Any holiday that is made of cakes, cuckoo clocks and surrounded by spectacular nature is bound to be awesome. At Triberg, you get to hike up to Germany’s highest accessible waterfall and reward yourself with melt-in-your-mouth Black Forest cakes for your effort, shop for cuckoo clocks and gorge on the juiciest ham. Here is a list of things you must do when in the bewitchingly pretty Black Forest town of Triberg.
Triberg Waterfall is hands down the most significant landmark in Triberg and among the most visited natural spots in the country. At 163 meters (535 feet), it is the highest accessible waterfall in Germany. A 1.3 mi/2.1 Km hiking trail leads you from the entrance to the top of the waterfall through the verdant forest. En route, you are treated to breathtaking views of (and sometimes, sprays from) the rushing, gushing waterfall. The path, though uphill in places, is pretty easy unless you have mobility issues, and is even suitable for active kids. The path is open round the year, and assumes a particularly mystic air during cold, foggy days, though you have to be prepared for slippery roads in the peak of winter.
Schönwälder Str. 2, 78098 Triberg, +497722 866490
Ditch your diet for a while and say ‘Mmmm’ to happiness on a plate, also known as Black Forest cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte). This delightful concoction of chocolate cake, whipped cream, Morello cherries and a shot of Kirsch (cherry alcohol) is something your taste buds will remember for a long time to come. To treat yourself to a thick slice of Black Forest cake, head to practically any bakery in Triberg.
The largest cuckoo clock in the world (as per the Guinness Book of World Records) is so big that you can actually walk into it! This giant clock, an engineering masterpiece, was developed by local clock-makers Ewald and Ralf Eble using traditional Black Forest craftsmanship. The timepiece is 15 feet in height, weighs 6 tons and has a 26-feet long pendulum. The clock chimes every 30 minutes, and is met with much cheer from visitors every time. This clock is a part of Eble Uhren-Park, which houses a mind-boggling range of cuckoo clocks.
Schonachbach 27, 78098 Triberg, +497722 96220
The smallest cuckoo clock in the world is tiny enough to fit into your hand! This adorable timepiece is 5.12 inches tall, 5.51 inches wide, 4.72 inches thick and weighs 6.6 lb (3 Kg). You will be happy to know that you can actually take one of these unique timepieces home as the perfect souvenir of your Black Forest holiday from Hubert Herr’s showroom in Triberg, a company that has been crafting superlative cuckoo clocks since the 1800s.
Hauptstraße 8, 78098 Triberg, +497722 4268
If you like meat, don’t leave town before trying Triberger Fichtenschinken, Triberg’s version of the famous Black Forest ham. You can taste or purchase this delicious, juicy ham at several places in Triberg (for example, at Restaurant Bergseestüble, Clemens-Maria-Hofbauer-Str. 19 ). The locals are so proud of their ham that every September, Triberg holds the Triberger Schinkenfest (Triberg Ham Fest), marked by parades, costumes and rows of stalls selling this delicacy.
Legend has it that in 1644, a little girl named Barbara Francis was cured of her eye disease when she washed her eyes at a spring that used to flow in the spot where the church stands today. A year later, the same spring is believed to have healed tailor Friedrich Schwab’s leprosy. To express his gratitude, Friedrich placed a small statue of Mary in a crack of a pine tree, which was discovered in 1692 by three Tylorean soldiers. Eventually, a simple stone church and finally the current splendid baroque pilgrimage church was built on the spot.
Schwarzwaldmuseum, a few steps away from the Triberg Waterfall entrance, tells you everything you need to know about the truly fascinating corner of Germany – the Black Forest. It takes you on a trip through the history of the Black Forest and teaches you how the locals lived and worked here many centuries back. Also, you can expect to learn all about the local skills of cuckoo clock making and mining, which have earned the region global repute.
Wallfahrtstraße 4, 78098 Triberg, +497722 4434
If you wish to shop (or window shop) for cuckoo clocks, drop in at The House of 1000 Clocks. This cheerful shop stocks an endless series of authentic cuckoo clocks made locally, ranging from tiny to massive, delightfully intricate to elegant and simple, easily affordable to real treasures. The friendly staff are happy to talk to you about the clock mechanisms and also about shipping to your home country.
Hauptstraße 79-81, 78098 Triberg, +497722 96300