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A French Cuckoo-Palace is now available

Published: 08/12/2016

Especially for our French speaking friends, we created a new place to go: With larger pictures and attractive offers,  https://www.cuckoopalace.fr/ is now ready for clients from France a who love authentic, high quality cuckoo clocks directly from the German Black Forest. We are looking forward to your visit.


The Cuckoo-Palace speaks Italian now!

Published: 08/12/2016

Especially for our Italian speaking friends, we created a new place to go: With larger pictures and attractive offers, https://www.cuckoopalace.it/ is now ready for clients from Italy a who love authentic, high quality cuckoo clocks directly from the German Black Forest. We are looking forward to your visit.


Cuckoo-Palace now available in Spanish as well!

Published: 06/30/2016

Especially for our Spanish speaking clients, we created a new place to go: With larger pictures and attractive offers, https://www.cuckoopalace.es is now ready for clients from Spain and South America who value authentic, high quality cuckoo clocks directly from the Black Forest. We are looking forward to your visit.


Winterwonderland Black Forest

Published: 11/18/2015

© Hinterzarten Breitnau Tourismus GmbH

© Hinterzarten Breitnau Tourismus GmbH

The Black Forest is not only worth a trip for its marvelous clock making traditions. The region in south-west Germany is one of the most popular destinations for German and foreign tourists alike.

While summer time scores with lush forests and deep green meadows, the winter transforms the Black Forest into a magical Winter wonder land. Since its higher position in the mountains, snow is basically guaranteed during the winter months. Fans of the outdoors are offered a vast number of fun activities.

A favorite of many are winter hikes through the breath taking nature. The tourist information of the Black Forest offers a large scale of prepared tours. From short and sweet hikes to long tours, everyone can find their match. Many routes can be combined with a hearty meal or a stop for sleighing.

If you’re more into fast activities, the Black Forest won’t disappoint you either. 250km for alpine and 1700km for cross country skiiers offer almost endless possibilities. If you’re new to winter sports, there are several schools that can not wait to teach you how to ski or snowboard. In case you already are a Pro, you should check out the ski-jumps and the free ride slopes.

© STG

© STG

After the sun has set behind the mountains, the Christmas magic really starts in the Black Forest. The already neat cities and villages are brightened up by bright lights and create a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy mullet wine and local treats in.

A very special Christmas market is the one of the Ravenna canyon. The highly romantic market makes the canyon being illuminated with lights. Concerts and other cultural events take place there during the four weekends leading towards Christmas. There is even the possibility to visit the market in the line of a torch hike – a dreamlike experience.

If you only make it tot he Black Forest the days after Christmas, the ‚Christmas Magic of Triberg’ (December 25th to 30th) is definitely a must. A million lights illuminate the city during the darkest days oft he year. The spectacle is topped by a breath taking fire show and fire works around the famous water falls of Triberg.

Enjoy the combination of nature, culture and cozyness, which makes the Black Forest so wonderful during winter. We promise you won’t regret it and have a marvelous Christmas time in Cuckoo Clock country.


Who invented the Cuckoo Clock?

Published: 07/21/2015

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© Black Forest

The cuckoo clock belongs to the Black Forest just like the famous ham and the Bollen hat. Hardly anyone travels the region without purchasing one of the special clocks as a souvenir. Strictly speaking, the Cuckoo clock is not an invention of the Black Forest region, though. It was there where it received its present day style and became world famous.

Clock production has a long history in the Black Forest and started already way before the introduction of the Cuckoo clock. In the middle of the 17th century, the local clock industry had its beginnings and started to grow. But it is also documented for example that August of Saxonia owned a Cuckoo clock in 1629 already.

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During the 18th century, the clock makers of the Black Forest started to manufcatur Cuckoo clocks as well. Inseperably connected with that developemtn is for example the name of Franz Ketterer of Schönwald. He was one of the first Black Forestians to design and construct a clock with a cuckoo. They were more like regular clocks though, equipped with a cuckoo call.

A competion in the mid-19th century brought the distinctive design that the Cuckoo clocks are famous for. The competition was won by architect Friedrich Eisenlohr with the design of a rail road house. His typical house design was developed into todays chalet clocks and carved clocks, the two most popular types of Cuckoo clocks.

The invention of the Cuckoo clocks is more a development that took two centuries and included several influences. The original Cuckoo clocks are inseperably linked tot he Black Forest today. When purchasing a Cuckoo clock, it is important to make sure that it is an authentic product from the Black Forest, recognizable because of the Vds-certificate. This gives you a guarantee that you purchase not an inferior plagiarism but an item of quality and value.


Exhibition and election for the Black Forest Clock of the Year

Published: 01/06/2015

The winner of 2009 by August Schwer

The winner of 2009 by August Schwer

Until January 16th 2015, you have the chance to vote for the Black Forest Clock of the Year. The clocks are exposed at the brewery of Rothaus in Grafenhausen/Black Forest. 14 different models from seven different manufacturers are shown: Traditional clocks as well as modern ones.

At the end of the guided tour through the brewery, the visitors end up at the Zäpfle-Bar, where the clocks are exposed. The audience hast he possibility to watch the clocks closely and soak in all the little lovely details. An empty beer barrel serves as a ballot box. After the exhibition has ended on January 16th, the votes are counted and the winner is presented in a special ceremony.

Fans oft he Black Forest clock do have some more days to check out these special clocks and to vote for their favorite.


