A Great Keepsake from Germany to Include in Your Fridge Magnet Collection
The Cuckoo Clock has long been an iconic symbol of the Black Forest and German craftsmanship, and this ornately decorated resin fridge magnet makes a fantastic souvenir from Germany. This type of clock has been extremely popular here since the early 1700s, and clockmakers have long held the tradition of lovingly crafting this intricate time pieces with scenes and images of their culture.
The traditional cuckoo clock is built in a "chalet" style, intended to hang on the wall and decorated with carvings of leaves and animals. The mechanism is pendulum regulated, and the infamous call of the cuckoo bird is used to announce the hour, along with an automaton of the cuckoo bird itself darting out from a small trap door above the clock face. Variations of the bird automaton are used in creative designs as well, such as a series dancing couples who come out in a rotation with the chiming of the hour.
Attractions in Germany Featuring the Cuckoo Clock
For everyone who falls under the charming spell of the cuckoo clock, there are many craft shops throughout Germany where one can purchase an original Black Forest cuckoo clock. There are also several cuckoo clock museums in Germany that display some of the oldest and most ornate cuckoo clocks in existence. The Deutsches Uhrenmuseum and the Dorf-und Uhrenmuseum Gutenbach are the two most famous museums in Germany with magnificent cuckoo clock displays.
Some of the largest cuckoo clocks in the world are in Germany, so if you are visiting the following villages make sure and take time out to go and see them: Hollsteig, Niederwasser, Schonach and Titisee-Neustadt. The largest free- hanging cuckoo clock in the world is located in Sankt Goar.