WiesenKönigReich Zell am See

Salzburgerland  >  Austria

Regardless of the time of year, a walk through Zeller See Nature Reserve and the "WiesenKönigReich" is always good for birding.

Added* by G.Blijleven
Most recent update 15 August 2020


The south shore of the lake Zeller See harbours a vast moorland amidst a stunning alpine scenery. The WiesenKönigReich wetlands with its lowland moor and wetland meadows give shelter to a variety of plants and animals. Lake Zeller See and the vast wet meadows on its south shore are an important resting place for migratory birds and overwintering bird species. Every year thousands of birds are crossing the Alps on their way to the breeding sites in the north of Europe. A good resting place close to the main Alpine ridge is this reserve on the southern shore of Lake Zeller See. Among the breeding birds are Common Shelduck, Little Grebe, Corn Crake, Snipe, Whinchat, Skylark and Western Yellow Wagtail. Herons and egrets are foraging in the area, a Grey Heron colony is found in the vicinity of Bruckberg.

During migration you can see waders like Red Knot, Dunlin and Green Sandpiper and sometimes rarities. Common Eider, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard and Red-breasted Merganser can be observed in winter. Great Cormorant are migrating through. Especially in winter one can observe larger groups. Other birds that can be seen are Marsh Harrier, Black Tern, Red-backed Shrike, Northern Wheatear, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow and Eurasian Nuthatch.



There is a free parking (see the P on the map or click on the P to get directions). You can explore the area on foot or by bike. The route that is shown on the map is about 5 km.

Terrain and Habitat

Plain , Scattered trees and bushes , Wetland , Grassland


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Wide path , Narrow trail , Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform



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