Falconry in Austria
Today, Hiebeler is acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts in falconry. The Austrian's expertise is every bit as much in demand in the Arab states as it is in Asia. And he can also answer the question from his childhood. Medieval rulers saw in falconry an exclusive access to the secrets of nature and a challenging character training. The success of this free and easy partnership between man and bird depends entirely on persistence, common sense and responsible care. Falconry is an artistic form of hunting, and as such can be widely admired in tapestries, paintings and decorative glass in museums and castles.
Two seats of aristocratic families in Lower Austria are the ideal sites to experience falconry. At Rosenburg Castle, eagles, buzzards, falcons and even vultures demonstrate their flying skills, and the castle museum features an exhibition on the history of falconry. Waldreichs Castle is home to the Lower Austrian Falconry and Bird of Prey Centre, along with its hunting falcon yard which features flight demonstrations, a falconry museum, and an owl park. Under the guidance of master falconer Josef Hiebeler, a European model institution for breeding birds of prey and for scientific issues has been established. The Golden Eagle Centre is particularly fascinating. Waldreichs is also a falconer training centre.
Salzburg's Hohenwerfen Fortress - Flight Displays and Museum
Hohenwerfen Fortress in Salzburg is home to the Austrian Falconry Museum and a falconry adventure experience. Flight demonstrations are staged daily.