The National Park
Yes to the national park
1988 and 1991: the protected areas Thayatal I and Thayatal II are established by the Lower Austrian Government. They are the precursors of the future national park.
1991: on 1 July the Národni Park Podyjí is created. In the same year, the operating company Marchfeldkanal is commissioned to draw up a feasibility study on the National Park Thayatal.
1992: the study is completed. It states that the National Park Thayatal could be successfully implemented. On 3 April, the municipal council of the city of Hardegg decides by majority in favor of the creation of a national park Thayatal in accordance with the concept of national park planning.
1995: the Lower Austrian national park legislation enters into force.
1996: the Donauauen, east of Vienna, become the first Lower Austrian national park.
1997: on 26 October, the treaty as per Art. 15a B-VG establishing the National Park Thayatal is signed between the government (Minister Bartenstein and Minister Edlinger) and the province of Lower Austria (Governor Pröll).
June 1998: Robert Brunner is appointed as director of the future national park.
Signing the treaty
2000: on 1 January, the national park regulation enters into force. On 21 May, the National Park is officially inaugurated by Minister Molterer and Governor Pröll. Numerous measures are taken for visitors, such as marking and securing tracks, establishing an emergency system and issuing information brochures. Other offers include an extensive excursion programme, an information desk on week-ends (May to October) and special project days/weeks for schools.
In order to ensure the participation of the local population in the development of the national park, a national park advisory board is established. Mayor Norbert Kellner is elected chairman.
2001: on 16 May, the National Park Thayatal Commission is created. It coordinates the objectives of both national parks and ratifies the bilateral measures. Also in 2001 the National Park is recognized by the IUCN. On 18 August, David Sheppard, director of the National Park Programme of the IUCN, presents the certificate. In the same year, the first ten-year management plan is approved by the provincial government. From 9 to 11 October, the Czech Národni Park Podyjí celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Presentation of the model national park center
2003: the National Park Center is finished and inaugurated on 13 July by Minister J. Pröll and Governor E. Pröll. In September, the National Park Thayatal is awarded the 2003 Timber-Frame Construction Prize for its new center. On 8 November, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer, awards the National Park Thayatal the European Diploma of the Council of Europe.
2004: on 15 July, during a press conference, the National Park introduces its progress report on "Five years National Park Thayatal” (1999-2003). The National Park also achieves excellent test results, thus meeting the conditions for being included in the Lower Austrian TOP excursion sites and becomes a member of this Lower Austrian promotion campaign in 2005.
Presentation of the image folder in the Lower Austrian ORF regional studios
2006: the first phase of the project "Inter-national park region Thayatal” is completed in spring. 45 tourist businesses between Retz and Waidhofen/Thaya are now partners of the National Park Thayatal. The same year sees two floods. In March the Thaya's tide is high, in June the Fugnitz floods large parts of the outskirts and causes vast damages in Badgasse. In November, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the NP Podyjí, a symposium is organized in Znojmo in cooperation with the National Park Thayatal.
Medal for Dir. Brunner
2008: the Council of Europe renews the European Diploma of the National Park Thayatal for another five years. Former Mayor Norbert Kellner is awarded the Josef-Schöffl-Prize.
opening adventure playground