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.

tours at the Wilderness Dürrenstein

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.

Habichtskauz mit Beutetier

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.

Homepage of the "friends of the wilderness Dürrenstein"

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.

The team of the Wilderness Dürrenstein 2016

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.



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