Bavaria, Upper Franconia, Coburg  >  Germany

Detention basin finished in 2011 with northern part especially designed as a shallow "biotope basin", adjoining to a traditional grassland birds area.

Added* by Sebastian Lehmeier
Most recent update 7 September 2022


The Goldbergsee is a detention basin, separated into 3 sections. The southern part is filled with water throughout the year. The water here stays open most time of the winter, so it is good for hibernating waterfowl like Goosander in bigger amounts. The middle part is emptied during winter, large mud surfaces then. Resting trees for Great Cormorant.

The northern part is designed as a biotope. Water during the whole year, but shallow and quickly freezing during winter. Shallow with small mud surfaces and extended reed areas. Good place for breeding, resting and (when there's no ice) hibernating waterfowl, migrating shorebirds and marsh terns, like Black Tern, in smaller numbers. But often interesting diversity, almost all european heron species documented as visitors, breeding Acrocephalus warblers, Bluethroat, Whinchat and European Stonechat.

Important Bird Area for grassland birds "Glender Wiesen" north of Goldbergsee with important Common Snipe population for whole Upper Franconia.

Goldberg, a small forest on the hill between biotope and southern part of Goldbergsee with chances on Grey-headed Woodpecker and Middle Spotted Woodpecker.



By car: Take road St2205 from Coburg towards Bad Rodach, parking lot between Coburg and Beiersdorf at the right side of the road, directly at the west side of Goldbergsee. Click on the P in the map to get directions to the parking.

Public transport: By train till Coburg Main Station, then bus line 5 to Beiersdorf. Leave at "Beiersdorf Veilchenweg" or better, if possible, at "Beiersdorf Abzweig Callenberg":

There`s a very comfortable, partly paved way for walking, cycling or inlineskating between the middle and the northern biotope lake sections with an observation platform. The way should also be possible with wheelchair, but not stepping up the stairs to the platform top.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Lake , Reedbeds , Mud flats , Grassland



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Winter

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Spring


Paved road , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Please feel invited to join www.ornitho.de and leave your observations in this important database for our local avifaunistic and conservation activities!

Also feel free to look for latest observations on www.ornitho. de - there is a QR-code at the observation platform serving you all observations during the last 15 days to your device!


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