Those who are fond of antique decorations are sure to be familiar with the cuckoo clock. Alongside nutcrackers and Christmas pyramids, it is part of Germany’s vibrant craftsmanship culture.
Cuckoo clocks are typically associated with Schwarzwald, or the Black Forest, in Germany. While the first clock was not made here, this is where the industry took off. Woodworkers created intricate designs for their timepieces. The artisans have created clocks that would become known for their stability and accuracy.
Here are 5 places where you can get a cuckoo clock of your own.
House of 1000 Clocks
In the town of Triberg in Germany, you can find the House of 1000 Clocks. The store is one of the few shops in the city to offer authentic Black Forest cuckoo clocks. They provide a wide array of cuckoo clock styles, with their store having two whole floors of various designs.
They have the traditional chalet-style clocks that depict a small chalet scene with miniature figurines of animals and people. For a more simplistic look, they offer carved cuckoo clocks that showcase the skills of acclaimed German woodworkers. They even provide a beautiful contrast in their antique and modern selections.
The German city of Furtwangen is notable for its clock-making history. The town is full of stores that offer local, handmade cuckoo clocks.
The city is also well-known for being the hometown of Emilian Wehrle. Wehrle was a notable Black Forest clockmaker. He was especially famous for his musical clocks, of which the cuckoo clock belongs to. Wehrle integrated music into his clocks – showcasing instruments such as the flute and the trumpet.
Furtwangen is also the home of the German Clock Museum, which displays icons and relics of Germany’s clock-making history.
Frankenmuth Clock Company
Outside of Germany, you can still find astounding stores that sell cuckoo clocks. In Michigan, we have the Frankenmuth Clock Company, dubbing themselves Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.” They have a large clientele, with a healthy German community following.
Their cuckoo clocks are imported straight from Germany, so you’re sure to be getting the real deal. Besides authentic and novelty cuckoo clocks, the store also has a large selection of clock parts, should you need to repair your timepieces, or even have a go at building a cuckoo clock yourself.
The store also offers other styles of clocks as well as watches, ornaments and German souvenirs.
The town of Schonach in Germany is found in the heart of the Black Forest. Being part of the cuckoo clock center, you’ll be sure to find a cuckoo clock you want in this town.
What makes the town even more notable is that it houses the world’s biggest cuckoo clock. Completed in 1994, Guinness World Records confirms it to be the largest of its kind. The clock is said to stand 15 feet tall, weighing up to 6 tons.
The giant cuckoo clock appears to be more like a building in itself – as a German Big Ben. It’s large enough for guests to fit inside. Shows and tours are offered, in different languages for guests of all nationalities.
Also in Triberg, Germany, is another shop known for its clockwork. Oli’s Schnitzstube is a large store that offers a wide selection of all types of clocks. Its cuckoo-clocks are not mass produced, meaning you’ll get a unique one with whichever clock you end up going home with.
Shop owner Oliver Zinapold started his dream of the shop in 1986, starting an apprenticeship to becoming a woodcarver. He later spent over 8 years as a woodcarver in a local clock factory before opening up his own family-run shop.
The store is open from Easter until November. The rest of the year is when they focus on creating clocks to stock up for the next time they open.