Immerse yourself in the ‘Nordic’ WaldviertelThe Waldviertel (translated as "forest district") district is situated in Lower Austria in the north of the country. Amongst its other natural treasures, it boasts Thaya Valley National Park (named after the River Thaya that meanders through the area) with its wealth of trees, flora and fauna, not to mention wildlife such as eagles, cormorants, otters and beavers. It's also a place where the European wildcat has taken up residence. You'd be lucky to catch sight of some in the wild, as they are such shy creatures, but you can visit a couple in their roomy enclosure at the National Park Centre.
During the autumn time, the forests throughout the entire region are particularly beautiful and erupt into a brilliant sea of colours. The effects are particularly impressive because the Waldviertel is primarily decked with spruce trees.
The village of Drosendorf im Waldviertel is the ideal starting point for exploring the area and taking in the forests that encircle the little medieval municipality. Take a contemplative ramble around the surrounding forest with its still-intact walls, and soak up the extraordinary panoramic views from the steep rock upon which Drosendorf was built.