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Reservoir on the edge of the Fichtelgebirge that is attractive for migrating wading and waterfowl in a landscape that has not got many waters.

Added* by Matthias Fanck
Most recent update 29 July 2020
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The Förmitzspeicher is a reservoir in the gently hilly landscape of the Münchberger Gneismasse on the northwestern edge of the Fichtelgebirge. It was completed in 1978 and lies 529 m above sea level and has a 126 ha water surface when it is completely filled. The climate here is continental. The reservoir is attractive especially for wading birds and waterfowl during the migration period. Then sometimes remarkable rarities can show up. The total number of bird species seen so far in the Förmitzspeicher is 250, waterrelated species 115. The reservoir is very easily accessible. Best observations mostly in spring and late summer / autumn. In high summer there are many leisure activities on the water: swimming, surfing, sailing.



The Förmitzspeicher is located approx. 3 km southwest of the town of Schwarzenbach / Saale, coordinates 50 ° 11’39.62 “N 11 ° 54’46.39“ O. Access via Schwarzenbach or Münchberg. Two parking spaces on the north-west bank at both ends of the dam (Navi: Schwarzenbach / Saale, Dammstraße), one on the south-east bank.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Lake


Hilly , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn , Spring migration , Autumn migration


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

There are three webcams and a page with the current water levels: see the links below.


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