Before we share the details of our insightful trip to Titisee Black Forest Cuckoo Factory, we would like to tell you something about this most popular German holiday destination. The Titisee is a 2 km German stretch that owes its origins to the ice age. With ‘phenomenal’ valley views on display, Titisee is a perfect isolated location to go lake cruising, leisurely walks, or unwinding in a beer garden. As, a matter of fact, Titisee lake originates from a 10,000-year-old glacier located in the Feldberg. Which, makes it the largest-natural-lake in the region! Famous for outdoor sports, Titisee attracts a lot of visitors interested in tourism, sailing, swimming, or windsurfing.
Besides for being famous, for the incredible landscapes, enveloped by the mysterious beauty of tall pine and oak trees, Titisee is also visited for its legendary Black Forest Cuckoo Factory. Featuring unique pendulum-regulated clocks, also known as the cuckoo clock, Black Forest Cuckoo Factory epitomizes the native European bird. The Cuckoo is both the spring announcer, as well as, the time marker. Therefore, the clock collection of this museum-alike-factory mostly showcases two styles of cuckoo clocks. One that exhibits intricate hand-carved designs depicting nature, and the other one, crafted in a Chalet model.
Each of these clocks narrates a unique story that echoes with the ancient past and with every hourly pendulum strike, you momentarily live those stories. Not sure if these clocks can be silenced, at night, but these highly-prized clocks sure make an exquisite collector’s item. When you first arrive at the clock factory, you will notice a large Cuckoo Clock on the building’s front wall. After spending a few minutes outdoors, we entered the factory where we received an official tour including demonstrations of the traditional cuckoo clock making techniques. All in all, an ‘amazing’ experience, as this was the moment when we were familiarized with every single detail of the clock’s unique features, leaving us in awe of the highly-skilled craftsmanship.
Not all the clocks emancipate the origins of the Black Forest, but most, emerge from this region and are characterized by the emissive snowfalls. Which gave birth to the cottage industry that worked indoors during winters and hand-crafted, what is today the world’s most magnificent masterpieces. Although, the clock-making began after a voyager brought with him a Bohemian clock to the Black Forest in the sixteenth century. Locals utilized the massive abundance of wood in the area and resorted to a new craft which involved embossing intricate designs of nature.
During our trip, we learned that the first man to create the introductory model was Mr. Franz Kettler, who replaced the hourglass tradition with a pendulum clock. Therefore, whenever you are in Germany, make sure to plan a trip to Drubba Clock factory in the Black Forest region. To complete the experience, grab a slice of Black Forest cake while you are here, and either buy yourself a souvenir or book yourself an actual clock which will be delivered to your doorstep, no matter where you live.