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Visiting the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen

The German Clock Museum in Furtwangen, Germany, is a place for clock enthusiasts, families, and travelers alike. Located just outside of the Black Forest, this museum is home to clocks from all over the world.

German Clock Museum

Guests can see how the clock has evolved over time as well as explore some fascinating exhibits. It’s worth checking out if you’re in the area!

German Clock Museum

Things to See at the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen

The German Clock Museum is home to some beautiful clocks that have been restored and are in full working order.

Some of the types of clocks you will find are pendulums, grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, and a range of wall clocks.

The first part of the German Clock Museum walks you through the history of clocks.

You will find a range of astronomical and scientific instruments such as sundials, Orrerys and Barometers.

Iron Clocks in German Clock Museum

Iron Gear Clocks

In the 15th and 16th Centuries, wrought iron gear clocks were controlled by the action of a verge and foliot. Because of wear & tear, many of these clocks broke down and very little survived. There are several at this museum.

Pendulum Clocks

Pendulum clocks changed everything when it came to keeping time. These clocks were much more accurate and led to many older clocks to be refitted with pendulums.

Ornate Boroque Clock

During the 16th and 17th centuries, ornate timepieces were used by nobility and the grand bourgeoisie served as showpieces of wealth and power. French Mantel Clocks became popular because they were easy to display.

Permanent Exhibit on Clocks from Around the World

The permanent exhibit continues by showing the different styles of clocks and timepieces from around the world and how they changed over time.

There is even a section that is dedicated to how American clockmakers attempted to recreate German Clocks & how some Clockmakers died from being exposed to toxic chemicals they used in the making of clocks.

German Cuckoo Clocks on Display

While the history of the Cuckoo Clock is not cemented, you will get to see what is believed to be the oldest known Black Forest Cuckoo clock, dating around 1780-90.

You will also see the largest collection of German Cuckoo Clocks anywhere! There are different sizes, details and animated features but all have the same overall style.

HUGE Cuckoo at the German Clock Museum

Don’t miss the giant cuckoo that is sitting on the top floor. The bird will sound & move during the quarter hours.

Black Forest Clocks with Animated Figures

While we were visiting the museum, there was a special exhibition on Animated Clocks. These clocks are pretty incredible.

Instead of a Cuckoo, these clocks have automated figures that do everything from chopping wood to drinking a beer!

World Clock at German Clock Museum

The World Clock is on the bottom level of the museum is definitely an eye-catching piece. It dates back to the mid-19th century and features numerous components, like the phases of the moon and various moving objects.

German Merry Go Round


Docents will announce the demonstration and guests will make their way the bottom level where they will be able to see different types of clocks in action along with a merry-go-round organ with punched-card control.

The demonstrations last about 10-15 minutes.

Retro & Current Time Pieces

This museum allows you to see how clock-making has evolved. Not only are there old clocks, but you will many timepieces from the 20th century.

Simpson Cuckoo Clock

How could you not fall in love with this Cuckoo Clock featuring Homer Simpson?

German Cuckoo Clocks

Gift Shop

The German Clock Museum in Furtwangen also has a small gift shop, where you can buy gifts for yourself or loved ones.

They have a limited supply of clocks and honestly, you are better off buying them from a store that specializes in Cuckoo Clocks if that is something on your souvenir list.

If you’re in the Black Forest region, visiting this clock museum is a great way to understand how clocks have developed over time. It’s a beautiful museum and not something you see every day.


Visiting the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen


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