"The DRUBBA FAMILY of CUCKOO..." Germany Things to Do Tip by S_R_NAIDU

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The original Black Forest - cuckoo clocks from Germany are well-known the world over. Punctually to the half and full hour the cuckoo reminds by its call of the time.

These clocks from the Black Forest have a long tradition. Around 1640 the inhabitants here started making clocks. Originally they were only simple hour indicators and a century later in 1740, Anton Ketterer designed the first cuckoo clock. Around 1760 it is said that one of the clockmakers started using a cuckoo bird sound instead of a chime. The carvings are made by hand by the people of Black Forest.

In the 18th and 19th century tradesmen from the Black Forest went to England, Russia and Turkey to market this desired clocks.

The 'world-time-clock', a most valuable Black Forest clock, was built in 1787. It can be viewed at the German clock museum in Furtwangen.

This original cuckoo clock from the Black Forest still maintains its fascination. Handmade, with a mechanical clockwork from edges, chains and weights it can be found in many homes.

In the modern age of electronic and quartz, these mechanical cuckoo clock is treasured not only as a souvenir but as a reliable, hand made time-piece.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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