The region

Lunz am See is situated in the mountains of southern Lower Austria, and has a long history. The name Lunz is of Slavic origin which means that the settlement had already existed in the 6th Century. The original name may have been lomnica. The oldest name „liunze in montanis“ is found in a document by the bishop Wolfger of Passau in 1203. As a curiosity it may be mentioned that in the same document the existence of the famous Austrian medieval poet Walther von der Vogelweide was documented. His poems were well known, but this is the only document which says that he had really existed.

Lunz am See is situated in the district of Scheibbs, which is unusually well researched in a faunistic respect. Except for the research activities at the Biological Station Lunz, it is mainly the result of the monumental work of Franz Ressl, which is documented in five book volumes. Ressl was an amateur scientist who devoted himself in an admirable manner to research in the historical and natural sciences of his native land. He died in 2011, but his notebooks and records are not yet completely evaluated.