Baden-Württemberg  >  Germany

A fishing lake (and former gravel pit) that is great for winterbirds. Easily accessible with good views across the lake and along the shores.

Added* by Sam S.
Most recent update 23 December 2022


In winter, the Hurstsee is home to a great number and variety of ducks and other waterbirds. There are good numbers (between 15 and 100+) of Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Eurasian Coot and Great Cormorant.

Smaller groups of Common Teal and Great Crested Grebe can usually be seen scattered across the lake. Egyptian Goose and Mute Swan are often present, as well as Great Egret, Grey Heron, Common Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail along the fringes of the lake.

With a bit of luck, you can also see Goosander, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Garganey (on spring migration) or even a stunning Smew here!

Waterbirds are the main attraction, but the trees and bushes around the lake are worth checking too. There are plenty of common woodland / garden birds, plus a good chance of seeing (or hearing) any of the following: Siskin, Hawfinch, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Firecrest, Redwing and Black Woodpecker.



The lake is best accessed by car. You can park near the SV Sulzbach sports ground, which is about 200m from the lakeside path.

Note: Access to the western shore (protected area) and parts of the southern shore (fishing club) is prohibited!

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Scattered trees and bushes


Flat , Slippery

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Spring

Best time to visit



Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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