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Karen Z - DE, United States
05.07.2024
This is my second time purchasing a clock from you. Both times were easy to use your website. I love the fact that literally from purchase day to arriving at my house it only takes like 1 week. Also there is no tax and the shipping is free. I will be buying from you again. If anyone is wondering if they should purchase from you, go ahead you won't regret it. The detail on these clocks is amazing. The sound is awesome, no regrets what's so ever..
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Patty - MO, United States
28.06.2024
I adore my cuckoo clock! My experience with Cuckoo Palace has been excellent. I live in the United States and shipping was fast and easy. My clock was packaged very well and withstood the shipment perfectly. The clock is so beautiful and it brings me joy every time it chimes! I've wanted a cuckoo clock for so long, and thanks to Cuckoo Palace I have a wonderful and authentic clock and I couldn't be happier with it!
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Patty - MO, United States
28.06.2024
I adore my cuckoo clock! My experience with Cuckoo Palace has been excellent. I live in the United States and shipping was fast and easy. My clock was packaged very well and withstood the shipment perfectly. The clock is so beautiful and it brings me joy every time it chimes! I've wanted a cuckoo clock for so long, and thanks to Cuckoo Palace I have a wonderful and authentic clock and I couldn't be happier with it!
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Pam - Cheshire, United Kingdom
24.06.2024
Very happy, the clock was a wedding anniversary present for my husband. We've looked at them many times whilst we've been out and although a more 'home' present and that I'd get the benefit from it too but I thought he may like it . I felt less bad as I spent more than usual but I've been very impressed with it. It arrived in good time before our anniversary, I wasn't sure if I'd ordered in time for this but it arrived days before. On the actual day and since my husband was thrilled with it and it's now on our wall and we both look forward to the hour when the cuckoo comes out to 'sing' to us. :-)
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Karen Z - DE, United States
05.07.2024
This is my second time purchasing a clock from you. Both times were easy to use your website. I love the fact that literally from purchase day to arriving at my house it only takes like 1 week. Also there is no tax and the shipping is free. I will be buying from you again. If anyone is wondering if they should purchase from you, go ahead you won't regret it. The detail on these clocks is amazing. The sound is awesome, no regrets what's so ever..
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Patty - MO, United States
28.06.2024
I adore my cuckoo clock! My experience with Cuckoo Palace has been excellent. I live in the United States and shipping was fast and easy. My clock was packaged very well and withstood the shipment perfectly. The clock is so beautiful and it brings me joy every time it chimes! I've wanted a cuckoo clock for so long, and thanks to Cuckoo Palace I have a wonderful and authentic clock and I couldn't be happier with it!
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Patty - MO, United States
28.06.2024
I adore my cuckoo clock! My experience with Cuckoo Palace has been excellent. I live in the United States and shipping was fast and easy. My clock was packaged very well and withstood the shipment perfectly. The clock is so beautiful and it brings me joy every time it chimes! I've wanted a cuckoo clock for so long, and thanks to Cuckoo Palace I have a wonderful and authentic clock and I couldn't be happier with it!
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Pam - Cheshire, United Kingdom
24.06.2024
Very happy, the clock was a wedding anniversary present for my husband. We've looked at them many times whilst we've been out and although a more 'home' present and that I'd get the benefit from it too but I thought he may like it . I felt less bad as I spent more than usual but I've been very impressed with it. It arrived in good time before our anniversary, I wasn't sure if I'd ordered in time for this but it arrived days before. On the actual day and since my husband was thrilled with it and it's now on our wall and we both look forward to the hour when the cuckoo comes out to 'sing' to us. :-)

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100% Original Black Forest Clocks

The Cuckoo Palace is a partner of some of the most renowned cuckoo clock makers in the German Black Forest.
All of our clocks are 100% Original Black Forest Clocks and all our mechanical clockwork cuckoo clocks have the VDS Certificate of Originality.

Please step inside the Cuckoo-Palace and enjoy our large variety of authentic cuckoo clocks and shield clocks with many highly detailed pictures of each clock, comprehensive product descriptions and a growing archive of videos and sounds of our cuckoo clocks.