Old Traditions – Christmas in the Black Forest

Published: 12/03/2014

Triberger Weihnachtszauber

Christmas Magic in Triberg

Just like most regions have their own rituals, there are special Christmas traditions in the Black Forest as well. Sometimes, they have their origin in religion, but some are also century old habits that are passed on from generation to generation.

It is especially the nights between Christmas eve and Epiphany that are important. These twelve nights, also known as ‚Raunächte’, are nights where to ghosts are said to be especially active. This is why people sometimes still put candy outside, so that the ghosts are becalmed. Also, the twelve days and nights have the function of an outlook on the coming year – each day stands for one month. The weather on a certain day represents the weather for the respective month, for example. Also it is important to have a close look at your dreams during these nights, since they are supposed to describe the upcoming year as well. Medical herbs have a stronger effect during the Raunächte – caused by the strong connection to the other side. As you can tell, the twelve days of Christmas are very special in the Black Forest.

There are some other habits that are cause by old legends, too: The Black Forest farmers don’t go see their animals in the barn on Christmas eve, for example. It says that the animals talk to each other in the Holy night. Also, you should not wash your laundry between Christmas and the twelfth day – you are risking to ‚wash a person out of your life’ by that.

There are other beautiful traditions that have been lasting up until today, that make Christmas in the Black Forest a very special one: One of them is the ‚Triberger Weihnachtszauber’ (Christmas Magic in Triberg). The whole area around the world famous waterfalls is illuminated by more than one million lights. Another beautiful event is Christmas Eve in Freudenstadt: The whole city gathers and sets torches and wood piles on fire – which causes the whole valley to illuminated.

Source: http://www.schwarzwald-netz.com/168/Schwarzwald-Geschichte/Sagen-im-Schwarzwald-Weihnachten.html

Picture by TWZ Event GmbH.


A little piece of the Black Forest in South America – Colonia Tovar

Published: 11/03/2014

Chalet_en_la_Colonia_TovarWhat  do the Black Forest and South America have in common? More than you might think, and at least one city. In Venezuela, there is a city that looks like it was packed up in the Black Forest and unpacked in South America. The name of the city is Colonia Tovar.

In 1842, 392 inhabitants of the Kaiserstuhl-area, which is located at the border oft he Black Forest, decided to try their fortune in South America. They emigrated to Venezuela and settled in an area that had similar climate conditions like their home region. The town of Colonia Trovar was founded, and it was built according to German traditions: Half-timbered houses, schools and churches were designed in the traditional Black Forest way. German songs and poems were given from generation to generation, and the regional dialect of southwest Germany is still spoken by the elderly. The city was isolated from the rest of the country due to lack of useable roads.

Since roads were constructed in the midth if the 20th century, the city has become a popular destination for tourists.

The traditions are well taken care of : The cuisine is still influenced by Germany and specialities oft he town are sausage, beer and of course Black Forest cake. Octoberfest is celebrated annually, as well as typical south German carnival. Ando f course, you can find our beloved cuckoo clocks there as well – they are still manufactured there and very popular with tourists.

If you’re in need for break  of south america during your travels, you might want to consider a stop in little Germany – and enjoy a little piece of home faraway from home.


The railway house clock – the mother of all Cuckoo Clocks

Published: 10/28/2014

Antique replica clock with 8-day-movement by Rombach & Haas

Railway house clock with 8-day-movement by Rombach & Haas

An important milestone in the history of clock making in the Black Forest is the invention of the railway house clock, or Bahnhäusle Uhr in German.

Railway house clock with 8-day-movement by Rombach & Haas

Railway house clock with 8-day-movement by Rombach & Haas

But how did this design came into being? It has its origin in a design competition in 1850. The principal oft he clockmaker school in Furtwangen, Robert Gerwig, called for a competition to develop a new, contemporary clock design.  The winner oft he competition was Friedrich Eisenlohr, who worked as an architect for a railroad company. His inspiration were the houses of the gatekeeper of the railways. He added a clock face to transform it into a clock. With this simple, yet genius idea, he influences the look of clocks up until today. They were the base for the rich decorated carved Cuckoo clocks that are wold famous today which were invented a little later.

You can still buy the traditional railway house clocks today. Although most people think of carved clocks when they think of cuckoo clocks, there are manufacturers such as Rombach & Haas who also produce clocks with the original design up until today.


The Schluchtensteig – a fascinating hiking trail through the depths of the Black Forest

Published: 07/09/2014

Foto: Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Foto: Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

A very characteristic destination for tourists in the Black Forest is the so called Schluchtensteig. It is a 120km long hiking trail that leads you from Stühlingen to Wehr, usually in six legs. These legs are between 18 and 22km long and doable for anybody in reasonable shape – the trail is even adequate for children. The deep wild canyons are the most fascinating part oft he Black Forest and are the main focus on this tour. Foamy froth, roaring waterfalls and all this surrounded by the sounds of the forest: If you really want to escape your daily routine, you should dive in into this part of the Black Forest. The trail is accessible from May to November, it is dangerous once it snows or freezes. Some parts are narrow and steep and get slippery quickly.

Foto: Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Foto: Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

The six legs lead you through canyons and viewpoints alike, where it is possible to take a look at the huge dimensions of the Black Forest. Wutachcanyon, The Schleifenbach falls, Haslachcanyon, Hohwehracanyon and Wehratalcanyon are all parts oft he 120km long trail. If you want to discover the rustic beauty of the Black Forest, the Schluchtensteig is definitely for you. Some impressions of thsi tour can be see in the following video:


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