Located on the March River, near Slovakia’s border, Marchegg is a beautiful small town with enough things to do and see in one day. The city is home to the most significant white stork colony breeding in trees in Europe, so that’s why many tourists travel to Marchegg. Besides spotting the white storks, you can explore the Castles in the area and discover the old city walls. Or you can take a pleasant walk through the Au Reservation to witness flora and fauna and enjoy a delicious traditional meal. With so much to offer, a day trip to the stork town Marchegg should be on your itinerary when traveling to Austria.

The Stork Town Marchegg – Short Info

a white stork nesting at Marchegg, Austria

Marchegg is home to Europe’s most prominent white stork colony, which nests in trees. During the first weeks of March, you can easily recognize many white storks in the sky, searching for a place to settle down.

They fly around 10.000 kilometers in 50 days from South and East Africa until they reach Austria. When the newborns appear, one parent stays in the nest while the other flies to procure food for the family, about 5 kilograms per day.

The best months to see the newborns are Mai and June, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for a walk in the Au forest. By August, these beautiful birds travel back to Africa.

Getting to Marchegg

Marchegg can be easily reached from Vienna by rented car. Thanks to its closeness to the Slovakian border, it’s easily reachable from Bratislava too. 

Distances:

Vienna – Marchegg, 53 kilometers, around 1-hour drive

Bratislava – Marchegg, 33 kilometers, around 40 minutes drive

You can get to Marchegg by train quickly. For more info, visit the Austrian Railways website: www.öbb.at 

Getting around Marchegg

Rent-a-Bike

Once you arrive in Marchegg, you can either walk or bike. Since Hof Castle is only 7 km away, you might want to bike to it as well. Bring your own or rent one from the city center or train station.

If you arrive at Marchegg by train, you can rent a bike from the NextBike stand near the railway station. If you come by car, park near Marchegg Castle and rent a bike from the NextBike stand on the main street opposite the police station.

Renting a bike from NextBike: You need to download the NextBike app and make an account. Follow the steps once you do it, and you are good to go. Price: 1€/hour.

Bus

If you choose not to drive or bike to Hof Castle, another option is available at the Marchegg railway station: a shuttle bus.

The Blaguss shuttle buses depart at 10:1512:15, and 15:15 and return at 11:4514:45, and 16:45 only on SaturdaysSundays, and HolidaysPrice: 5€/person.  

One day trip to the stork town Marchegg should be on everyone’s list traveling to this part of the country. Plan well, and you’ll discover everything this little town has to offer.

One Day Trip to the Stork Town Marchegg. How to Spend Your Day

The White Stork Walk – Storchenweg – 2 KM

white storks nesting in Marchegg woods

Many tourists come for a day trip to the stork town Marchegg only to see the white storks. Therefore, it might get crowded during weekends, but don’t get discouraged. As you park your car, you will notice some white stork nests on the roof of the Castle.

Cross the Meierhof bridge and head to the viewing platform. From the platform, you’ll see more nests, and during the spring months, you’ll have the chance to spot the youngsters.

Admire them for a while and then head to the forest, where you’ll spot other white stork nests.

Don’t come with high expectations, as many nests are hidden, and you won’t see much. However, the walk is pleasant and relaxing and takes no more than 2 kilometers.

If you want a better view of the white stork colony, go on a guided tour. There are two guided tours daily, at 9:30 and 13:30, which take no more than 45 minutes, so book one from the White Stork Office near the Castle.

The Fire Frog Walk – Unkenweg – 4 KM

a pond along the frog walk in Marchegg, Austria

The Au forest is home to almost 1.000 creatures. Among them are many frog species, like the fire-bellied toad or the fire frog. Native to mainland Europe, the fire frog has a bright green dorsal crossed by black spots and stripes. You can spot them at the ponds along the path. 

The fire frog walk takes no more than 2 hours for four kilometers. If you bump into the Wild Konik horses anytime during the walk, please stay away from them! Brought from Poland, they tend to be a little bit territorial!

The Beaver Walk – Biberweg – 7 KM

a beautiful swan family in Marchegg, Austria

A beautiful 7-kilometer walk takes you through the dense Au forest to spot the famous beaver. While this little creature is more active at nighttime, you might get lucky and see one. Keep your eyes peeled since you might spot many other birds and small animals like kingfishers or frogs.

You can notice the yellow waterlilies, a family of swans with babies, or a hunting heron from the ponds along the path. Bring enough water with you and go on a picnic in designated zones.

Don’t sit on a blanket outside the indicated areas, as Au is a reservation forest, and you might disturb flora and fauna.

