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Where is Rust?

The “Free City” is located in the Austrian province of Burgenland on the western shore of the famous Lake Neusiedlersee, one of the few steppe (endorheic) lakes in Europe. With its approximately 1,900 inhabitants, the municipality of Rust is the smallest administrative district in Austria. In the neighborhood are, among others, such famous communities as St. Margarethen or Mörbisch am See.

The small town is extremely centrally located: the Hungarian border is just nearby, the capital of Burgenland, Eisenstadt, is only 15 km away, and the federal capital, Vienna, can be reached by car in just one hour.

The Free City of Rust has a lot to offer for a (short) vacation and the weather is also usually perfect for sporty, varied, cultural and enjoyable days.

[Translate to 01_EN:] Seeblick (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer
[Translate to 01_EN:] Rust (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer

Rust on Lake Neusiedlersee: UNESCO World Heritage Site

In 2001, the Old Town of Rust, together with the Lake Neusiedlersee region, was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The old town of the Free City of Rust is protected as a historic monument, the historic charm with its numerous town houses from the 16th to the 19th century is thus preserved. Characteristic round-arched portals and vaulted entrances lead into idyllic courtyards or to the even older courtyard tracts with covered staircases and arcades, some of which also contain remnants of the town wall.

For its preservation of monuments and cultural efforts, the town got awards several times as the most beautiful town in Burgenland.

Special sights in Rust on Lake Neusiedlersee


The Free City in Burgenland offers many sights, such as among others:

The Fischerkirche (Fishermen's Church) is the oldest and most significant building in terms of art history. Today, the small church serves as a museum and is also used for concerts (every first Thursday of the month) during the summer. Additional music is offered during "The Long Night of Music".

The Kunsthaus Rust is a listed vintner's house in which today a permanent exhibition as well as changing exhibitions of Austrian and international contemporary art are shown. Tip: The romantic courtyard garden invites you to linger over a glass of wine.

The Roman Catholic parish church of Rust am See is an early Baroque building and a must for architecture lovers. Those who dare to climb the tower will also be rewarded with a wonderful view. The history is also exciting: the church was originally consecrated as a Protestant church and was rededicated as a Catholic church in the course of the Counter-Reformation.

[Translate to 01_EN:] Fest (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer
[Translate to 01_EN:] Kultur (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer

Pleasure, art and culture in Rust

Enjoyment and culture take center stage in Rust and the surrounding area, and there are offers that visitors should definitely take advantage of:

  • It is worth exploring the town in more detail on a guided tour: The varied development from a fishing village to a town is explained in an entertaining way while you stroll past the town's art-historical treasures.
  • A special tip: The night watchman tour is a torchlight & adventure walk through the romantic and illuminated alleys of the historic old town of Rust in the evening.
  • If you want to hike and enjoy yourself at the same time, the Rust Pleasure Hike is the right choice: a commented pleasure hike to the most beautiful places with background information on the country and its people as well as the Burgenland-Pannonian winegrowing tradition - regional delicacies included.
  • You should not miss the Seefestspiele (Festival) in Mörbisch, which are known far beyond the borders, and the famous opera in the quarry St.Margarethen: absolute live art enjoyment in the summer!


Of course, there are numerous accommodation facilities available for guests, whether hotels, vacation homes, apartments or guesthouses - with prices to suit every wallet.

[Translate to 01_EN:] Freibad (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer
[Translate to 01_EN:] (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust - Hans Wetzelsdorfer

Sports and leisure activities in Rust

Rust and the surrounding area are known for varied leisure activities: Among other things, all year round is the more than 1,000-square-meter Rust Amusement Park with fun court, outdoor fitness court and asphalt pump track. Of course, water sports are also a big topic: In the lakeside and outdoor pool in Rust, there's everything you need for a perfect day of summer, from volleyball to water slides. And Lake Neusiedlersee is ideal for sailing and surfing as well as paddling a canoe or kayak.

For those who prefer to be sporty on land: the Nordic Walking Panorama Park Neusiedlersee offers 15 signposted tours through vineyards and heaths - always with a view of the lake. For those looking for a sporting challenge: The Bernstein Trail for hikers and long-distance hikers runs 306 km through Burgenland. For those who prefer cycling, e-biking, tennis or golf - there are of course plenty of offers for them as well.

[Translate to 01_EN:] Weinbau (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust
[Translate to 01_EN:] Sonnenaufgang (c) Tourismusverband Freistadt Rust

Wine location Rust


Burgenland and, of course, Rust are known for their excellent wines. There are a total of 450 hectares of vineyards in the Rust region alone. The climate of the Pannonian region is a determining factor for the unique growth of the vines: dry, hot summers and cold, rainy winters ensure exceptional harvests. In numerous wine cellars (a good tip especially when it rains), wine taverns, and wine bars, guests can taste the exceptional quality of the wines, and above all of the passionately lived wine culture in Rust.

Tip: You should definitely try the "Ruster Ausbruch", one of the best sweet wines in the world, as it is otherwise only produced in Europe in the Hungarian Tokaj or the French Sauternes.

Weather in Rust and Lake Neusiedlersee

The weather in Rust is mild and moderate. The most pleasant temperatures are from May to September - also the best time to visit Rust. In July and August the temperatures rise up to 28 degrees. A constant companion is the wind, but it also makes the temperatures more pleasant. Overall, it stays dry on average about 196 days a year. The least precipitation occurs in August. If you want to find out more about the weather in and the weather forecast for Rust, it's best to visit our live webcams, where you can always take a look at the current weather, including the weather forecast.