TransParcNet Meeting 2018

Nový Hrádek

Once a year, members of EUROPARC Transboundary Parks Programme – the TransParcNet – and specialists interested in cross-border cooperation come together for a 3-day workshop, to share experience, best-practice and learn from each other. This year, the TransParcNet Meeting will focus on river landscapes conservation and it’s kindly hosted by Podyjí and Thayatal National Parks, a Transboundary Region between Czech Republic and Austria, cooperating since 2007. Registrations are now open!

“Bridges over troubled water – Nature protection of river landscapes”

We are very pleased to invite you to the TransParcNet meeting 2018. The meeting will take place in Podyjí and Thayatal area at the Czech – Austrian border. We look forward to welcoming you from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th June 2018.

This year’s meeting will focus on „Nature protection of river landscapes” in transboundary regions. We will study experiences from Podyjí and Thayatal and other areas and also enjoy views of deep Dyje/Thaya river valley, large forests and vast heathlands.

We also seek your contribution and experiences with river landscape protection and all the aspects. The official opening of the TransParcNet meeting 2018 will take place on Tuesday 5th of June at 17:00 in Retz, Austria.

The Conference language is English.

PROGRAMME TransParcNet Meeting 2018

Tuesday, 5th June
15:00 Arrival / Opening of registration at Hotel Althof in Retz
17:00 Official opening in seminar room of Hotel Althof in Retz
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 6th June
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Shuttle pick-up at Hotel Althof in Retz and transfer to Nationalparkhaus Thayatal
9:00 Presentation session I “Changes and challenges of river ecosystems”
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Presentation session II “The river basin landscape impact on the state of watercourses“
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Short excursion in Nationalpark Thayatal – Podyjí
16:00 Workshop session
19:00 Dinner and guided tour in Retz

Thursday, 7th June
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Shuttle pick-up at Hotel Althof in Retz and transfer to Nationalparkhaus Thayatal
9:00 Presentation session III “Transboundary cooperation in water protection”
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Excursion to Nationalpark Thayatal – Podyjí
18:00 Gala dinner

Friday, 8th June
8:00 Breakfast & Departure


The online registration, including reservation of accommodation, is available on this Transparcnet 2018 online registration form. (A new window with the registration form will open).

  • Please note that the deadline for registration is April 15th, 2018.
  • The conference fee is set to 130 EUR and includes participation in the conference and accommodation (co-financed by INTERREG Austria – Czech Republic). It should be paid by the deadline of registration.

How to get to Retz

By airplane:

The Vienna International Airport (VIE) is the closest big international airport to the city of Retz. You can use public transport to get to Vienna city. From the stations “Wien Hauptbahnhof” or “Wien Mitte” you can continue non-stop by train to Retz. More information on transportation from the airport…

Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) – with Prague Public Transport (bus and metro) to Florenc Bus Station (stop on metro lines C and B) and then continue by bus to Znojmo (Detail timetable for Czech Republic). We will organise a shuttle from Znojmo or you can continue by train from there.

By train

Retz has convenient train connection from Vienna. You can reach Retz from Wien Hauptbahnhof (or several other train stations in Vienna) by train approximately every hour. For detail timetable please visit Retz can be also reached by train from Znojmo. Retz train station is within walking distance to the Hotel Althof. We can organize a shuttle service if needed.

By car

From Czech Republic through D1 highway exit in Jihlava or Brno to direction Znojmo. From Znojmo follow road 413 to Retz.
In Austria from highway S5 to S3 in Stockerau, then continue to Hollabrunn and follow E59 and B30 to Retz.
There is a parking lot at Hotel Althof.


  • Accommodation and venue on Tuesday 5th June events will be in Hotel Althof in Retz.
  • The Thayatal Nationalparkhaus Hardegg will be the conference venue on Wednesday and Thursday and the starting point for excursions. Shuttle from Hotel Althof and back will be organised on both days.


Hotel Althof in Retz will provide accommodation for participants of the conference. The cost of accommodation will be covered by your conference fee.


For logistic issues and other questions, please contact:
David Grossmann (NP Podyjí), grossmann @, +420 734 759 030.
Martha Schober (NP Thayatal), office @, +43 (0) 2949 / 7005