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Access to Vilsalpsee

For private cars, access is only permitted until 8 a.m. and from 5 p.m. in the afternoon.

The 16 square kilometre nature and bird sanctuary offers an extremely rare richness of species for Central Europe. The flora alone comprises more than 700 plants, some of which are very rare, and many of the animals native to Vilsalpsee, such as alpine salamanders and earth toads, have long been threatened with extinction elsewhere. Therefore, a driving ban applies to motor vehicles in both directions in the time from 8 am to 5 pm. Please note that there is an absolute ban on parking and stopping on the entire access road to Vilsalpsee.

From May 2024, a user fee of € 5 must be paid at the exit from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Where to go by car?
Please park your car in the car parks P1, P2, P3 ,P4 and Parking Schmieden in Tannheim.

Please observe the "rules of the game", which are summarised in our information sheet.


From Monday, 20.09.2021 there are officially imposed traffic calming changes for the access to the nature reserve Vilsalpsee.

  • Driving ban for motor vehicles in both directions in the time from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.
  • Public transport runs even more regularly to the nature reserve. In addition, three new bus connections Tannheim/roundabout - Vilsalpsee 8:00 am/8:30 a.m./9:00 a.m. Vilsalpsee - Tannheim/roundabout 8:10 a.m./ 8:40 a.m./ 9:10 a.m. Ticket available in the bus
  • The Tannheimer Alpenexpress also starts at 8:00 a.m. from Tannheim to the Vilsalpsee. Ticket available from the driver.

People with walking disabilities can get a ticket for the return trip with their own car upon presentation of their valid disabled person's ID card with the symbol "G" and "H" on the back. Ticket available during opening hours in the information office in Tannheim and on the municipality of Tannheim. 

Coaches get only one entry/exit ticket with reservation confirmation (only with consumption) of the Café Bistro Haubentaucher.