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German Clock Route – a history of timepieces from the Black Forest

Schwarzwald: Kuckucksuhr ©DZT (Leungmo)

The German Clock Route is a roughly 320-kilometre loop starting and ending in Villingen-Schwenningen, passing by Triberg Falls, St. Peter's Abbey and Lake Titisee along the way. Visitors can admire the stunning countryside and learn all about the history of timekeeping.

The German Clock Route runs through the most beautifully striking landscapes in the popular holiday destinations of the Black Forest and Baar region. On this route, visitors can follow in the footsteps of the Black Forest's famous clockmakers, with one extremely interesting museum and stunning must-see sight after the other. Where else could you find out more about the clock tradition in the Black Forest? Factories, workshops and studios tell visitors all about their work.

At the heart of this clockmaking region, it soon becomes clear what a huge effect this craft has had, and indeed still does have, on the Black Forest. There's no denying that the cuckoo clock has lost none of its fascinating allure as the symbol of the Black Forest. In fact, visitors making their way from Triberg to Schönberg should make sure they check out the world's largest cuckoo clock. Its height of more than 15 metres has even won it a place in the Guinness World Records.

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