Given that Triberg is the Cuckoo Clock Capital of the World, it takes no great stretch of the imagination to realise that wood carving would be a local speciality. And whilst it's now big business, it would have had its roots in the long, cold, dark winter nights before TV, when people pursued folk crafts as much as a means of keeping occupied as a desire to decorate their homes.
I detest cuckoo clocks (indeed, I am currently fighting a rear guard action to try and avoid us inheriting one from my parents-in-law) but I do adore wood carving, and it would not be an overstatement to describe me as a 'Christmas junkie'. So the fact that we would to buy a hand carved wooden ornament for our tree as a memento of our trip to the Black Forest was a given: the only question was, 'Which one?'. As you can see, we didn't manage to agree on one, so we bought two instead (I just love that sort of compromise!).
The pine cone was obvious, given that the Black Forest comprises conifers - and 'Walk in the Black Forest' was one of my German granny's favourite tunes (and was probably the way I first heard of the place).
The pretzel is more cryptic, but in its way, even more special. In addition to being the ideal 'stomach ballast' for beer drinking (a subject very dear to my heart), both my kids have adored pretzels since they were tiny, and they are still a lunch box staple when I get time to go to the German bakery. These culturally appropriate 'teething devices' saw them through many painful months when their poor little gums were in need of something substantial to gnaw on - and our daughter's teething coincided with our first visit to Triberg.
See the photo on my Weltenburg page for evidence of this patented parenting technique in action!
Triberg is the world capital of cuckoo clocks and this shop is one of many in the area that capitalise on this. This company has four shops. This description is about the one right in Triberg near the entrance to the waterfalls. There is a play area at the back for children. Even if you don't buy anything, a visit to one of these stores should be considered a must-see in the Black Forest.
What to buy: Cuckoo clocks, of course, and grandfather clocks, pocket watches, table clocks, and modern wall clocks. There are also the mandatory Black Forest souvenirs, but they are of above-average quality; there are some fine presents for the folks back home. There is also an impressive selection of Christmas decorations, many made of wood. You will find some unique items here.
What to pay: A 24-hour movement clock with no music can start at $125 and a 7-day movement with music can go up to $2,411. Grandfather clocks range from $2,712 to $4,762.
Don't miss the chance to go to one of the high street shops that offer the local delicacies!
What to buy: Schnaps made of cherries, pears, raspberries, plums
Regional Wines, especially blueberry wine, blackberry wine, cherry wine
Black Forest Ham and smoked sausages
Black Forest dark honey!!!
What to pay: As much as you like
When in the Black Forest don't miss to visit Triberg and have a look at the shops that sell cuckoo clocks in all shapes and sizes, it's well worth a visit!
What to buy: Cuckoo clocks
What to pay: Cuckoo clocks in any price range available
This place sells the largest selection of Cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest area. The staff are very friendly and speak excellent english. I bought two very nice clocks at reasonable prices and would go back again just for the service and in-depth information.
What to buy: Cuckoo clocks!
What to pay: Anywhere from 20 euros for a small, battery powered clock to enormous grandfather-style clocks that are 5,000 euros
House shoes for you to put by your front door for guests to wear when they are visiting.