Whether you explore lake Schluchsee on water or on land is up to you - but it is definitely worth
Lake Schluchsee was originally 3 km long and was formed by glaciation in the Feldberg area during the last ice age. The construction of the dam between 1929 and 1932 artificially raised the water level, and the current reservoir is now the largest lake in the Black Forest at 7.5 km long and up to 1.5 km wide.
For those that like to walk or run, there is the Seerundweg, which takes you around the entire lake. The hiking path officially begins at the train station of Schluchsee but you certainly can also start right at the dam.
The 18km path leads along the lakeside, past numerous small beach sections that invite to take a plunge into the refreshing waters during the summer. There are several beautiful viewpoints and of course the occasional place where you can get refreshments such as the Unterkrummenhof or the Hotel Hubertus with its very nice terrace above the lake.
If you think that the 18km around might seem too long, you can also shorten the hike by taking the MS Schluchsee, enjoying a short trip on the water, bringing you back to your starting point at the dam.
And this would also show the other opportunities for you to discover the lake on the water. How about renting a rowing boat right at the dam and go for a paddle?
Whether you feel like bathing, diving, sailing or maybe even stand up paddling - at lake Schluchsee you have all the watersports options. But also for anglers the biggest Black Forest lake is very interesting: not only that it has been one of the cleanest lakes of all of Germany for years now but it also offers a big variety of fish to catch: from trout, pike-perch, carp, pike.