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German Clock Route
Keeping time in the Black Forest

The wooded hills of the Simonswald Valley

Whether you're touring on foot or by bike, there are plenty of places to visit: historical towns, typical Black Forest farmhouses, the Gutach valley bridge (the highest bridge in the Black Forest), the Schwenninger Moos nature conservation area and source of the river Neckar, the baroque church and abbey of St. Peter (a real insider's tip for paragliders), the Triberg waterfalls and the biggest cuckoo clock in the world at Schonach. Other highlights include the source of the Danube at St. Martin's spring, the Hexenloch watermill and the Brend and Stöcklewald lookout towers. Nobody knows when the first Black Forest clocks were made, so their early history is shrouded in mystery. Ever since 1667 or thereabouts, when the first wooden foliot clock was made in Waldau, clockmaking has seen many fascinating developments. Flute clocks, trumpeter clocks, clocks decorated with pictures, framed clocks, watchman clocks, regulator clocks, twin-bell alarm clocks, Schotten clocks and timepieces of all shapes and sizes including modern quartz clocks and radio-signal clocks have all been - and are still being - produced here.

This traditional clock carrier should never have to ask for the time!

The German Clock Museum in Furtwangen has an extensive collection of timepieces and provides a fascinating insight into time-keeping around the world. This route conveys a real sense of just how strongly the Black Forest has been influenced by its clockmaking tradition. From a sundial to an atomic clock, from an exquisite pendulum timepiece to a kitchen clock - In fact, wherever you go along this route there are clockmakers to visit, opportunities to pick up a bargain and, last but not least, the chance to enjoy some legendary Black Forest hospitality. Anyone with time on their hands should join us in our journey through the world of clocks.

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Basic information

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  • Themes
    Countryside and culture, clocks past and present

Highlights in brief

  • Villingen-Schwenningen
    Clocks and clockmaking museum
  • Vöhrenbach
    Clockmaker's cottage
  • Eisenbach
    Clock collection, bird collection, minerals collection
  • Lenzkirch
    Clock und mechanical musical instrument collection, Wutach Gorge nature reserve
  • St. Peter
    Baroque organ clock, abbey with rococo library
  • Waldkirch
    Organ-making workshops, castle ruins, Elz valley museum
  • Simonswald
    Clock manufacturing, traditional mills
  • Gütenbach
    Village museum, collection of large clocks
  • Furtwangen
    German clock museum
  • Schonach
    Two of the world's biggest cuckoo clocks, nature conservation area