Hamburger Hallig

Schleswig-Holstein  >  Germany

An island accessible from land. One of the largest saltmarshes at the German coast with almost all the Wadden Sea related bird species.

Added* by pbateman
Most recent update 27 January 2023


The saltmarshes of the Hamburger Hallig reach from the dike four kilometers to the actual Hallig near the water. There is one path that you can follow. Right at the parking lot is a ditch which is covered with reed. In spring and summer this is good spot to look for Bluethroat, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting. Also a few pairs of Corn Bunting breed behind the dike. When over the dike, there is an area with shorter vegetation where especially in spring an autumn thousands of Brent Goose and Barnacle Goose forage for their journey to the south or north. When you look closely between these geese there are sometimes rarities like Red-breasted Goose or other subspecies of Brent Goose. In these times there are also many Northern Lapwing and European Golden Plover. In winter the dike is the best place to look for Snow Bunting, Shore Lark and Twite. Between these there are sometimes rarities like Lapland Bunting.

Halfway to the Hallig there is the "Schafsberg", a hill with a little hut on it. From there you have a great view over the saltmarshes. In spring and summer they are full of life. Birds like Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Meadow Pipit and Skylark breed in large numbers in the meadows. This is also the spot with one of the highest densities of Common Redshank at the whole coast of Nordfriesland. Birds of prey are also common visitors in the saltmarshes. Marsh Harrier is there from spring to autumn, Hen Harrier from autumn until spring, while White-tailed Eagle can be seen the whole year.

From the actual Hallig you have a good view on the mudflats of the Wadden Sea. Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot and Grey Plover come in high numbers in spring and autumn to forage. Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Eider and sometimes Red-breasted Merganser breed at the edge of the Hallig while Arctic Tern and Common Tern only come here to forage.



With public transport the Hamburger Hallig can best be done from Bredstedt, the nearest trainstation. From there a bus goes there irregularly. If you come with the car, you can park at in the parking lot behind the dike. Click on the P in the map for directions. From there you can either walk or rent a bike cheaply and ride further to the Hallig. The way to the end of the Hallig is about four kilometers.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Mud flats , Sea , Grassland , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape , No shadow , Slippery , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration , Summer , Spring


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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