Zwillbrocker Venn

Border Netherlands - Germany  >  Germany

​The Zwillbrocker Venn is a nature reserve on the border of Germany and The Netherlands. Famous for it's breeding Greater Flamingo population.

Added* by Remko Harbers
Most recent update 28 March 2023


More than a hundred different bird species breed in the nature reserve. The Zwillbrocker Venn is home to the largest Black-headed Gull colony in Germany, with around 15,000 counted birds. It is also the most northerly located breeding ground for a colony of Greater Flamingo. Also Chilean Flamingo breed in the area. This colony of Chilean Flamingo once started with feral birds that have escaped from captivity.



For the starting point for the Zwillbrocker Venn hiking route, park at Hotel zum Kloppendiek, in Zwillbrock (Germany) just across the border from the dutch town of Groenlo. You can walk to the observation hide Zwillbrocker Venn Ost and observation hide Zwillbrocker Venn West.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer


Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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