Northern Burgenland Attractions
The most northerly part of Burgenland lies east of the Leithagebirge, on both sides of the River Wulka, and is bounded on the south by the Mattersburg hills.
Here, too, is the extensive plain between the Danube and the northern end of the Neusiedler See, interrupted by gently rolling hills and watered by the River Leitha. The slopes of the Leithagebirge, form the border with Lower Austria for part of the way. The flat shores of the Neusiedler See, where many aquatic birds can be seen, are overgrown with reeds for miles on end, and from the villages dotted along the road water meadows extend into the lake. At Eisenstadt this area merges into the Wulka plain, with a broad ridge of hills between the town and the lake. South of Eisenstadt the "bay" of Ödenburg (Hungarian Sopron) reaches far into a gently rolling area which continues without any obvious boundary to near Wiener Neustadt. This hilly region is bounded on the west by the Rosaliengebirge and on the south by the Ödenburg hills, which separate it from central Burgenland.The Neusiedler See, two-thirds of which lies in Austria with the remaining third in Hungary, occupies much of northern Burgenland, exerting a predominant influence on its landscape and climate. East of the Neusiedler See lies the Seewinkel.
Eisenstadt - Rosalienkapelle
About 3km/2mi southwest of Burg Forchtenstein (near Mattersburg), on the Heuberg (746m/2,448ft), the highest point in the Rosaliengebirge, stands the Rosalienkapelle (chapel); the arms of the Esterházy family are fixed above the doorway. The interior is interesting; there is a statue of St Rosalia in a shrine by the high altar. There are far-ranging views from the top of the hill.
Wiesen is situated near Mattersburg, on the west side of the S31. This small town is the site of the largest jazz festival in Austria. Wiesen is known for its tasty strawberries and its rich forests.
This annual festival is the biggest jazz event in Austria. The festival takes place in July and brings together renowned musicians, singers and dancers from all over the world. Concerts take place in an enormous festival tent, which also holds the annual sunsplash festival of Latin-American and West Indian music immediately after the jazz festival.
This annual festival takes place in late August in a large festival tent. Dozens of reggae, West Indian, African and Latin-American musicians, singers and band convene on this festival, which is the only one of its kind in central Europe.
This annual two-day concert series runs in late July and includes indie-rock and folk-rock performers from throughout the world.