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The Borkener See, surrounded by meadows and forests and created by open-cast lignite mining, is one of the largest lakes in Hessen with its 139 hectares.
The Borkener See with its nutrient-poor body of water forms the core of one of the largest and most important nature reserves in Germany, which primarily serves as a resting area for numerous rare bird species. Due to its large body of water and its mild climate, it remains ice-free for a long time. A total of 235 bird species have been observed here since 1990. Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon) are regularly seen. As are Common Crane, Tundra Bean Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser and Smew. Also rare guests such as Lesser White-fronted Goose, Red-footed Falcon, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Whiskered Tern and White-winged Tern can be seen here. On good days, up to 2,000 ducks and just as many seagulls can be seen on the lake.
Bus routes 407, 410, 412, 413, or trains R98, RB30, RB38, RE 30 to the Borken stop. Parking lot at the indoor swimming pool Borken, Westrandstraße 40, 34582 Borken. Click on the P in the map to get directions. You can make a circular walk around the lake (7 km).
A visit to the Borkener See nature conservation information center(Naturschutzinformationszentrums) is also worthwhile.