Discovering the City of Marchegg

Vienna Gate, Marchegg

Marchegg is packed with historical places, so a walk through the city will take you through prominent buildings like Saint Margareta Church, Queen Mary Monastery, City Hall, Marchegg Castle, Vienna, and Hungary Gates.

Go for a walk through the city and discover the old city walls!

The Vienna Gate, built in 1268, is a prominent landmark of the city.

The Hungarian Gate was the city entry gate from the east, while the Groissenbrunner Gate was the third entry in the town. Unfortunately, it fell around 1900, so it was removed.

After so much sightseeing, stop for coffee or a delicious traditional cake, like “sacher torte” or “apfelstrudel.”

Marchegg CastleSchloss Marchegg & Surroundings

Marchegg Castle, one day trip to the stork town, Marchegg

The Marchegg Castle was built as a city fortress with three entry gates and a central court. Possessing almost 60 hectares, it was the largest enclosed building complex of the time. It was also an important meeting place for military troops but, unfortunately, endured many devastations.

In 1621, Marchegg Castle came into Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd possession. A small exhibition will reveal the history of the Ottokar and the Pálffry family, and you can learn more about the area’s flora and fauna.

The castle area has a vast, beautiful inner court. Pay a visit to the small museum in the old stables, exposing the interior of a house, wagons, and some farming tools.

There is a tiny cafe house offering some desserts and coffees. But, for something more consistent, go to the nearby restaurant and try the famous asparagus from the Marchfeld area.

March/Morava River

kayaking the Thaya & March from Breclav to Marchegg

Marchegg is located on the March/Morava River, the Danube’s left tributary. The river originates in the Chech Republic and is 355 kilometers long. It flows from the north of the Chech Republic, through the Moravia region (therefore the name) to the south, and then runs into Slovakia until it reaches Austria. The river continues between Slovakia and Austria for another 80 kilometers until it touches the Danube River.

The March/Morava is one of the two lowland rivers in Austria, with a wide variety of floodplain landscapes and beautiful loops, which provide the perfect habitat for wildlife. You can spot herons, white storks, beavers, and plenty of Dragonflies.

From the Hungarian Gate, head north for 400 meters until you reach the March waterfront. You will find a monument dating back to 1955, which commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Austrian customs guard establishment.

If kayaking is your thing, check out my post for all the details.

RELATED POST: KAYAKING THE THAYA & MARCH/MORAVA FROM BRECLAV(CZ) TO MARCHEGG(AT)

Hof Castle – Schloss Hof

Hof Castle – Schloss Hof is a gorgeous palace only 7 kilometers from Marchegg and should be on a day trip to the stork town of Marchegg itinerary.

The Castle was the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, who purchased it in 1726. Thirty years later, Maria Theresia bought this place, and between 1773 and 1775, the Castle experienced drastic changes.

Discover the imperial apartments, the chapel, and the exhibitions, and don’t miss the Baroque gardens and the Maierhof Farm, which have plenty of animals and plants.

Austria Travel Resources

Car rentals

We always use DISCOVER CARS when we want to rent a car, as it compares local, national, and international companies. Renting a car is the easiest way to see all the famous country has to offer. All mountain destinations are easy to access with a rental car, and having your own car is also the smoothest way to travel between Austrian cities and mountain villages. Check out the best rental deals HERE.

Secure your travel insurance

We never leave home without travel insurance designed to cover our expenses if something goes wrong. If you’re still on the lookout for travel insurance for your trip to Austria, I highly recommend HEYMONDO, a trusted insurance provider for leisure and business trips, backpackers, long-term travelers, and digital nomads. Their travel insurance protects against theft, flight delays, injury, illness, cancellations, and much more.

Get an eSIM before the trip

Because phones have become our most important devices, it’s necessary to have a data connection as soon as you step foot in a different country. Your home data plan might only work if you paid for a much more expensive package, finding wifi connections in airports or train stations might be tricky, and seeking a local store to buy a SIM card might be exhausting. Forget all of that!

You just purchase an e-SIM, install it on your phone, and activate the plan when you’re ready to use it. Getting out of the plane and instantly connecting to data was a game changer for me. I didn’t have to waste time standing in line to get a local SIM card or finding a wifi connection to book a taxi to reach my hotel.

If you ask me, getting an e-SIM is a quintessential part of traveling. There is no physical installation and no long-term commitments. And the best part is that you can always top up or purchase a new plan through the app. Pretty convenient, right? You can get an e-sim card with AIRALO.

Save time and book a tour

For a local experience, I recommend checking out the guided tours on GET YOUR GUIDE

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