On the way to my holiday destination I ended up at the Rothsee in Bavaria. Near the A9. You can park close by. The lake is divided into two parts with a piece of nature reserve. In this area you can find a large colony of Grey Heron. Other birds you can see around the Rothsee are Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Grey Heron, Black Redstart, Marsh Tit, Mistle Thrush, Red-backed Shrike, Black Woodpecker, Great Tit, Common Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Black Kite and Yellowhammer.
By Car: Leave the motorway A 9 at the exit 55 "Allersberg" and follow the signposts towards "Hilpoltstein". Shortly afterwards you come to a roundabout, take here the third exit. After another 3 kilometers you reach the junction to "Kronmühle". For approaching the first car park turn here right.
A second car park is situated 2 km south of that junction and is signed as "Seezentrum". Generally, all car parks are just in the winter for free.
Terrain and HabitatLake, Grassland, Scattered trees and bushes, Reedbeds
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitWinter, Autumn, Autumn migration, Spring migration
RouteUnpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
There is an information pavilion of the State Association for Bird Protection (LBV). In summer and winter, in spring and autumn, interested visitors can now get tips and information. Various display boards provide information.
The Rothsee is one of the better places in the area for resting water birds in winter (up to 3000 in October / November), including often rarer species ( Greater Scaup, Velvet Scoter and divers). Plus, almost anything can pop up during the migratory season - when the water level is low and the mud banks are exposed, waders find perfect conditions. In recent years, the Rothsee has attracted a huge list of rarities, notably terns (annual Caspian Tern and Arctic Tern , but extremely rare species such as the Lesser Crested Tern are also observed) and waders ( Purple Sandpiper, Red Knot and others).
Furthermore, the most interesting parts of the site are the main lake (there is an observation pavilion on the southwestern shore) and the dam between the two lakes).