Visiting Triberg in Germany? Looking for the best things to do? For a small town (around 5000 people), Triberg has a LOT of things to do. Including some of the best things to see in Germany!
Triberg is home to the world’s LARGEST and the world’s SMALLEST cuckoo clocks. It’s also home to about 2000 OTHER cuckoo clocks- but don’t let that put you off. There’s also the biggest waterfalls in Germany, an impressive church… and cake.
There’s a lot of cake.
Where is Triberg?
Triberg is in the Black Forest, (South-West Germany)
Why is Triberg famous?
Triberg is famous for having the world’s largest and smallest cuckoo clocks, as well as the highest waterfall in Germany.
What to do in Triberg first?
See The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock
Schonachbach 27, D – 78098 Triberg
This Triberg Cuckoo Clock isn’t just large- it is the size of an entire two-storey building! Yet it’s actually quite easy to pass if you’re not looking for it as all the other buildings around it are characterful too!
The clock ‘chimes’ twice an hour (on the hour and at the half hour).
The store itself is two storeys and FULL of many, many different types of cuckoo clocks and other wooden tools and toys. I heard there is even a clock for sale in there worth 25,000€!!!!! That is a lot of money to spend on a clock.
Believe it or not, there are actually several “World’s Largest Cuckoo Clocks” as stated by the Guinness World Records. However, this one in Triberg was built in 1997 and is newer than many of the others, so it’s widely believed to be the current World’s largest. (And yes, it’s CUCKOO, not COO-COO clock. A common mistake apparently…)
Tour inside the Triberg Cuckoo Clock!
The clock is on the outside of the building and chimes twice an hour. The bird inside the clock is 14FEET long and weighs 330lbs! You can watch the clock without having to pay anything, but if you want to take a guided tour inside it’s 2€pp. Full details and opening times can be found on the website here.
Hike the Triberg Waterfalls- highest waterfalls in Germany!
Schönwälder Str. 2, 78098 Triberg
Yep, the waterfalls at Triberg should definitely be on your list. Although, they’re on a lot of other people’s lists too! Get there early and follow the clearly marked trail, which is about 1.3 miles long. It’s a mostly easy climb and suitable for kids, but be careful of the spray making some parts slippery.
The entrance to the waterfall shuts at 5pm. Unlike Todtnau, you have to pay an entrance fee on these falls (I believe it’s 3.50€) and the opening hours are normally 10am- 5pm.
Eat Black Forest Gateau
Literally any cake or restaurant, anywhere near Triberg, will have Black Forest Gateau (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) for sale. This cake is made with black cherries, chocolate sponge, whipped cream and more cherries! Not the best time to be on a diet! Personally, I’m not a fan, but Mr WB would live in Germany for the Black Forest cake alone.
It’s as good a reason as any to live somewhere I suppose!! 🙂
Where is the world’s SMALLEST cuckoo clock?
Hauptstraße 8, 78098 Triberg
The smallest cuckoo clock in the world is just 5.1 inches tall and weighs only 6.6lbs! I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of cuckoo clocks (love the craftmanship, hate the noise) but this one is just CUTE. You can also buy one as a souvenir if you like (unless you’re clever like us and arrive JUST after the shop had shut for the evening so our daughter couldn’t go shopping. Shame…!)
Visit Maria in der Tanne Church
Cl.-Maria-Hofbauer-Straße 17, 78098 Triberg
This beautiful church is supposedly home to a magical spring (water, not bed) which has healed everything from blindness to leprosy. Whether you believe that or not, there’s no denying this building is beautiful. Set among the trees of the Black Forest, it’s definitely got a spiritual air about it!
Enter the House of the 1000 clocks
Hauptstraße 79-81, 78098 Triberg,
There are many (many!) shops all along this street proclaiming to be the ‘House of 1000 clocks’, but this one is the original.
It’s hard to believe unless you see it, and I dare anyone to try and count, but I’ll readily believe there are 1000 clocks in here. The staff are friendly and happy to let you browse, or they’ll share their knowledge with you if you ask. A great place for souvenirs… maybe we should get one in the motorhome?!?!?
Visit the Black Forest Museum
Wallfahrtstraße 4, 78098 Triberg,
This museum is useful if the weather is being unkind and if you’re interested you can learn all about the way people used to live and work in the Black Forest. You can also learn about cuckoo clock making and mining!
How long should you spend in Triberg, Germany?
You can easily spend a day in Triberg. I think 2 days might be pushing it unless you REALLY enjoy cuckoo clock shopping, but it’s very pleasant for a night.
What to do in Triberg if you only have a few hours or a day?
If you can, get to the waterfalls early and, hopefully, you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds. After that, I’d wait for the chiming of the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, take a photo of the House of 1000 clocks and maybe pop in for a piece of cake.
What NOT to do in Triberg!
Well, don’t do what we did! We left our motorhome at a Stellplatz in Lahr and travelled here on the motorbikes, arriving in Triberg at 5.45pm. I hadn’t taken into account the delay the broken water tank had caused and what time it actually was when we left.
So, unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much at all, and had to ride all the way back! Luckily, we had time to swing past Triberg again later in our trip, so we did actually get to see this pretty town!
How far is it from Baden Baden to Triberg?
About 111km or 90 minutes by road.
Triberg Motorhome Parking Stellplatz
The closest Stellplatz to Triberg is here:
GPS :N 48°8’46.6836” E 8°11’23.244” 48.146301,8.189790
Address :18 Obertalstraße, 78136 Schonach im Schwarzwald
There is Motorhome/ Camper parking in the middle of Triberg for the day here, although some have stayed overnight without problem:
GPS : N 48°7’47.5068” E 8°13’50.0952” 48.129863,8.230582
Address :17 Kreuzstraße 78098 Triberg
Lahr Stellplatz Details:
Other things to do near Triberg, Germany
Triberg is only an hour from Todtnau, one of our favourite places in the Black Forest.
Triberg is also only 80 minutes from Hohenzollern Castle– one of the prettiest castles in Germany!!
TOTAL COST TODAY:
Parking at the Lahr Stellplatz for 2 nights- 12€
Fuel for motorbikes- 17€
Fuel for motorhome- 90€
Shopping (food)- 55€
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