Traditional draw-wells and reed huts, cattle herds, families of geese, blossoming orchids in spring, and extensive salt efflorescences in summer are popular photo motifs.
From an ornithological point of view, the Illmitzer Zicksee (also known as the "Zicklacke") is certainly a “must-see”. At high water levels, a number of places offer good opportunities to observe birds at very close range. During the course of the year, about 15 duck species and 30 wader species use the lake or its shore zone as a resting area, and Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, and Mallard breed here. In May and July/ August, this saline lake is the most reliable spot in the area to see Broad-billed Sandpiper , Temminck's Stint , and Little Stint. It is also a good place to see: Western Yellow Wagtail , Sedge Warbler , Savi's Warbler , Red-backed Shrike , and Reed Bunting. Singing pearches for Crested Lark and Barred Warbler are almost “common knowledge”.
The parking area is located at Kirchentellinsfurter Platz. Driving around the soda pond is not allowed - walking or cycling are anyway the best ways to explore the area! Three wooden hides/towers (accessable with wheel chair) can be used for birdwatching around the Illmitzer Zicksee.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Grassland, Steppe, Plain, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn, Summer
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration, Spring, Autumn
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Südliche Seekoppel, Geiselsteller