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The Cuckoo Clocks Route in the Black Forest

Even in winter, the German Clock Route is a fascinating journey to take. The Clock Route is a 320 km circular road that begins and ends in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen, Baden-Württemberg. A road that crosses the magnificent landscapes of the Black Forest and the Medieval Baar county, and that in its unfolding between forests, rivers and castles touches some towns renowned for cuckoo clocks manufacturing and the presence of artisans who have created actual “time marking” works of art.

The Clock Route crosses some towns, such as Furtwangen, Rottweil, Schonach, Waldkirch and Titisee where, besides the clocks factories, there are also many laboratories and workshops of the best cuckoo clocks makers in this area.

In these ancient towns with half-timbered houses, where most of the shop signs are still in wrought iron, you will find wonderful traditional items, as Bollenhuts, typical ladies’ hats, but also many cuckoo clocks in the weirdest shapes, with handmade decorations and lovely animated characters alternating on the hour.

Among the not-to-be-missed pieces and places: the world’s largest cuckoo clock in Schonach; the clock museum in Furtwangen with a rich collection of time measuring devices; the Elztal Museum in Waldkirch, the main center for the manufacturing of mechanisms for very scenic musical instruments; the Museum of Clock Industry in Schwenningen, housed in an old factory; in Triberg, on the road that runs along River Gutach, there’s a very amusing and imaginative open-air cuckoo clock museum, but also the Schwarzwald Museum, a beautiful museum about the history of this region and its handicrafts.

In addition to being an interesting journey, the Clock Route is also suitable for those traveling with children, as it is a natural and cultural trail of incredible beauty. In the centre of Villingen-Schwenningen is a splendid Gothic cathedral with towering spires; near the village of Sankt Peter, you can admire beautiful landscapes from a panoramic road; on the way towards Triberg, in a valley between mountains, you are likely to meet animals such as deer and wild boars; in Vogtsbauernhof you can walk along an easy path up to the highest waterfall in Germany, noted for its seven jumps in the middle of the forest.

Along the Clock Route you will find hotels, inns and guesthouses where to sleep, taverns and restaurants where to eat local specialties, including smoked ham and beef grown in the wild, but also streamed trout. And of course, great wines, such as Gutedel, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Muskateller and Traminer.

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