Welcome to Nationalpark Thayatal
Tight against the border of Austria and the Czech Republic (a stretch of the old Iron Curtain) in the northwestern reaches of the Weinviertel is Austria’s smallest national park, the Thayatal. This unique piece of landscape is one of Central Europe's last natural valleys and is actually two parks; its other half, Podyjí National Park, is located across the border. Of the 3000 plant species found in Austria, about 1300 occur in Thayatal. The landscape consists of a deep canyon cut by the Thaya river (the Dyje in Czech), numerous rock formations, steep slopes, some dry grassland and meadows and large stretches of gnarled primeval forest. Walking is by far the most popular activity here, with trails sometimes crossing from one country into the next and back again.