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Cuckoo clock of The Black Forest Germany

Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks

Perhaps one of the greatest contributions to the fame of The Black Forest is the cuckoo clock. While it is easy to appreciate their charismatic beauty and charm, few realize how deeply rooted these clocks are in history. It has been a long journey that has involved several hundred years and thousands of people in small towns located in one valley in The Black Forest. The first description of a cuckoo clock was in 1629 and was written by a German nobleman, Philipp Hainhofer. He describes a curious little clock that belonged to Prince Elector August von Sachsen. It contained a bird that resembled a cuckoo. Thus giving the name to the “cuckoo clock”. However, these early clocks were very primitive by today’s standard and did not make any sound! Enter Franz Anton Ketterer! Ketterer was a clock maker from The Black Forest and is credited with the invention of the cuckoo clock you know today. It was one day in the 1730s, after pondering the mechanism of a church organ bellow, he was inspired …

Finding The Perfect Cuckoo Clock

We are in cuckoo-clock country! That’s how you feel once you enter the area in the Central Black Forest where cuckoo clocks have been manufactured for centuries. The World’s largest cuckoo clock can be found here. And not only that, there is also The World’s Widest Cuckoo Clock, The World’s Tallest Cuckoo Clock and The World’s Oldest Cuckoo Clock. A quarter before the hour, you’ll see people lining up in front of the clocks waiting for the cuckoo to come out for its hourly appearance. Touring with us at Black Forest Tours means you will visit the places where the first cuckoo clocks were made. We can take you to one of the last remaining cuckoo clock factory in the Black Forest on special request. Here you can see how a cuckoo clock is built – from the carving of the wood to the painting  of the cuckoo that lives inside. You get to see each step of the process of building a clock. Because they are slowly hand-crafted, there are very few real Black …