Today as Millions of tourists
visit each year Germany special places getting more and more their
favourites. Among them the Black Forest ranks as one of the oldest
The Black Forest is beside the Bavarian Forest
the largest low mountain range of Germany. It is particularly famous
for its expanded forests, valleys, little cities and nature-left
rivers. Almost each village is an air health resort. But not only
the environment gives the Black Forest its fascination – it´s
one product that made this area so famous: the Black Forest Cuckoo
This little summary about some major attractions
should give you an overview of places to visit. A more deeper view
you will get by visiting the links at the end of this overview.
You can start your "Journey around the Clock"
at many places, for example in St. Märgen or St. Peter with
their Baroque monasteries. Even Waldkirch, though situated in the
Breisgau, is a clock-making town with a long tradition. Today more
and more travel agencies are organizing tours along the Cuckoo Clock
Route. Almost 300 kilometers takes you through beautiful sceneries
of the Black Forest. Like pearls on a string you find such lovely
places as Triberg, Furtwangen, St. Märgen, Eisenbach or Titisee-Neustadt.
And to the expert names like Waldau, Schönwald or Villingen-Schwenningen
also ring familiar.
13.000 miles of paths across the Black Forest available
for hiking correspond almost to the half earth scope. The "Titisee"
– one major attraction within the Black Forest area - is one
of the most beautiful lakes of the Black Forest and frequently visited.
Additionally here the traditional handicraft - particularly the
carving - are maintained until today. North of the black forest
is Heidelberg, the romantic city at the river Neckar. The highest
mountain of the black forest is the "Feldberg". It is
frequently visited by holiday-makers and guests, not because of
its height of 1493 meters, but for its great tree-free position
in the midst of low-green forests.
The town of Furtwangen has now been the center
of the Black Forest Clock area for a long time. Today its clock
museum has gained a world-wide reputation. The by far largest collection
of old German clocks has its origin in the clock-makers´ school
that was established here in the 19th century. The first headmaster
was Robert Gerwig. This man set himself a lasting monument with
the Black Forest Railway initiated by him. In 1852 Gerwig urged
people to keep and collect the old hand-carved wooden clocks. By
this he brought together the first pieces of the Furtwangen collection
which consists of more than 4.000 clocks today.
Schönwald – an other beautiful holiday
retreat, where the inventor of the first cuckoo clock Franz Kellerer
lived, is only a few miles away. The oldest clock factory in the
world is located there, and it was here too that the cuckoo clock
was invented in 1733. Not far away, in Schonach, the world's two
largest cuckoo clocks are on display and, in Furtwangen, the world's
largest collection of historical clocks can be seen at the German
Clock Museum. Mr Kellerer succeeded in imitating the cry of the
cuckoo with the help of two different sounding whistles –
the main technique still in use in every cuckoo clock. The name
of Triberg is directly connected to the waterfall nearby. Right
at the entrance to the falls you will wittness every morning a lot
of squirrels waiting for a second breakfast. This picturesque town
owns an other attraction: the only cuckoo clock-maker, who actually
produces the complete clock consisting of clockwork, house and carving
lives there – and if you are lucky you can see him working.
Another attraction is the Black Forest Museum in Triberg. You should
not miss the largest collection of grind-organs in Europe as well
as the impressive collection of antique Black Forest Clocks. The
museum is located above the entrance to the waterfalls.
If you still are following the route up past Hornberg
you will reach Schramberg - the five valley town - and home of another
famous Germany company, Junghans. The reputation of this firm is
based on the world famous product they still produces: the radio
controlled wrist-watch. By the way - you should not miss the large
collection of industrial clocks in the town museum. The well chosen
examples of former methods of production and working conditions
give the visitor some interesting information on the social and
economical history of this area.
Along the German Clock Route "Deutschen Uhrenstraße"
more and more little nice towns like Lauterbach, Tennenbronn and
Schramberg are situated and provide visitors with an insight into
the history of German clocks. Especially Königsfeld which is
800 meters above sea-level, is favoured by guests as it provides
about 200 kilometers of almost plain walking paths in an wounderful
Next stop – only a few kilometers away from
Königsfeld - is Villingen-Schwenningen. The city also plays
an important part in the Black Forest Cuckoo Clock history. Particularly
the district of Schwenningen was formerly regarded as the biggest
clock-making town of the world. You really should not miss the two
museums with their different collections of clocks. If you are interested
in the history of the alarm-clock you should certainly have a look
at the early examples of industrial clocks located in the former
Bürk-Factory. One Highlight of your journey along the Route
of the Clock will be for sure in the village Eisenbach. Johann Baptist
Beha built there his famous table cuckoo clocks. His world time
clock from 1865 which is proudly cared for by his descendants can
be viewed in the hotel "Bad". Beside that Tourists will
have during their journey along the route many possibilities to
have a look at close details of the world of cuckoo clocks.
Finally you will arrive back in the area around Titsee-Neustadt
which is said to be the actual cradle of the Black Forest Clock.
Here is the home of the famous "Jockele" or "Sorg"
clocks - the favourite pieces of every collector. If you want to
know more about other vendors like Herr, Dold and Hönes please
have a look under the button “Vendors” on the website.
You want to know more about the Black
Forest Area? Than please fell free to check out the links listed
| Links (all with English