The starting point is the parking area at the “Illmitzer Seewäldchen”. Following the sandy trail to the north, the voices of Golden Oriole, Hoopoe , Wryneck, Icterine Warbler, and Spotted Flycatcher can be heard at the forest edge in spring. Hoopoe, Linnet, and European Goldfinch are regulars. A quick look with a spotting scope towards the opening under the gable of the prominent stable reveals whether (and how many) Barn Owl are present.
At the birdwatching hide "Südliche Seekoppel", with the view in the reedbelt of Lake Neusiedl various waterbirds can be observed. Breeding species like: Spoonbill, Pygmy Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Marsh Harrier, Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Great Egret, Little Crake or migrants like Eurasian Wigeon, Common Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, can be regularly seen.
On the way to the Seebad (the lakefront resort) in spring, birdwatchers familiar with the voices of reed passerines will be able to hear all of the species breeding here: Reed Warbler , Sedge Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Moustached Warbler and Savi's Warbler, as well as Bearded Tit, Penduline Tit and Reed Bunting. Little Grebe, Eurasian Moorhen, Common Pochard, Little Crake and Great Crested Grebe can be seen swimming in the pools of open water within the reed belt, as can – with a little luck – the occasional Ferruginous Duck.
In "Seebad" itself has become known for two primary reasons. First, periods of bad weather between April and mid-May can force large numbers of migrating passerines to seek refuge in the few available trees, bushes, and meadows. Second, this part of the shore of Lake Neusiedl is the best place in all of Austria to see skuas (mainly Long-tailed Skua and Pomarine Skua). A few specimen of this rather rare bird family (at least for inland birdwatching) are discovered here every year between mid-August and mid-October. The harbour inlet for ferries is a good place to get quite close-range photos of some of the more common gulls.
The street "Seestraße" is accessable by car. The hide "Südliche Seekoppel" (former "Warmblutpferdekoppel") is accessable by foot or bicycle.
Terrain and HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Lake, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Summer, Spring migration, Autumn migration, Autumn, Spring
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
There is one birdwatching hide existing along the "Seestraße". This hide can be exclusively used by official Nationalpark exkursions and is closed for public use. The "Seebad" is an official public swimming area and therefore a great spot to enjoy the warm water of Lake Neusiedl.
Illmitzer Zicksee, Sandeck