The river Enz rises in the northern Black Forest and flows into the river Neckar after about 105 km. The Enz is the tributary with the largest water flow and the longest tributary of the Neckar.
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The Enz rises in Enzklösterle, in the northern Black Forest. From there it flows through two large natural areas (the northern Black Forest and Gäuland) as well as numerous rural and urban districts (including Calw, Enzkreis, Pforzheim and Ludwigsburg).
With a length of 105 kilometers, it is the longest left tributary of the Neckar into which it flows northeast of Besigheim near Walheim.
The Enz is fed by numerous tributaries on its way. For example, the Nagold, which is 91 kilometers long, flows into the Enz in Pforzheim. From the Auer bridge in Godlstadt, the play of colors at the union of the waters can be admired.
In its lower section, the river forms an ideal habitat for many species of plants and animals typical of flowing waters due to its typical riparian structures. The Enz also provides a home for rare and endangered species that live in or near the water all year round. A number of migratory birds also find an ideal place to pass through here.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, the Enz was a transport route for economic goods that should not be underestimated. Among other things, rafting transported goods over the Enz, the Neckar, and the Rhine all the way to the Netherlands.
Today the Enz is a popular place for water sports. In the upper reaches, especially white-water canoeing can be done. Stand-up paddling is also possible. In some places, however, water sports are prohibited for environmental protection.