Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde  >  Germany

The third largest lake in Schleswig-Holstein with many bays rich in water birds, surrounded by rolling deciduous forests.


There are many quiet bays on the Westensee, in which there are large numbers of waterfowl in the winter months. Around 1000 Great Crested Grebe, numerous Tufted Duck and Common Pochard, several hundred Goosander and Common Goldeneye spend the winter here. Up to 300 Whooper Swan and 2000 Greater White-fronted Goose spend the night on the lake. Great numbers of Great Egret also fly in in the evening (up to 100). On the spring migration, the Little Gull are particularly noticeable (up to 3000 on good days), also many Black Tern. Unfortunately, waders do not stop here, but regularly pull along here. In the reed belts around the lake, ponds, Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Bluethroat and Water Rail breed. About 10-15 pairs of Common Kingfisher live here. White-tailed Eagle and Osprey can be seen hunting on a regular basis. The Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Black Woodpecker, Eagle Owl and Pied Flycatcher breed in the surrounding forests. Common Nightingale, Bearded Tit and Great Reed Warbler can unfortunately only be heard occasionally at the Westensee.



Access possible from different sides. The Wroher Bay, the Westenseer Bay and the Hohenhuder Bay are particularly worthwhile. From Felde there are good overview points over the whole lake. For walking around the whole lake the distance is too big (25 km), but perfect for bicycle. 

Terrain and Habitat

Forest, Wetland, Lake, Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring


Unpaved road, Paved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

Wildes Moor, Rümlandteich, Vollstedter See, Lagune Aschau.

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Top 5 birds

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