The Schluchsee is Germany's highest reservoir (930 metres above sea level), formed from a natural glacial lake by the construction of a dam in 1932. It is the largest lake in the Black Forest; 7.3km long, 1.4 km wide, and some 18 foot-blistering km of shoreline.
Alamanicus knows that it's foot-blistering because he walked it one weekend in May. He wasn't intending to, but Mrs Alamanicus lulled him into thinking he was just going on a short walk to take a peek at the dam, and before he knew it they were already half way round. He did get treated to an ice-cream at the Unterkrummenhof restaurant (if you know German you can read some reviews of the Unterkrummenhof), and the beach just below it (pictured above) was a great picnic spot, so on the whole, Alamanicus was footsore but not too disappointed with the deal.
The lake is a little over 50km south east of Freiburg, well into the Black Forest. There are a number of places to park in the village of Aha and the town of Schluchsee on the northern side of the lake, though most of them charge. We found a free car park at the south eastern end of Schluchsee town, the other side of the road from the Strandcafe Schluchsee, near Schluchsee train station.
The hamlet of Seebrugg at the south eastern end of the lake, close to the dam, is the end of the line for the Three Lakes Railway, which also stops along the Schluchsee at stations in Aha and Schluchsee town. This scenic rail journey gets its name from the fact that it serves the lakes of Titisee, Windgfällweiher, and Schluchsee. The Three Lakes Railway connects at Titisee with the Höllentalbahn (literally "Hell Valley Railway" - and with a name like that you just know ol' Alamanicus is going to be riding that puppy just as soon as he can) that runs between Freiburg im Breisgau and Donaueschingen.