Rust - City of Storks

Burgenland  >  Austria

Rust is famous for White Stork but there is much more to discover along the shore of Lake Neusiedl and on the path through the reed belt.

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Most recent update 19 December 2022


The village of Rust is located at the west of Lake Neusiedl. The village has around 10 pairs of White Stork breeding on roofs and chimneys each year. Just outside the village, there is a small observation tower overlooking the marsh area of Lake Neusiedl and its reed belt. Depending on the water level of the lake, you can spot different ducks and/or waders and the ever-present Greylag Goose. During spring and summer you have a good chance to observe foraging White Stork.

You can then walk north until you reach Seestraße where you turn east to stroll all the way to the lakeside. Alternatively you can drive or bike to the lakeside taking into account that you may miss warblers and other reed inhabitants.

Along the way you may spot some of the following – however, the birds are difficult to observe in the reed so the best season is springtime when you will have the chance to identify their songs: Sedge Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Little Bittern and Marsh Harrier. At the harbour you can observe birds of the open water such as gulls and grebes. In summer, dozens of Common Tern can be seen following the ferries across the lake.



Rust can be reached by bus from Neusiedl, Eisenstadt or Vienna. By car you can take the highway to Neusiedl in the north or Eisenstadt in the west, both have a good connection to Rust by main roads. Lake Neusiedl area is also popular for cycling with a great network of cycling paths that are closed for cars. Click on a P in the map to get directions to a parking.

Terrain and Habitat

City/village , Lake , Wetland , Grassland , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car , Bicycle , Foot , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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