Stops for clocks
Clock watchers with a car and time on their hands may want to drive the scenic Deutsche Uhrenstrasse (German Clock Rd.) through the Black Forest from Villingen-Schwenningen to Bad Duerrheim, find more about the route at www.deutsche-uhrenstrasse.de. Triberg is one of the stops on the 320km (200-mile) circuit, along which you find all kinds of museums and sights related to clocks. One of the most interesting stops is the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum (German Clock Museum), Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1, Furtwangen ([tel] 07723/920-117; www.deutsches-uhrenmuseum.de). In addition to the world’s largest collection of Black Forest clocks, the museum has timepieces from all around the world and from all eras. The museum is open daily April through October from 9am to 6pm, and November through March from 10am to 5pm. Admission is 4€ for adults, 2.50€ for students.
From Cake to Sausage: Black Forest Treats
The famous Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake), the thick, chocolaty cake flavored with cherry preserves, is one of the specialties of this region that’s so close to France and Switzerland and something of a culinary crossroads. If you want to sample other regional specialties, look for Zwetchgentorte (plum pastry), Zwiebelkuchen (onion tart), Schwarzwald Schinken (Black Forest smoked ham), meat and fowl dishes with creamy sauces, and wild game such as venison and boar. Most restaurants make their own Hauswurst (sausage) and guard the recipe.
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