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Rust on the Neusiedler See (lake) Shore

I was in Rust end-October 2005. The town was not crowded; it was quiet and peaceful. Summer was over and I was surprised to see a few storks flying in from the Neusiedler See (Lake) and sitting in their empty nests on chimney rooftops.

Later I found out that these storks were sort of the permanent residents of this town; they were either rescued or tended to when they got injured, and when they got better they decided to stay in town instead of flying off to Africa with the other storks.

I read that the storks come in Spring only and when it gets cold, they will migrate to warmer climates. Spring is the best time to come to Rust, right after the storks have returned and laid their first eggs. The summer time is the peak tourist season, but you will be reward when you see little stork chicks peeping over the nest?s edge, or taking its first tentative steps along a rooftop. The last good time to see the storks is in early to mid August, just after the tourist season has ended, but before the storks have taken off to make their way to Africa.

The Rust's storks get special treatment. When the town discovered that the storks numbers were dwindling, they decided to build special platforms on top of chimneys to encourage the storks to return and build their nests. This strategy seemed to work because according to the reports, the number of returning storks have increased recently.

When you come to Rust, the simplest way to watch the storks is to walk along the streets and crane your head up at the storks. However, after a while, we were beginning to get a cramp in our necks! So, we made our way around town and went to the Rathaus (Town Hall).

After we had seen the whole town within 1-2 hours (it was a compact town), we went to one of the local wine taverns to drink Rust's best wines and some of the best tasting cheeses from the surrounding countryside.

OK ... some facts now about Rust. This town is located on the western lake shore of the Neusiedler See (Neusiedler Lake). It is the capital of the Burgenland lake district, lying in a rich vineyards famous for the Burgenlander grape - the Blaufränkisch, a red wine mostly consumed by the locals and visiting Viennese.

Rust is also a summer resort town for the Viennese and Hungarians visitors from the border. This little lakeshore resort is known to have a friendly atmosphere, especially on weekends.

This Austrian town is famous for 2 things, i.e. its wine and the storks that nest on the town's rooftops. Both of these things draw thousands of visitors to the little town every year in Spring and Summer. Even though the wine is excellent, it is the storks that are best remembered.

The Rathaus (Town Hall)

The Rathaus is a large simple building in the middle of the town.

It has a tourist centre where you can get information about available rooms in hotels or Pensions (B&B) for the night.

It also has a nice restaurant in its basement/cellar called Rathauskeller restaurant, serving typical but simple good austrian food.

Old Preserve Baroque Buildings

Rust is a perfectly preserved old town with many Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Main sights include the town hall (Rathaus), Fischerkirche (Fischer church) and the wetlands nearby the Lake (you get to see sailboats, local wildlife, etc).

I find Rust to be charming and picturesque town with buildings painted in pretty pastel colours and window-beds outside the windows bearing colourful flowers. Only the cars parked on the cobbled-stone streets marked the modern times.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Charming, Pretty, Good wines, Storks
  • Cons:Quiet, a bit boring during off seasons
  • In a nutshell:Wanna see more Storks in Spring or Summer
  • Last visit to Rust: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Thanks for your page, Helena! Take care! ~

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Super name, i must admit I have never heard of it but it sure looks like a nice place, as long as it hasnt gotits name because of bad weather!!

  • AnnaLupilla's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2006 at 2:43 PM

    Hi Helena, great pictures all over your Austria pages. Have been to the Burgenland myself quite a while ago and to Vienna some sort of 'recently' ... Happy travels from Germany, Anna

  • MEdelmann's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 9:55 AM

    Well written, the most famous wine of rust is the "Ausbruch" which is a very sweet one. It goes well with sweet dessert .. :-)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 6:03 AM

    Rust stands for storcks and great wine in Austria and it is so easy to get there from Vienna !

  • Azri_Azmi's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 4:50 AM

    Hiya Helen, nice mini page of Rust. Wow, those storks really established their nest on the roofs. Errr exactly on the chimney?? Hehehe. Thanks for sharing

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2006 at 7:10 PM

    Great restaurant tips. Your tips are informative, interesting, and well written. A joy to read.


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