The Wollmatinger Ried has reed beds, meadows and forests close to the shore. The 767 hectare nature reserve is a preferred resting and over-wintering spot for a quarter of all Lake Constance (Bodensee) waterfowl, besides also being an important breeding area.
There are several interesting possibilities to watch birds here:
1) a guided tour into otherwise restricted areas, starting at "Vogelhäusle" (see map), offered by NABU (www.nabu-bodenseezentrum.de).
2) a walk along the "Reichenauer Damm", with an observation tower in the ruins of Schopflen castle ("Ruine Schopflen", see map).
3) a walk along the "Gottlieber Weg" (see map), a 1.3 km long path that is accessible without guided tours.
4) an observation platform located just inside the campsite of Hegne (see map)
Terrain and HabitatForest, Wetland, Lake, Reedbeds, Plain, Mud flats
ConditionsFlat, Swampy, Open landscape, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitAutumn migration, Spring migration, Winter, Summer, Autumn, Spring
RoutePaved road, Narrow trail, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Mindelsee (near Radolfzell)