The Way to Your Favorite Clock

Cuckoo-Palace offers a large variety of authentic Cuckoo Clocks. You'll find in our large clock range over 900 cocks from the best and most well-known brand in the Black Forest in Germany. We only sell clocks that are "Made in Germany" and ship with UPS Express directly to your door within a few days.

We include for all clocks on sale:

  1. No Sales Tax
  2. Insured Shipment
  3. Free Shipping (for all U.S. based customers)
  4. Instruction Manual
  5. Free Service (Phone & E-Mail)
  6. 24 Month Guarantee
  7. 14 Day Return
  8. World Wide Service Center Support
  9. Every clock we deliver to your home, had a quality check from the workshop (Anton Schneider, Hekas, Trenkle, Rombach & Haas, August Schwer, Hönes, Engstler, Hermle and Cuckoo Palace) for over 24 hours.

We've been in business since 2009, and we've got a good connection to all workshops, so it was possible to create our own Cuckoo-Palace exclusive clocks. With the exclusive Cuckoo-Palace brand, you get the best value for money in clocks.
Of course, we're a part of the Black Forest Clock Association, so we can offer you the whole range of Black Forest clocks and services. With the International Service Stations for Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks, you're able to get help wherever you are.
Find the best clock for you and your home
Finding the best clock for your requirements and wishes could be hard. So, here's a guide on how to find the clock of your choice.

The path to your favorite clock

Part 1: Which style do you want?
Do you want a house-style clock? Take a look at the Chalet clocks. For a more authentic style, we recommend taking a look at the Carved Clocks section. Of course, we have modern clocks or Antique-style ones, too. Just choose the design you like the most.

Part 2: Which clockwork is the best one?
At first, there's no "best" clockwork. Mechanical clockworks are using weights, and Quartz clocks are using batteries. Mechanical clocks don't have any electrical parts inside, and the weights have to wound up every 24 hours to 8 days - depends on the clockwork. You'll find in all clock product titles if it's a 1-day, 8-day or Quartz clock.
The advantage of quartz clocks is that you don't need to think about winding up your clock and just replace the batteries every 4–6 months. They also have an automatic night shutoff.

Part 3: Do you want to have music?
Decide if you only want to have a cuckoo call every (half-)hour or if you want that your Cuckoo Clock from the Black Forest plays music too. Clocks with a music box inside have a higher price than clocks without. In all category sections, you're able to filter for clocks with or without a music box.

Part 4: Which Night Shutoff do you need?
Some clocks are offering a night shut-off. Quartz clocks will shut off the music and cuckoo calls when it gets dark, and you won't get disturbed when you sleep and dream well from the Black Forest and Germany. Mechanical clocks have a lever to mute the music and/or the cuckoo calls. Just take a look at the filter in the categories or at the product page.

Part 5: The best dimensions for your home?
First of all: You need to hang up all mechanical clocks 5.91' feet from the bottom. So the weights have the full range to operate. Then we recommend measuring how large and wide your clock could be. With these details, you can filter the clocks in the categories section.

Part 6: What's the best fit for your budget?
Now you've done a lot to find the clock of your choice, but we're sure, there are still more clocks than just one. At the last step, you're able to filter all clocks that fit in your budget.

Part 7: Be happy!

There's still more than one clock on your list? Don't worry; all clocks are high-quality ones. Just buy the one your heart will recommend. We're sure it's not critical which one you buy from your list; the Black Forest clock will make you delighted.

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Cuckoo Clocks Made In Germany

The Cuckoo Palace is home to some of the best cuckoo clock makers in the German Black Forest.

History of the German Cuckoo Clock

The German cuckoo clock history began in the Bavarian area of Germany.

Instructions: setting the musicbox

The function of the musicbox is only given, when the following adjustments are exact

Operating and assembly instructions for quartz cuckoo clocks

Quartz cuckoo clocks are set up differently from regular mechanical clockwork cuckoo clocks.

Operating and setup instructions for mechanical cuckoo clocks

With every cuckoo clock you will receive detailed instructions on setup and maintenance.

