Countryside along the German Clock Route
Countryside along the German Clock Route ©Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dt. Uhrenstrasse c/o MTVS GmbH, Villingen-Schwenningen
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The German Clock Route

A brief history of time in the Black Forest

Do you want to find out more about how time is measured? Then this is the route for you! On the approximately 320 km circular German Clock Route, which runs from Villingen-Schwenningen from Triberg – St. Peter – Lake Titisee and then back to Villingen-Schwenningen, you will experience enchanting countryside and find out more about the history of time, its keepers and what lies in store for the future.

The German Clock Route runs through some of Germany's most picturesque, striking countryside: the Black Forest and Baar region. On this route, you will follow the trail of the Black Forest's most famous clock-face makers and will be greeted by one interesting museum after another, as well as a multitude of enchanting sights and attractions where you can find out more about the Black Forest Clock. There's no better way to experience the Black Forest!

Here every clock has a tale to tell

Factories, workshops and sign painters' studios give visitors a fascinating insight into the day-to-day lives of clockmakers. Here you will get a real sense of just how strongly the Black Forest has been influenced, and continues to be influenced today, by its clock making heritage. You will also get an overview of international time measurement and by the end, it will be very clear that the cuckoo clock, the symbol of the Black forest, has lost none of its fascinating allure.

In the land of the clockmakers

Whilst you're here, you really should see the world's biggest cuckoo clock in Triberg (near Schönberg), which made it into the Guinness Book of Records at more than 15 m high. No-one really knows for sure when the first clock was made in the Black Forest but one thing is for certain: since the wooden foliot clock was first made in Waldau in 1667, the clock has gone through myriad incarnations.

The rich diversity of Black Forest Clocks

Trumpeter clocks, flute clocks, picture clocks, watchclocks, sundials, atomic clocks, exquisite pendulum clocks and kitchen clocks, double bell alarm clocks and even modern quartz and radio-controlled clocks were, and still are, produced here.

If time is not running short...

Factory tours and a chance to grab a bargain can be found almost everywhere. Discover the unique Black Forest landscape and its lush mountain meadows, dark-green forests, old half-timbered towns, picturesque villages, quaint Black Forest farmhouses and their typical wooden shingled roofs. Even the Black Forest gateau and traditional costume are distinctive: both are black and white with red spheres on top! Here time really is on the side of those who know how to make the most of it.

German Clock Route

Length: approximately 320 km

Theme: clocks and history, countryside and culture

Furtwangen: largest cuckoo clock, the "witch's hole mill" (Hexenlochmühle), the source of the Danube
Rottweil: castle ruins, minster, museums
Schramberg: Hohenschramberg Castle, museums, park
St. Georgen: St. Lawrence Church (Lorenzkirche), museums, Black Forest railway (Schwarzwaldbahn)
St. Märgen: abbey museum, church, nature experience trail (Natur-Erlebnispfad)
St. Peter: abbey, Black Forest farmhouses and mills, the Kandelhöhenweg trail
Titisee-Neustadt: Lake Titisee, Märklin World, the Gutachtalbrücke bridge
Triberg: highest waterfalls, high ropes course,
Trossingen: German Harmonica Museum (Deutsches Harmonikamuseum), stock car racing track
Villingen-Schwenningen: old quarter, minster, museums
Waldkirch: Kastellburg Castle, precious stone grindery, the Elztal Museum

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