Essling is a part of Vienna’s 22nd district Donaustadt. Situated right at the edge of the city it consists mostly of agricultural land and detached, semi-detached and terrace houses. To the south of Essling the Lobau National Park offers a beautiful floodplain landscape for recreation and sports. Until 1938 Essling was an independent village, mostly known for being the location of Napoleon Bonaparte’s first defeat in a battle. In 1809 the Austrian Archduke Karl threw back Napleon’s troops and took away the nimbus of the invincible of the French Emperor.