Illmitzer Zicksee

Burgenland  >  Austria

The diversity of natural features and easy accessibility of the Illmitzer Zicksee make it a highlight of any visit.

Added* by Benjamin Knes
Most recent update 19 March 2020


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 Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Steppe , Plain , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring , Autumn


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here