Austria's easternmost province is at the same time also the youngest. It was only in 1921 that it became part of Austria. Lake Neusiedl, the only Steppe Lake in central Europe, covers an area of 125 square miles east of the province's capital Eisenstadt.
The lakeside is covered with a dense belt of reeds, that at times stretches well into the water itself. Friendly places lie scattered where the Viennese strive for relaxation every year: the wine town Rust with it's storks' nests on top of the old rustic farmhouses, Moerbisch with its stage on the lake, on which operettas are performed every summer, or Podersdorf with all the facilities for water sports.
The Seewinkel around Illmitz, a national park, is well known for its rich bird sanctuary.
The southern part of the region is characterised by rolling hills and dense forests. The castles of Forchtenstein, Schlaining, and Goessing attract visitors just like the palaces of Lockenhaus and Halbturn. Numerous acidulous thermal springs are awaiting the health-conscious tourist.
Apart from the capital Eisenstadt, with the Haydn church, Esterhazy palace, and the Renaissance town hall, Stoob with its many potteries is a major attraction for the guests. Bike tours around the lake are also extremely popular. The mild sunny climate, the wine cellars, the Puszta romance, and the infinite sport facilities make each stay in the Burgenland an unforgettable one.