Hörnauer See

Bavaria, Lower Franconia  >  Germany

A compact site used for fish farming. The extensive reedbeds are home of several interesting reed-related species such as the Little Bittern.

Added* by Thomas Büttel
Most recent update 20 February 2022


The best season for a visit is late spring (or early summer), when all the typical breeding species have arrived. A circular path that runs around the large pond in the centre of the area is the best way to explore the site. Note that some trails can be closed. Observing the breeding or moulting ducks such as Red-crested Pochard, Gadwall and Common Pochard should be no problem. For getting a glimpse on Great Reed Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Bluethroat and Little Bittern you will need some more patience, but you will definitely be able to listen to the songs of the three passerine species. Pay some attention to the surrounding fields, as sometimes Montagu's Harrier turn up.

On migration season Black Tern and Osprey are regularly seen, here and then also Whiskered Tern. Unfortunately, the ponds are drained some time after the peak of wader migration, so you can expect only some of the more common species in autumn .



There is no real car park, but it is possible to leave the car at the northeastern corner of the large pond. Leave Gerolzhofen westwards in the direction of Volkach and turn after 300 meters right towards Brünnstadt. Pay attention to an inconspicious signpost "Auenhof" on your right hand side. Follow it and continue on this lane until you arrive at the ponds. Just after you've crossed a ditch, turn once again right. Shortly you should reach the mentioned northeastern corner of the pond.

The best way to arrive by public transport is taking the bus from Schweinfurt to Gerolzhofen (line 8160).

Terrain and Habitat

Agriculture , Reedbeds , Wetland


Flat , High water possible , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring , Autumn , Summer

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle , Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


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