The NABU Nature Reserve „Wollmatinger Marsh“, extending over an area of 774 hectare, is the largest nature reserve on the German shore of Lake Constance.
The Wollmatinger Marsh is near the city of Constance where the Upper Lake merges into the Lower Lake. The birdwatching in this area is excellent, away from beach goers yet close to Reichenau Island.
Known for its near-shore reed beds, patchwork meadows and riparian forests, it is the region’s oldest and most renowned nature reserves on the German side of Lake Constance. The conditions support countless animals and plants, a few threatened species and rarely-occurring in their natural habitat. This area is a preferred resting and over-wintering spot for a quarter of all Lake Constance waterfowl. The NABU-Wollmatinger Marsh Nature Conservation Center has been the caring steward of this 767-hectare conservation area for almost 40 years.
The center offers 200 guided tours annually to raise awareness for protecting this sanctuary. Small groups of visitors get to explore the marsh in the company of local experts who are familiar with the bird and plant species native to Lake Constance.
In autumn 2018 the new NABU Lake Constance Center will unite the former Centers in one location offering visitors an exhibit and valuable information.
The NABU Lake Constance Center maintains 27 protected areas including the 1,000-hectare habitat network "Western Untersee.” It also represents the NABU Donau-Bodensee district association.
If you hop on the bike saddle and follow the Lake Constance cycle path towards Radolfzell, you will find pleasant peace within the Wollmatinger Marsh protected area.
Information about the opening hours can be found here.
Free admission to the NABU Lake Constance Center.
Main parts of the nature reserve Wollmatinger Marsh are only accessible with a guided tour. There are some observation platforms which can be accessed without a guided tour. (Details see below)
Great guided tour through the Wollmatinger Ried
Excursions and birdwatching per solar boat around Peninsula Mettnau
Excursions and birdwatching per canoe