Triberg, the village with the world's largest cuckoo clock and the highest waterfall in the Black Forest, is one of those places that makes young and adults fall in love.

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With its many Grimm1 Brothers' fairy tales and one of the key stops on the Cuckoo Clock Road (Deutsche Uhrenstraße2), this little town offers its visitors so much to see and do that it is worth knowing what not to miss.

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What to do in Triberg in a weekend

  1. Visit the House of 1000 Clocks
  2. Visit the 3 largest cuckoo clocks in the world
  3. Walk to the highest waterfalls in the Black Forest and look for squirrels
  4. Eat Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, the real Black Forest cake
  5. Visit the Black Forest Museum
  6. Look for the mannequins wearing Bollenhut
  7. Admire the wood carvings
  8. Where to sleep in Triberg

Visit the House of 1000 Clocks

In Triberg there is a building that immediately enchants, it is one of the largest cuckoo clock shops in Germany. his is the House of 1000 Clocks, or Haus der 1000 Uhren, and it is truly unmistakable, in fact it has a huge display of clocks outside with a family of mechanical bears placed on the façade of the wooden building.

Inside there are thousands of cuckoo clocks, many more than the thousand in the namehere are ones for all tastes and prices! You will find it very hard to resist the temptation to buy lots of them. The shop is on two floors and, in addition to clocks, you can find many local souvenirs, candles and soft toys. We got our adorable little blue gnome here 🙂

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Triberg, le migliori cose da fare nel cuore della Foresta Nera, Germania
Haus der 1000 Uhren® Hauptstraße 81, 78098 Triberg

Visit the 3 largest cuckoo clocks in the world

There are 3 places worth visiting (just a few km from Triberg) to see the world's largest cuckoo clock. What? Yes, and the reason is quickly explained. In fact, each of these 3 villages is sure and convinced that it has the largest clock in the world.

Honestly, we don't know who is right, we just show you them all!

1 In Schonach there is one of the world's largest clocks and it is practically a cuckoo clock cabin. Inside the clock house you can visit the huge mechanisms carved out of wood and every hour a small crowd waits for the cuckoo clock to come out into the garden in front, which offers various seats amidst flowers and butterflies. Of course we waited for him too! 🙂

Address: Untertalstraße 28, 78136 Schonach im Schwarzwald, Germany.
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2 Another of the world's largest cuckoo clocks is located on the way to Hornberg and you can activate its mechanism by paying 1€. This clock is also in fact a hut and on the side you will find a shop selling cuckoo clocks, souvenirs and typical clothing. There is also a restaurant where you can take a short break before continuing the tour.

Address: Landstraße 7, 78132 Hornberg-Niederwasser, Germany.

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3 – Last but not least, the third largest cuckoo clock in the world is located in Schonachbach at the Eble Uhren-Park and you can even visit its interior . Since 1880, the EBLE family (fifth generation) has been involved in the production of clocks.

Here you will find the Watch Park: over 1000 square metres to discover, starting with our exhibition of pendulum and wall clocks.

Of all of them, this is the one we liked best and is also the one that has been the world's largest cuckoo clock since 1997, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Address: Schonachbach 27, 78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany.
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Walk to the Falls looking for squirrels

The main entrance is a few minutes' walk from the centre of Triberg. Other entrances can be found at Bergsee, Scheffelplatz, on Adelheid and behind the Asklepios clinic, the latter is barrier-free up to the first wheelchair-accessible platform and from the platform you have a direct view of the impressive waterfalls.

You will find several well-marked trails: the nature trail, the culture trail, the waterfall trail and the panorama trail. All the trails have their own special features. If you are short of time, then we recommend the cultural trail as, after a few metres uphill from the main entrance, you will reach the lower waterfall where there is a wooden footbridge with a viewing platform directly above the natural pool.

From this position you can admire this marvellous natural spectacle and feel the splash of water on your skin. The route then continues with several hairpin bends to the Scheffel Bridge and the upper waterfall.

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The more daring and fit can walk to the Maria an der Tanne Pilgrimage Church and then regain their strength in the nearby Bergseestüble Restaurant & Café.

The waterfalls can be reached all year round and are an unforgettable experience for young and old, who will have a second special attraction! These are the squirrels who, trusting in humans, let themselves be fed without fear.

Address: Tourist-Info Triberg, Wallfahrtstraße 4, 78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany.

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Eat the real Black Forest cake

It is precisely in Triberg that the original recipe for the world-famous Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake) is preserved: a masterpiece of chocolate, chantilly cream, cherries and Kirsch (cherry brandy that makes it unsuitable for children).

The owner of the secret recipe was Cafè Schäfer, which has unfortunately closed down for good. Black Forest cake can be eaten at many cafés and pastry shops, at the suggestion of the locals, we went to the Hotel-Café Adler. The cake is actually very good, very sweet and alcoholic, practically worth a full meal! But it is definitely worth tasting!

Address: Hauptstraße 52, 78098, Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany.

Visit the Black Forest Museum

Built in 1936, the Black Forest Museum in Triberg on more than 1,600 square metres tells the story of the past and present cultural and economic life of the inhabitants of the Black Forest.
Here you will find:

  • Workshops of forgotten old professions
  • Orchestras that work independently
  • Barrel organ collection
  • Black Forest Clocks
  • Bobs and sledges
  • Mine gallery visitable ( wonderful!)
  • Historical costumes
  • Carnival figures
  • SABA Radio Collection
  • Wood carvings by the well-known local carver 'Schnitzer Sepp'.
  • History of Triberg and his kingdom
  • and much more...

You will spend basically half a day inside the museum! And you will be enchanted! 🙂

Address: Wallfahrtstraße 4, 78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany.

Look for the mannequins wearing Bollenhut

The Bollenhut is a straw hat with distinctive red wool pompoms worn by Protestant women since the second half of the 18th century.
The red Bollenhut has become a symbol of the Black Forest over time; the red pompoms and white brim of the Bollenhut supposedly inspired the top layer of the Black Forest cake.

Admire the wood carvings

In addition to the cuckoo clock workshops, there are numerous handcrafted wood workshops where master sculptors, with great skill and patience, create their works of art entirely and exclusively by hand, still using the tools of the past.

Walking along the narrow streets, you cannot fail to fall in love with the wood or straw sculptures made by these masters!

Where to sleep in Triberg

We named it for the world-famous Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake) and it is also a hotel! Central, very convenient and with cake always available, what more could you want?

Hotel-Café Adler
Address: Hauptstraße 52, 78098 Triberg im Schwarzwald, Germany.
Phone: +49 7722 4574

Hotel-Café Adler dove dormire a Triberg

We wish you a wonderful stay in Triberg, we are sure that this fairytale town will remain in your heart! And, if you have time, be sure to visit Augsburg, the oldest city in Bavaria !

1 The many fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Frog Prince or Henry of Iron, The Goose Keeper, Frau Holle, The Seven Ravens, The Brave Little Tailor, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, The Town Musicians of Bremen, etc. These are just some of the titles in the Brothers Grimm collection.

2 The Deutsche Uhrenstraße is a circular route of about 320 kilometres in south-west Germany, starting and ending in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen in Baden-Württemberg. It is an impressive route through the magnificent landscapes of the Black Forest and the medieval county of Baar.

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