Ornithological Congress 2018

For the first time the Wilderness Area was represented at an International Ornithological Congress. The IOC takes place every four years and this year it took place from the 20th to the 26th of August 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. The Wilderness Area presented the two...

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Spring myxomycetes in the Wilderness Area

Iryna Yatsiuk, mycologist Department of Mycology and Plant Resistance, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine   This year in May me and my husband Yehor Yatsiuk, ornithologist, spent a week in Dürrenstein Wilderness Area. While Yehor was involved in...

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Supporters of our owls

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all supporters of our owls! Whether from the region or from far away - every supporter is of inexplicable value! Our owls are supported in the region by companies from Göstling/Ybbs, Lunz/See, Scheibbs, Palfau, Wildalpen, Waidhofen/Ybbs and...

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Research in the Wilderness Area

(based loosely on the newspaper article in: NÖN week 36/2018) Research in the Wilderness Area of great importance internationally. Currently, the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area is in the headlines mainly because of the House of the Wilderness (Haus der Wildnis)....

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