An annoying Clock that is made in the Black Forest

cuckoo clock

Cuckoo clock or Schwarzwälder Kuckucksuhr

The cuckoo clock is traditionally made in the Black Forest and is known worldwide. On my visit to Triberg Waterfalls I saw many Cuckoo clocks and got to see a clock maker at work.

Often it is a wall clock whose mechanical pendulum work is equipped with a chain pendulum and percussion. The basic form of the housing has been modeled since the mid-19th century usually a “Bahnwärterhäuschen” with pitched roof and decorated with more or less intricately carved wood ornaments.

Cuckoo clock, Kuckucksuhr

The acoustic cuckoo time signal is movably mounted in the housing behind a door-like flap. It is usually swung open and one or more cuckoo calls will sound at the hour depending on the hour.

The “cuckoo call” is traditionally created by a pair of differently high-pitched organ pipes inside the clock. However, some also manage with only one flute. Depending on the design, the mechanical cuckoo – traditionally carved and painted in wood, today often made of plastic – moves to the cuckoo’s call or opens the beak.

In addition, outside the clock there are other movable decorative elements attached, which sometimes also move, like dancers and birds. Today, in addition to the traditional mechanical cuckoo clocks and electro-mechanical models are offered with quartz movement, electronically generated cuckoo call, and “Kettenzug,” dummy pendulums.

This local clock maker built an enlarged mechanism of cuckoo clock that is 40 times larger:

The clock maker beautiful Black Forest home
Black Forest house

Between 1800 and 1850 alone 15 million Black Forest clocks were sold worldwide. The “Uhrenhändler” or cuckoo clock sales people left home to gain steady employment by traveling to foreign lands to sell their goods.

Historic Cuckoo clock, Black Forest
Historic Cuckoo clock, Black Forest
anno 1751 (see below)
Black Forest Cuckoo clock from 1751. Landesmuseum Württemberg by Wikimedia
Black Forest Cuckoo clock from 1751. Landesmuseum Württemberg (by Wikimedia)

We had an enjoyable afternoon that was followed walking the Triberg Waterfalls and have outdoor early dinner with friends. See my Blog here: Germany’s highest Waterfall

Triberg waterfall, wasserfall
Triberg Waterfall (Click on picture for more info)

After a full day of sightseeing and hiking in Triberg we drove back through the Black Forest Country side to Bad Krotzingen where we were staying with good friends.

Black Forest
cuckoo clock
There are very many varieties of cuckoo clocks

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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