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What is Black Forest about?
The Black Forest consists of a cover of sandstone on top of a core of granites.

The forest mostly consists of pines and firs, a mixture of the European native Norway Spruce and American imported Douglas Fir and White Pine.

The main industry is tourism. In addition to the towns and monuments noted below, the Black Forest is crossed by numerous long distance footpaths.

Hiking in the Black Forest has a long tradition. The Schwarzwaldverein, or Black Forest Association, has maintained a network of hiking trails for more than 140 years, in order to make the beauties of nature accessible to locals and tourists.

And you don't have to start off with a complete long-distance hiking trail with a length of more than 200 km - there are countless local circular hiking trails with a great variety of lengths and levels of difficulty.
The total network of tracks amounts to around 23,000 km. Black Forest is also source of the Danube and Neckar rivers.

This photo shows a small biotope from the forest area south of Schluchsee, which is with its height of 930 m above sea level the highest water reservoir in Germany and also the largest lake in the Black Forest.

The Schluchsee is part of the Schluchsee hydropower station complex which has a number of reservoirs of different heights linked by pumping stations with average power generating capacity of 500MW (in 3 stages).

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