Rust is quite proud of its storks and indeed you can spot many nests on the roofs and just outside the centre is the "Storchenwiese", one of the favourite places of the storks to hunt for frogs and other food to feed their breed.
Fischerkirche is a very old, nice looking church and the historically most interesting building in Rust. Parts of it date back to the 11th century. It is very small. As there are two further churches in Rust, they do not use Fischerkirche for masses anymore. Entrance fee is 1 EUR for adults and 50 cents for children. Inside you`ll see some nice frescoes of the middle ages. In the churchyard you can see a couple of tombs dating from the 19th century. In summer concerts take place there.
Rust is famous for its excellent wines. There are several wine producers in the area (I believe they have the word "Weingut" in front of their names; I could be wrong!), and you should not miss trying out the wines in any heurigen or restaurant around Rust. Having a 1/8 glass of any wine will not cost you much. If I remember correctly, one 1/8 glass can cost less than Euro 2, depending on the type, year, area and vintage wine.
If you plan to go wine tasting, I strongly suggest you have a designated driver or make sure you have book a room for the night in one of the nearby Hotels or Bed & Breakfast in the area. Austria has a strict law on drinking and driving!
The area around the Neusiedler See is a wetland area for nature and wildlife. The shores were covered in tall reeds. You can walked around the shore (pavements were provided) and watch the ducks and ducklings swimming around or flying about. It is a peaceful way to spend the late afternoon, especially when you want to get away from all the stress.
Walking around Rust town is interesting because not only you see the storks nesting on the rooftops, the building here are pretty and colourful. Take your time and walk around the main city hall square (Rathausplatz).
Rust has a nearby lake where you can easily walk to and enjoy the natural surroundings. The vast wetlands surrounding the lake are renowned for the richness and variety of its birdlife, for the simple reason that the reeds create huge areas of inaccessible animal habitat. In between the reeds, the birds are safe from predators, both the human and the animal kind.
When you arrive at the lake you also have the chance to take a sunbath.
On this photo you see the beach during the week, there were not too many people. But if you think you will find this place in this conditon at the weekend ( at daytime) you are completely wrong. (well, of course I am talking about the summer and if its a sunny day. In Novembere, when it´s foggy there wont be people there as well.... ;-) ) For us it was not easy to find a good place to lie.
Swimming.... well, VTles, if you dont like mud you may be disappointed because this lake has a lot of it. At this beach it was ok, but if take the boat and want to swimm as I wanted to do you wont find places without mud easily. Maybe in the middle of the lake you have less mud but close to the coast there is a lot of it.
For me it was no problem... the mud wont bite you, right? ;-)
Sailing, windsurfing or taking a pedal boat is a very nice experiance at this lake. I also wanted so swimm but it was very windy so I we stayed close to the coast almost all the time. There you have quite a lot of mud and I didnt enjoy to swimm if you feel the mud in a "depth" of about 50 cm.
If you want to swimm you have the chance to visit the other side of Lake Neusiedl, for example in Podersdorf. (this area is called Seewinkel) There you have many beaches as well....
His building was build in the second half of the 18th century.
At the corner of the building is a bay with the "Auge Gottes". (thats why the name of the building)
On the smokestack? Right! A nest of storks!
I start to ask myself which populations is higher in summer: The population of the inhabitants of Rust (1.700) or storks???
At the Haydngasse there is the Catholic church of Rust.
This church was built in 1649-1651 by the Protestants but in 1674 the Protestants had to transfer it to the Catholics.
Here a description of the church in German:
Es handelt sich um einen frühbarocken Bau, an dem nordseitig ein Schulhaus angebaut wurde. In Höhe des Fassadengiebels befindet sich ein Umgang mit Steinbalustrade auf Konsolen, ebenso ein zweiter am Fuß des steinernen Pyramidenhelms. Im Inneren sind der freistehende Hochaltar, das Rokoko-Tabernakel, die beiden Seitenaltäre, die Kanzel aus Holz, der Taufstein und die Orgel sehenswert.
If you are on the main square you can see the oldest church of Rust, called Fischerkirche. It is built in 13th century, according a myth queen Maria of Hungary was saved by some fisherman when she was on the run from the mongolians.
As mentioned before Rust is located at the Lake Neusiedl. From the village there leads a streat which is bounded by reed. Between the reed some local people have their own cot. If you take a pedal boat you have the chance to 'drive" your boat between the reed. But take care, maybe you will meet another pedal boat there...
The Townhall with... of course with some storks!
On the westportale there is a sign "Erbaut Anno 1637" (built in 1637) . In 1703 it was redecorated the first time. In the 1920s the cellar was used as a restaurant. So on the east side there is the cellar portale with the inscription "Mir ist recht wohl, wann ich bin voll". (I feel good when I am full).
Running alongsidethe road to the lake from the centre of town you will see vast areas of green reeds and tiny houses with thatched rooves. These are the ideal Neusiedl Lake holiday homes are are for rent or privately owned.
The town is just bursting with wine cellars where you can buy bottles and sometimes even enjoy a few drinks and local food. Wine is a big tourist thing in the Neusiedl region and I definitely found a few to add to my list of good Austrian wine. The gardens get quite busy in the evenings but some of the wine places are not open to the public to sit and eat, you just ring the doorbell and they sell you their own wine. Look out for the Gewurztraminer as a top tip!!