Niedersachsen  >  Germany

Salt marshes, mudflats and inland dykes, some ponds and scattered bushes.

Added* by Andreas Michalik
Most recent update 24 February 2022
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Varelerhafen is a great area for bird watching, but the birds can usually only be observed from a great distance. However, there are a few ways to get closer to some birds. In the case of high water, waders gather in the ponds. The salt marshes themselves can be attractive to raptors and there are occasional aggregations of up to four harrier species in late summer. Among them was the Pallid Harrier fairly regularly in recent years. Other rarities observed in the area include Golden Eagle and Great Knot.



You can either park your car at the Varelerhafen or at the Waperlersiel. From there you can walk to the observation areas. The inland dike paths are in poor condition, but can be driven on in part, even if the passage between Wapelersiel and Varelerhafen is only possible for pedestrians and cyclists.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Plain , Scattered trees and bushes , Sea


Flat , Slippery , Swampy , Open landscape , High water possible

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration , Autumn migration


Paved road , Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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