Day 7 – Triberg – home of the world’s largest cuckoo clock!
We decided we needed a break from faulty mechanics and dodgy roads… so naturally, we got our motorbikes out. Hey- we never said we were intelligent. 🙂
I had heard about Triberg from someone on Facebook (if you don’t follow me there, you’re missing out! Click the link in the sidebar to join the fun.)
Apparently, Triberg is home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock. And Germany’s highest waterfall. It sounded like a great place all around and I was looking forward to seeing it.
Now, full disclaimer, I am not a massive fan of cuckoo clocks. Don’t get me wrong, I think the craftsmanship is incredible and the mechanics are impressive- but the cuckoo bit annoys me. I was given one once many years ago… I think it lasted a day before I took the batteries out.
But Triberg intrigued me- why would a little town in the Black Forest have the world’s largest cuckoo clock? So we got on the bikes to go check it out.
The roads in the Black Forest are a joy to ride- smooth, fast and twisty. It took me a while to remember how to go around tight left turns without being too close to oncoming traffic (the joys of being on the wrong side of the road!) but it was a great ride and felt so good to be back on a motorbike.
However, we arrived in Triberg at 5.45pm. I hadn’t taken into account the delay the water tank had caused and what time it actually was when we left. So, unfortunately, we arrived after all the shops had shut. Poor Jade was very disappointed- although it’s a great way to avoid your child spending a fortune on useless tat in a souvenir shop! Parents take note of this cunning ploy.
We spent some time peering in through the windows of the (many) cuckoo clock shops of Triberg. Seriously- there had to be 7 or 8 shops just dedicated to these clocks all within a few metres of each other! But the main street was very cute- lots of wood and brightly coloured buildings and there was a lovely atmosphere, even when everything was closed. There were several shops proclaiming ‘House of 1000 clocks’- so I dread to think how many cuckoo clocks were on that one street!
The world’s largest Cuckoo Clock
This isn’t just large- it is the size of an entire two storey building! Yet it’s weirdly hidden in a corner of the main street in Triberg- so we almost passed it before we spotted it. The clock consists of a family of bears living in and climbing around the building. The bear on the rope climbs up & down constantly. It was actually pretty impressive. Apparently, the store itself is two storeys and FULL of many, many different types of cuckoo clocks and other wooden tools and toys. I heard there is even a clock for sale in there worth 25,000€!!!!! That is a lot of money to spend on a clock.
“Not to worry,” we said. “Triberg is also home to the Triberg Waterfalls- the highest waterfalls in Germany. We’ll go see those instead.” You can see what’s coming… the entrance to the waterfall shut at 5pm. Unlike Todtnau you have to pay an entrance fee on these falls (I believe it’s 3.50€) and the opening hours are 10am- 5pm. So we were disappointed yet again.
In the end, we didn’t actually stay in Triberg that long. We debated stopping for dinner in one of the many cute looking restaurants, which were all open and smelt delicious- but I was a bit worried about riding back on those twisty roads in the dark and it was getting decidedly chilly by 6.30pm- it was April after all. So we decided not to stop too long, which was a shame as it looked like a beautiful little town and one I would definitely like to explore further.
TOTAL COST TODAY:
Parking at the campsite for 2 nights- 12€
Fuel for motorbikes- 17€
Fuel for motorhome- 90€
Shopping (food)- 55€