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Cuckoo Clocks from the Black Forest

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The Cuckoo Clock: a German cultural treasure

The Black Forest area strongly associates the famous cuckoo clock. The term "original Black Forest cuckoo clocks" has global recognition. We have many different clocks to choose from, including chalet-style, carved, and shield designs.
Our clocks are high-quality and priced affordably. We guarantee that each clock is an authentic Black Forest creation. Shipping within Germany is free of charge. We ship to Canada and United States as an Express parcel and most customers receive the clocks within 24-48 hours.
We have clocks from famous Black Forest brands in our collection. Some of these brands include Anton Schneider, Hekas, Trenkle Uhren, Hönes, Hubert Herr, and Rombach & Haas. Our clocks not only boast impressive exterior designs but also showcase exceptional craftsmanship and precision in their mechanisms.

Choose between traditional cuckoo clocks with a mechanical movement or Black Forest clocks with a quartz movement (battery operated). The choice of movement ultimately comes down to personal preference. Regardless, you will receive a cuckoo clock that you will cherish for years to come.
Our mechanical clocks have a certificate from the Black Forest Clock Association. The certificate confirms that the clock's important parts were all made in the Black Forest. Thus, you receive genuine "Made in Germany" quality from us.
The legacy of the Black Forest cuckoo clock: Numerous factors contribute to the global fame of the original Black Forest cuckoo clock.

During the 17th century, farmers in the Black Forest started boosting their earnings from their scanty crops by crafting and vending domestic goods. Wood was their preferred material, hence the earliest cuckoo clocks also featured mechanical clock movements made from wood.
Wooden clock movements were cheaper than metal ones during that time. The cuckoo clock's unique feature is the cuckoo bird that comes out every hour. However, at the onset of production, the price was a more crucial factor.
And a last "funny" fact: the correct spelling is "cuckoo clock" and not cockoo clock, co co clock, coco clocks, cukoo clock, coo coo clock, cookoo clock, coocoo clock, cockoo clock cuckoo, german cucu clock, kuku clock, cocoo clock or something else.

The Cuckoo Clock: a German icon

Here at the Cuckoo Palace you find nothing but 100% original Black Forest clocks from the most renowned producers in the region. Our shop makes it possible for you to buy these German artisanal products conveniently and securely online. The process includes quality controls and secure packaging of all products, as well as qualified answers to any questions you may have, prompt and courteous customer service and a selection of several different convenient payment methods.

We offer a rich selection of the most different Black Forest clocks. You can find the world-famous cuckoo clocks on our website in all of their diverse forms. The large assortment of chalet-style clocks and cuckoo clocks with wooden carvings is completed with reconstructions of antique models and a collection of cuckoo clocks with modern designs.

Traditional mechanical clocks where the weights operate a gear train in the clocks interior are available with 1-day movements or 8-day movements, which only requires winding once a week. Many of our cuckoo clocks are additionally furnished with a high-quality musical mechanism from the company Reuge.

All Black Forest cuckoo clocks with a mechanical movement include a certificate of authenticity from the VDS (Black Forest Clock Association).Alternatively, you can also choose a clock with a quartz movement. They have the same high-quality, hand-made wooden cases, but are very simply operated with standard batteries.

We hope you enjoy browsing in our shop while searching for your very own Black Forest clock.

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The history of the Black Forest cuckoo clock

Alongside other decorative carved products such as nutcrackers, candle arches or Christmas pyramids coming from the German “Ore mountains” in the eastern part of Germany, German Cuckoo Clocks are likely the most popular representative of Germany's rich tradition of craftsmanship and have to some extend become “the” symbol people all over the world think about when it comes to Germany.

A traditional industry dating back several centuries, the manufacture of these vintage timepieces is closely associated with the “Schwarzwald” – the Black Forest region in south-west Germany. Here, severe winter snows in a harsh climate prevented most agricultural work. The farmers traditionally spent the wintertime with carving and creating household things or toys and other wooden objects. It is hard to say who made the first blackforest clock, but the origins surely date back to the 17th century. The first clocks were rather rustic objects, entirely made of wood, and thus available for most people. During the 18th century every family wanted to have their own clock, or even more than one, and the boom of the clock industry began.

