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Glacial lake with and open wetland. More than 250 different bird species have been seen in the area.

Added* by Garry Hayman
Most recent update 24 August 2020


The Kochelsee is a picturesque lake that nestles against the northern edge of the Alps and is bordered by mountain forests, moors and green spaces. So many different habitats naturally also attract birds. The Loisach river flows into the Kochelsee, which also gives its name to the nearby Loisach-Kochelsee moors. Over 250 species of birds have already been identified in this area - 80 of them breed regularly. Since the lake is located directly on the Alps, numerous migratory birds gather here, especially when the flying weather is rather bad. The Kochelsee is 66 m deep and has a circumference of around 15 km. It is a great lake for wintering ducks and the surrounding wetland fields are great for herons & egrets.



The birds are best observed from the various tourist boat piers, the parking off B11 & the town of Schlehdorf. You can also walk or cycle around the lake, which is about a 15 km hike (see the map).

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Lake , River


Flat , Mountainous , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Bicycle , Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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