Unterer Inn European Nature Reserve is a border-crossing nature reserve between Germany and Austria. Lush vegetation thrives here along the river Inn: silt banks, reed banks, pasture-covered islands and untouched riparian forests. Around 300 species of birds use the wetlands around the Inn as a breeding ground and resting place - also rare species such as Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Barred Warbler, White-winged Tern or Spotted Redshank. It is the extensive food supply that attracts the birds. Especially in spring and autumn, during the bird migration, you can admire many birds. Also a very good area to look for butterflies.
The 55 km long European Nature Reserve Unterer Inn offers countless options for birding, mostly along the dams on the German and Austrian side. We focus here on the Egglfing barrage and the part called Katzenbergleithen near the town of Kirchdorf.
The observation area upstream of the Egglfing barrage can be reached by driving on the B 142 at Obernberg in the direction of Kirchdorf. After 1.3 km at a small rest area, a small road goes steeply down to the right (follow the sign: "Mosthof Staufenberg" and "Güterweg Katzenbergleithen). After another kilometer you drive on a gravel path that leads to the right to the nearby river (sign "Mosthof Staufenberg"). After the first 90 ° curve you come to a small hut on the edge of the riparian forest after 200 m. Here you park (see the P on the map). From there and from a point about 300 m further down the river, you can see the shallow water and sand bars. Back on the main path and 1.5 km further on, you will see an observation stand on the right-hand side behind a row of bushes / trees, which stands on the bank 50 m from the road (See the map). To the left (upstream) of the observation stand is a simple dirt road between the trees on the bank and a field parallel to the river. Here you always have excellent insights into the silt areas.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Mud flats, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration, Spring
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road, Wide path, Narrow trail
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
There are many other places that are interesting along the European Reserve Unterer Inntal. For example around the small German town of Ering (which has a visitor center for the whole reserve) or the colony of breeding Black-crowned Night-Heron near Minaberg. See the links below for more info.