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 HabitatWetland, Grassland, Plain, Mud flats, Reedbeds
ConditionsFlat, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring, Autumn
RoutePaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
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
Schnaakenmoor in Hamburgs west is easily accessible and offers totally different birding, with many forest specialties.