Keeping time in the Black Forest – the German Clock Route

Are you interested in how time is measured? Through approximately 300km of beautiful scenery, the German Clock Route will give you a (not so) brief history of time and its many keepers.

The circular tour, which starts and ends at Villingen-Schwenningen, passes through the heart of the Black Forest and the Baar region and is packed with interesting museums and places of interest relate to the Black Forest clock making tradition. Clock factories, clock making workshops and clock-face painting studios all along the route offer visitors an informative insight into their daily work. This route conveys a real sense of just how strongly the Black Forest has been influenced by its clock making tradition and provides an overview of international chronometry – from which it is clear that the cuckoo clock, symbol of the Black forest, has lost none of its fascinating allure. And 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 15m high. But make sure you keep a bit of time free to enjoy the region's culinary delights, such as a hearty piece of Black Forest gammon, a hefty slice of rye bread, washed down by some plum or kirsch schnapps and rounded off with some Black Forest gateau. Take the time to explore this fascinating world of clocks.

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