At Adlerwarte Kreuzenstein (Kreuzenstein Eagle Station), a young team of highly qualified falconers await you with a very special kind of excursion, where you can gain an unusual insight into the impressive world of birds of prey.
Spectacular swoops by various eagle species, as well as falcons, vehemently hunting the mock prey thrown into the air by the falconers with enormous speed and astounding skill, are as much as part of the performance programme as the vultures with their impressive body dimensions (approx. 15kg) and wingspan (up to around 3 metres), who can be sweep over the audience up close.
Needless to say, during the free-flight performance, extensive information is presented on each bird of prey as they are shown, as well as on the falconry, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hunting methods and living habits, as well as precise details on size, speed, power, and vision are in just as much abundance as situations where the birds make things difficult for the falconers and make the audience laugh.
The view from Kreuzenstein Eagle Station
Last but not least, the unique view (in good weather you can see almost all of Vienna) and how easy the station is to get to (a large car park is available directly below the castle, as well as public transport – S-Bahn line S3 to Leobendorf and then an approx. 25 minute walk to the Eagle Station) make the Eagle Station the perfect destination for a day out.
A playground featuring a large playing field and picnic facilities, as well as the on-site castle inn and various Heurige (wine taverns) in the surrounding area will make you want to stay a while longer in the region around Kreuzenstein Eagle Station.
Performances (season: End of March to end of October) are held at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. The station is closed on Mondays (excluding holidays).
Entry opens half an hour before the start of each show (so that visitors can admire the various birds of prey beforehand in the eagle pit and choose their seats).
In addition to flight shows, falconry workshops are also offered, where visitors can peek behind the scenes at training, as well as find out more details on the history of falconry. After being briefed on how to deal with birds of prey in the right way, you have the chance not only to carry them on your fist, but also to get them to fly!
Telephone number 0664/89 98 325 and website (website only available in German).