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 HabitatForest, Lake
ConditionsHilly, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonSpring, Autumn
Best time to visitSpring, Autumn, Spring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
There are three webcams and a page with the current water levels: see the links below.
Saxon Saale below the dam, meadows near Bärlas, Untreusee Hof