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Schluchsee – Highest Reservoir Lake in Germany

This resort town draws many visitors to enjoy the water sports offered by the lake. The reservoir lake from which this town gets its name lies 930 meters above sea level, making it the highest reservoir in the country. It is also the largest lake in the Black Forest. Because of its high elevation, the water remains cool even during the hot summer months. Although created by the use of a dam, the lake appears natural. It sits upon the location of a natural glacier lake that is now about 30 meters lower than the current lake. The dam, which is 63.5 meters high, was built between 1929 and 1932, and impounded the river Schwarza.

Location: Lake Town Amidst the Black Forest

Located in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald in Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany, this town lies on the shores of the Schluchsee reservoir lake. It is in the midst of the Black Forest region, and it is easily accessible by train. Visitors can easily reach it by automobile, as it is close to the B500 national highway.

Culture: St. Nicholas—without a Beard?

Many buildings from the town, including houses and a chapel, were flooded when the dam was built, and divers can still see these old buildings underwater. Parts of the local Catholic Church, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, are from the older church, including the tower built in 1275. There is also a beautiful ornately carved wooden winged altar that dates from 1896. It presents a relief of Saint Nicholas without a beard, an odd sight, and there is also a statue of a beardless St. Nick. During the summer months, a historic steam train takes visitors from Löffingen, Titisee, Feldberg, Schluchsee, and Seebrugg.

Activities: Enjoy the Lake and the nearby Black Forest

The lake is a popular destination for sailing, fishing, and swimming. Almost all of its shorelines are easily accessible, allowing ample room for visitors to come and enjoy the water. The area, including the entire 18-kilometer shoreline, has many walking trails. The picturesque views of the surrounding area delight visitors, and even casual walkers can enjoy many of the trails. There are also boat trips from May to October along the lake. The nearby Black Forest also provides many hiking and cycling opportunities.