The Feldberg is the highest mountain of the Black Forest and holds a variety of typical mountain birds of the region. Many breeding birds arrive late, so that a visit in May or June is particularly rewarding. Best spot for Citril Finch is around Todtnauer Hütte. Western Capercaillie still occurs in the area, but is very difficult to find. Best chances for Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker are along the "Felsenweg" (northernmost section of the circuit). In some years Dotterel rest on the alpine meadows in early September. Alpine Accentor and even White-winged Snowfinch can be found occasionally in late spring, particularly near the monument on top of the mountain.
Best to park in the official parking garage at Feldberg village, near the Ski ressort, located here: Dr.-Pilet-Spur 2, 79868 Feldberg (Schwarzwald). Click on the P in the map to get directions. From there you can explore the area on foot. The walking route that is shown on the map is 10 km.
Terrain and HabitatForest, Grassland, Mountain
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailStrenuous
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
On sunny days and particularly on weekends the area is very popular. It is highly recommended to start the visit early in the morning. More information about the area and an interesting exhibition about nature and wildlife in the Black Forest at "Haus der Natur", close to the parking garage. And, please remember that the area is protected. It is strictly forbidden to leave the official tracks.