The Hörfeld Moor is a relic of the last glacial period. In recent years the open areas and water expanse have declined and became more overgrown, thus causing a slow shift in avifauna towards species that prefer shrub habitats. The Common Rosefinch is a winner of these circumstances and Hörfeld Moor is one of the few places in Austria where it can be observed regularly. Late spring and summer are the best seasons to observe Common Rosefinch since they only arrive from their wintering grounds in late May.
The circular trail takes you across the moor on a boardwalk and continues on trails and unpaved roads to the west and south, while its eastern part follows a path just next to the road.
The open habitat is home to Whinchat, Red-backed Shrike, Yellowhammer and several species of warblers and tits, whereas the denser vegetation and forest edge offer breeding sites for thrushes and woodpeckers. Water areas and creeks are inhabited by Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Water Rail, Mallard, Common Teal. The moor is also used for foraging by species that breed in the surrounding forests including various raptors and owls.
Only accessible by car on the B92 (approx. 50 min drive from Klagenfurt). There is limited place to park your car along the B92 road or at the watchtower at the south of the loop. The trail itself is only accessible on foot (a few steps can be overcome with a pram but hardly with a wheelchair).
Terrain and HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Moors/heathland, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonSpring, Summer
Best time to visitSummer
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Best observation points for the moor itself are the boardwalk at the northern edge of the moor, the viewpoint next to the B92 and the southward watchtower. There are no amenities along the route.