Bislicher Insel & Flutmulden

Lower Rhine Region  >  Germany

As one of the last near-natural floodplain landscapes on the Lower Rhine, the Bislicher Insel in Xanten is extensively protected.

Added* by Lukas Rühlke
Most recent update 2 July 2022


The diversity of habitats, the sandy and gravel banks on the flowing river as well as the reed beds and muddy banks on the quiet Old Rhine, is immense. Alder, ash, willow and black poplar also form the basis for a site-appropriate floodplain forest.

For geese, beavers or Great Egret, the protected area of Bislicher Insel, which is more than 1000 football fields in size, is the purest water paradise. The Bislicher Insel is one of the few near-natural floodplains in Germany. Every year it is flooded by the Rhine, which is why the dikes were specially laid.



Parking is available at the café there. The area itself is easy to explore by foot or bike. The somewhat remote floodplains can, however, be reached by car, where you can park directly on the road.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Forest , River , Grassland



Circular trail


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Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring


Wide path , Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle , Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Year after year, the large flocks of Arctic geese exert a special attraction not only on ornithologists - up to 25,000 of the impressive birds make their winter quarters here. Therefore it is worthwhile to search the geese for rarities. A pair of White-tailed Eagle has also been breeding in the area again for several years.

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