The blackforest woodworkers were very skillful and creative and always looking for new ways to improve their meagre incomes. So, when the feature of a cuckoo, announcing the time when the hands pass the full hour appeared in the first clocks, this nice little detail was soon used by the blackforest clockmakers and the “blackforest cuckoo clock” advanced with overwhelming success throughout the following centuries.

Very soon the black forest clocks were known for their stability and accuracy. Furthermore, blackforest clockmakers could use large trade routes already used by the local glass industry, to spread their clocks not only in Germany. With the return of spring, these rural clockmakers would load a cart with their accumulated winter stock of clocks, and “clock carriers” took them to local German markets, but also to France, Italy and other countries.

The Cuckoo-Palace online shop also stocks a comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary Black Forest timepieces for those seeking to buy an original gift of lasting value – and can arrange shipping and delivery worldwide for each and every cart item.

Uhrwerk of the highest quality

The clockwork movement, known in German as “Uhrwerk”, originally used to power the handsomely carved Schwarzwald cuckoo clock was devised with characteristic ingenuity. At first each movement was fashioned entirely from wood – but clocks with more endurable and accurate metal movements soon appeared, and remain part of the standard specification down to the present day. A typical mechanical clock movement is driven by power derived from a heavy weight traditionally shaped like a fir cone. The weight attaches to a chain, which is itself connected to the internal clock mechanism, and transmits movement to the machinery of gears and levers inside. The clock's pendulum ensures constant intervals. Most movements require not one fir-cone weight, but two – one to power the clock, and the other to animate the cuckoo, or even three, if they have an additional musical movement playing a tune after the cuckoo call. Two types of mechanical movement are fitted to an authentic clock made in true vintage style. The first is a “one day” movement, which requires rewinding each day, whilst an “eight day” clock-movement will run for a week before rewinding becomes necessary. Cuckoo-Palace are happy to arrange the purchase, shipping and delivery of both “one day” and “eight day” timepieces. Their online shop has convenient payment facilities for customers worldwide, whether based in Euro-, GBP-, USD zones, or elsewhere.

Mechanical complications

Clockmaking terms, any feature beyond the simple time-keeping function is described as a “complication”. For the German cuckoo clock, this means the distinctive cuckoo-call mechanism itself is a complex feature which falls into this descriptive category. Mechanically produced by blasts of air from a pair of bellows, the two notes of the cuckoo call are created by two little organ pipes connected to the bellows. Beyond this traditional function, the Schwarzwald's master clockmakers have developed a range of automata (moving figures) and other embellishments to add interest and value to their creations, and to demonstrate their fine clockmaking-skills. These additional complications include moving elements, such as:

  • hand-carved human figures: dancers, beer-drinkers, wood-choppers;
  • animals: dogs, cats, farmyard animals, birds, deer;
  • animated features: water-wheels, windmills, rocking-chairs, see-saws;
In addition, many cuckoo-clocks also incorporates a musical movement playing a repertoire of traditional German or Tyrolean songs familiar to a worldwide audience, adding to the vintage atmosphere these timepieces seek to recreate. “Musical” cuckoo clocks have an extra fir-cone weight fitted to drive the musical mechanism, and purchasers searching online for a musical clock to buy will find the Cuckoo-Palace stock a fine selection of authentic models ready for instant shipping and delivery.

Traditional clocks with vintage features

All Black Forest timepieces supplied by the Cuckoo-Palace online shop are made in the time-honoured fashion and fall into four main item categories:

  • The Shield clock
  • The Chalet-style clock
  • The Carved clock
  • The Modern Art clock
  • The Shield clock, known in Germany as “Schilderuhr”, is generally regarded as the historic precursor of the vintage cuckoo-clock timepiece. Whether voiced with a quail- or cuckoo-call, this simple model has a square frontal shield which is attractively decorated and handpainted. Above this is a highly decorative wooden semicircle which carries a separate scene, perhaps with moving figures. A more nuanced choice lacking the worldwide reputation of other Schwarzwald timepieces, the Schilderuhr clock may perhaps appear in the cart of those who admire its restrained appeal.

