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Neusiedler See

Neusiedler See, Europe’s second-largest steppe lake, is the lowest point in Austria. Fortunately that lowliness does not extend to metaphor – it's in fact a delight. The lake’s average depth is 1.5m, which means the water warms quickly in summer. Add to this the prevailing warm winds from the northwest and you have a landlocked Austrian's dream come true (almost).

Another feature of the region are the acres of vineyards, making some of Austria’s most sought-after and innovative wines. Rust, on the western shore of the lake, is a perfect place to sample wine in a Heuriger (wine tavern), a quintessential experience in the region.