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The "Holzhafen" is a freshwater tidal flat and of particular importance as a resting area for migratory bird species.

Added* by Manuel Tacke
Most recent update 12 March 2020


Located in the middle of the huge urban industrial area of the port of Hamburg, the Holzhafen was reconnected to the tidal river Elbe only in 2013 as a compensation area for the expansion of the motorway. Therefore the area is one of the most important wetlands in Hamburg. Depending on the time and season you can expect a great variety of waterbirds of all kind. Especially during migration season several species of ducks can be seen (especially Common Teal, Northern Shoveler and Common Shelduck in good numbers). Some days in spring see dozens of gulls (all species, including Mediterranean Gull which breeds close by) and terns feeding from the water, Little Tern and Caspian Tern are recorded. The adjacent bushy areas and reed belts used to be good spots to search for passerines as Bluethroat. Peregrine Falcon breeds in a nearby power pole and Osprey is a reguar guests. Also different species of waders can be observed in smaller numbers.



An asphalted footpath (also accessible by bike) leads along the dike directly past the area and allows good views. Parking areas are close. Public transport (S Rothenburgsort, close to Hauptbahnhof) can be reached within reasonable distance.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Scattered trees and bushes , River , Reedbeds , City/village , Mud flats



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Going by bike gives you the best opportunity to combine a visit of the Holzhafen with other great birding spots close by.

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