The Chalet-style clock with its trademark Black Forest- or Alpine house is a popular buy regularly selected for the customer cart, and undoubtedly the most recognisable item of the cuckoo-clock genre. Invariably presenting a cameo image of Schwarzwald pastoral life, such charming “toytown” scenes are guaranteed to capture any child's attention, and the hearts of everyone else.

The so-called “Carved clock” is the most intricately carved of all Black Forest timepieces, and is commonly decorated by the leaves of a vine tendril and either bird or hunting symbols. Master craftsmen fashion elements such as the antlers of mature stags, and woodland leaves and vines, in exquisite detail, using wood from the Linden tree which grows in the Schwarzwald. Undoubtedly a premium option, a beautiful carved clock secures a high price, for which one gains a treasured heirloom in return.

It has been said the Black Forest clock belongs to “the past, the present and the future”. And if that is so, then – no matter which item you load in your cart – the Modern cuckoo-clocks available to buy in the Cuckoo-Palace online shop demonstrate that the future is in remarkably good hands. Though these models preserve the cuckoo-call as the link with their heritage, in every other respect, creative artists, designers and clockmakers have reinvented the genre for our modern age. New models explore exciting colours, unusual shapes, and fresh materials – often with entertaining or thought-provoking results – in a kaleidoscope of contemporary innovation which neatly counterbalances the mature designs of the stock built by vintage clockmakers.

By the way:
Carved, Chalet and Modern clocks are both available with the traditional mechanic movement (one or eight day movement) or in quartz versions, powered by batteries, which have a digital cuckoo call.

Production values

Though the day of the lone craftsman has now gone, genuine cuckoo clocks are still handmade using techniques handed-down by the Schwarzwald “Uhrmachers” (Clockmakers) of old. The vintage timepieces Cuckoo-Palace has in stock originate from one of eight long-established German manufacturers, all accredited members of the Black Forest Clock Association, whose production uses traditional materials and methods. In addition, any authentic cuckoo-clock timepiece which a customer chooses to buy from the Cuckoo-Palace online shop, will carry a VDS (Verein die Schwarzwalduhr) certificate confirming the item is an original from the German Schwarzwald. To gain such accreditation, an item must have a genuine mechanical movement, meet exacting quality standards, and must have been crafted by a clockmaker within the Schwarzwald. Thus purchasers worldwide can shop safe in the knowledge that any VDS-labeled item in their cart is trademarked and guaranteed to be authentic.

Clock shipping and installation

Cuckoo-Palace always takes the utmost care when shipping high-quality German cuckoo clocks for delivery worldwide. For customers who would like to make their own shipping arrangements, the Cuckoo-Palace website has some useful packing guidelines to avoid damage and ensure safe delivery. When you receive your new acquisition, similar care should be taken to observe the following general information.

Do:

  • read your clock's accompanying manual and set-up instructions;
  • choose a secure wall location;
  • mount your clock at the height specified by the manufacturer – at least five feet above ground level.
Don't:
  • invert your clock once it has been assembled;
  • dispose of the custom box and delivery packaging, just in case return shipping is ever necessary;
  • send back fir-cone weights if your clock is returned for attention. Instead, enclose any part numbers or other information marked on each weight.

Your ideal timepiece at an optimum price

Given the broad selection of stock available to browse in the Cuckoo-Palace online shop, deciding which clock to buy can seem quite daunting. However, an important first step is to clarify how features and functions influence the purchase price of the clock you decide to place in your cart. Here are some general points to consider:

  • the more-intricate eight-day movements are more expensive;
  • a musical mechanism will also raise the price;
  • moving figures are rated a clock-making “complication”, and thus a high-value option;
  • a deeply carved clock with finely detailed decoration commands a premium price;
  • clocks with non-traditional but precisely working quartz movements are cheaper
  • clock-size is certain to determine price – a smaller clock (around 7 inches) is more affordable than an award-winning masterpiece 28-inches tall, so where quality is concerned, every inch counts!

Taking delivery of your first VDS-accredited Schwarzwald timepiece is an unforgettable moment. You will be joining a worldwide community of discerning connoisseurs, significantly enhancing the appeal and ambiance of your home, signaling your intention to live your life at a different pace, and taking ownership of a superb example of timeless beauty and craftsmanship. There will indeed be much to celebrate!