'National Park Donau-Auen.'
Just outside the eastern gates of Vienna the quiet of nature begins. National Park Donau-Auen (Floodplains of the Danube) gives the river the chance to relax after it has left it's main water source, the Alps, behind. Old river arms revive when the water level rises, to become clear lakes when the level falls, as seen in this photo. Actually the Danube breathes through a net of side arms, covered in riparian forest. Life is abundand, even turtles live here in the wild. Photo Paul Smit.