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German Clock Route
Keeping time in the Black Forest

A house near Schonach that boasts the world's largest cuckoo clock

The German Clock Route is a circular tour of discovery. It runs for around 320 kilometres through the most attractive and scenic parts of the Black Forest and Baar holiday regions, starting and ending at Villingen-Schwenningen. Rottweil, Waldkirch and Titisee are just a few of the places featured along the way. The route is the perfect introduction to the Black Forest clockmaking tradition and it has fascinating museums and places of interest all along its length. Clock factories, clockmaking workshops and clockface painting studios all offer an informative insight into their daily work.

Baroque cuckoo and his clock

The route also highlights the charms of the Black Forest - shingle-roofed houses, glorious countryside, crystal-clear trout streams, lush meadows and forests of dark green. Inn signs in quaint little towns and picturesque villages are always a welcome sight. Be sure to sample the delicious local specialities – pure mineral waters, fruit schnapps, fine wines, hearty rye bread baked over wood, Black Forest ham and, of course, genuine Black Forest gateau. The southern and central areas of the Black Forest have especially varied scenery and traditions going back a very long way. Their hallmarks - the Bollenhut (traditional hat with large red pompoms) and the famous cuckoo clock - are recognised all over the world. Local history and culture are showcased at festivals and events and in a host of interesting museums.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • 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