Bird observation tower on southern shore of reservoir Lutz Koch
The Golden Aue stretches across the northern reaches of the Kyffhäuser Nature Park. The Kelbra reservoir, built as flood protection, lies in the triangle formed by the municipalities of Kelbra, Berga and Auleben. Not just the 600-hectare water surface but the vast reed beds and grasslands too offer ideal conditions for more than 300 species of birds. In autumn thousands of cranes rest here before heading off on their long migratory flights. This area, an internationally important breeding and resting ground, has been declared a European bird sanctuary.
Enter the world of the cranes, gulls and white-tailed eagles. You'll find bird observation structures at the shore of the lake created by the damming of the river Helme in Kelbra.
On the southern edge of the Kelbra reservoir the three-meter-high viewing platform offers the best conditions for observing the up to 30,000 cranes that stop by in autumn to rest up for their long flight to southern wintering quarters.
On the south side very close to the main entrance to the campground on the Kelbra reservoir
On the south side very close to the main entrance to the campground on the Kelbra reservoir. Many free parking spaces next to the main entrance.
Crane Observation Tower Lutz Koch