Join Naturalist Journeys on this exciting birding tour to Austria and Hungary in Central Europe. Essentially a birding tour, we just can’t ignore the region’s other wildlife, plants, interesting old livestock breeds, and fine architecture. We may even find time to visit an old winery!

Our tour route takes us from Vienna to Budapest, visiting the varied and wonderful birding habitats in between. The border zones that we explore on this Austrian birding tour — the out-of-bounds, so-called “Iron Curtain” in the Cold War era — are today open and free … and ready to be explored. Because of their previous isolation, many of these locations became refuges for wildlife and today some areas are indeed wildlife preserves.

Relax in small, boutique hotels and guesthouses with en-suite rooms and delicious local cuisine, and of course, near good birding locations.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore through scenic mountains, pastures, meadows, and forests in search of Golden Eagle, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Eurasian Green, Grey-headed, Black, White-backed, and Eurasian Three-toed Woodpeckers
  • Visit Neusiedler See-Seewinkel NP in Austria and Ferto-Hansag NP in Hungary that protect the mixed wetland habitats around the large steppe lake of Neusiedler
  • Spend time in cross-border habitats that include salt-lakes, saline-marshes, fens, traditionally managed pastures, grazing meadows, and wet woods, looking for breeding shorebirds like Kentish Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Pied Avocet, and Black-winged Stilt
  • Bird your way through Hungary to Kiskunság National Park on the Hungarian Great Plain
  • Enjoy two nights in a rural village at a family-run guest house in the Bükk Hills
  • Look for for nine species of woodpecker in the Bükk Hills, as well as Roe and Red Deer, Red Squirrel, and Wild Boar and many butterflies on the wing

Photo credits: Banner Photo: Great Bustard, Imperial Eagle, Hawfinch, European Bee-eater, Common Rosefinch, Syrian Woodpecker, Hoopoe, European Suslik, Black Woodpecker. Photos by Gerard Gorman.