Germany, Triberg the Cuckoo Clock Capital of the World

Germany Triberg Cuckoo Clock

It was a little bit brighter the next morning but not especially thrilling and it didn’t look as though we would get the snow that we had hoped for or the blue skies that we wanted for our photographs.

We had flirted with the idea of taking a journey into the forest on the Black Forest Railway , The Badische Schwarzwaldbahn which passes directly across the Black Forest, on the way passing through spectacular scenery on a route that is one hundred and fifty kilometres long, ascends six hundred and fifty metres from lowest to highest elevation, and passes through thirty-nine tunnels and over two viaducts but we had done that last year in spectacular winter scenery and we didn’t think it could be recreated on a slightly disappointing and overcast day so we decided to make the trip by car instead.

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18 responses to “Germany, Triberg the Cuckoo Clock Capital of the World

  1. you brought many memories to me with this post. I went to Black Forest almost 15 years ago! I still have a postcard from the waterfall of Triberg.
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. Funny thing is you have commented in the past on some post of mines about Greek islands (my blog had a different name back then). I see you’ve visited more islands in Greece than I have in my entire life!!
    Is it your first visit to Rome? I’m going to post suggestions about restaurants and other tips in a future post (I hope within this week 😛 )



  2. Smooth,elegant narration to enjoy as always..
    However,I would like to comment on the poor bird with the two-note call.
    Well,believe me,once you hang it on the wall and it starts chiming and cuckooing you can’t live without it.I have dabbed mine Aristophanes although my husband insisted on naming it Faust.No matter the name,now,we live in our cloud-cuckoo land…..
    ( I so much like this clever idiomatic expression in the English language)
    All the best


  3. According to Wikipedia the reference comes from ‘The Birds’, a play by Aristophanes in which Tereus helps Pisthetairos (which can be translated as “Mr. Trusting”) and Euelpides (“Mr. Hopeful”) erect a perfect city in the clouds, to be named Cloud Cuckoo Land (Νεφελοκοκκυγία or Nephelokokkygia).


    • You are absolutely right.The origin is from ” The Ornithes” and in the English language you have translated the Greek word nephos=cloud and kokkyx=the European cuckoo to “erect” a perfect,meaningful usage…Isn’t it interesting,especially for somebody who knows the plot of Aristophanes’ comedy.
      Many thanks to the Englishman who has the real Greek spirit in his blood…


      • Thanks, and I am looking forward to my visit to Greece in September this year. Planning the trip now, currently thoughts are to fly to Athens, Blue Star to Paros and then to Donoussa, Amorgos, Koufonisi, Ios and finish in Anti Paros. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions?


  4. I have a feeling my bloggy friend that your choice and timing are just fine.Don’t give it a second thought.All the islands of the Cyclades around the sacred island of Delos are colourful and remarkable,each one carrying its own beauty and history.Most of them are so small and they never teem with tourists.
    Recommendations and suggestions for the Ionian or the Aegean islands never end….they are so,so many.Besides,you know better than anybody else.I will be looking forward to reading your future posts on them.
    Well,you wll be in Greece in September,drinking Ouzo,I will be in UK in August,drinking tea,especially the afternoon tea served with the lovely cream scones…Different is always interesting,isn’t it and it excuses our “dromomania”,I am sure you know this lovely, English word of Greek origin..


  5. very nice site ! May I ask you to help me, please ? My name is Jacques Gervais, from Canada. In 1987, I bought a cuckoo clock from ” bold
    Schwarzwalduhren- Black Forest Clocks Exquisit ”located on Hornberger
    Str. 33- 7740 Triberg 1 ( Telefon -(07722) 37 47).
    My problem is that I need replacements hands for the clock ; If you know
    the e-mail site for this factory, would you be so kind to send it to me please?
    Thanking you in advance for any information you could provide.

    My e-mail address is :


  6. Hi,
    I love these clocks, the photo of the first one is just gorgeous, you must of seen some spectacular clocks there in The House of a Thousand Clocks, that would of been fascinating.


  7. I was all set to shout “cheat, cheat” but aside from the fact that it isn’t, but rather another inspired interpretation, I love that first photo.


  8. I love your interpretation and the interesting narrative that goes with it. 🙂


  9. Excellent! Every house should have a cuckoo!


  10. We went to visit this place many years ago, when I was in college, I think. We must have seen thousands of clocks. Exquisite. My mother bought one and we hand-carried the box all the way to Manila! Sigh! i remember that one!


  11. We have always had cuckoo clocks in the family. Like one of the commentors said, once you have one, you can’t live without it. A couple we had were German made but I was young then and didn’t pay attention. Now my parents are gone and so are the cuckoos.


  12. Weee! I bought my cuckoo clock in Germany. Must-buy for every visitors.


  13. If you are interested in seeing some high quality antique Black Forest clocks (including many cuckoos) visit my website/blog at

    These are clocks were made long ago, before the large factories and mass production overtook the romantic clockmaking industry of the Black Forest.


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