Schluchsee, Seehotel Hubertus
Situated 930 metres above sea level, Lake Schluchsee is the highest situated reservoir in Germany. Built in the early 1930s, the dam wall increased the lake’s surface by more than threefold, turning Lake Schluchsee into the largest lake in the Black Forest. What used to be a glacial lake is now a reservoir with a water surface of 5.1 square kilometres. Unlike at nearby Lake Titisee, the banks of Lake Schluchsee are often easily accessible, making the lake very popular with swimmers and sailors alike.
There is also a fully developed network of hiking trails surrounding the lake. Even though skinny-dipping is not uncommon, note that the nudist area is situated on the forested banks of the lake only (readers from Britain: please ignore the previous sentence altogether!). If you are more interested in monastic culture than naturism, why not take the bus from Seebrugg to St Blasien to visit the former Benedictine monastery. The domed church is among the largest in Europe, and during the summer a series of international concerts take place in the church (“Internationale Domkonzerte”).
Text: Jan Schwab