Wedeler Marsch & Hetlinger Marsch

Schleswig-Holstein  >  Germany

Great place for wetland and grassland birds, including a superb visitor center, where birds (including rarities) can be observed up-close.

Added* by Mathieu Waldeck
Most recent update 12 February 2020


On the northern side of the dike wide grassland plains offer great feeding opportunities to thousands of Geese (especially Barnacle Goose), ducks, raptors and waders. On the southern side of the dyke, waders, gulls and White-tailed Eaglecan be found along the shoreline of the Elbe, feeding in the mudflats. Bird migration here can be great, several rare species breed here and the observation situation at "NABU Vogelstation Wedeler Marsch" is phenomenal, often including rarities and scarcities.



Much of the area is closed off to cars. Either you drive to "Fährmannssand" or "Hetlinger Schanze", where you can park your car or you take the subway "S1" until the station "Wedel" and then walk/take the bike.

A bike can be of great use, as the conditions are optimal and you can cover much more ground.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland , Grassland , Plain , Mud flats , Reedbeds


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Autumn


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The visitor center "NABU Vogelstation Wedeler Marsch" (formerely Carl Zeiss Vogelstation) offers awesome observation conditions, but is always open. You can find opening times here: https://hamburg.nabu.de/natur-und-landschaft/carl-zeiss-vogelstation/index.html

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