The River Nagold

The Nagold is a 92 km-long river in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It originates in the Northern Black Forest and it flows into the river Enz in the centre of Pforzheim.
From its source at Urnagold (community of Seewald) it first of all flows in an eastern direction until it turns north at the town of Nagold. From there on, the Nagold valley basically marks the eastern boundary of the Black Forest. Its main tributaries are the Waldach, the Teinach and the Würm.

Between Pforzheim and the town of Nagold, the river valley can be accessed using the Nagold valley railway line (Kulturbahn).

Following the traces of the Raftsmen

As early as in the middle ages, the river Nagold was a major trade route and the lifeline of the Northern Black Forest. The abundant timber of the Northern Black Forest was rafted to the Netherlands via the Nagold, the Enz, the Neckar and the Rhine. It was only when the Nagold valley railway line (1868 – 1874) and the state road from Calw to Pforzheim were built that the trade route was moved from the water to rail and road. In 1911, the last timber raft floated down the Nagold. The rafting museum in Unterreichenbach still bears witness to this cultural era.

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