A Short History of the Black Forest

samtheguestblogger By samtheguestblogger, 20th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Learn about the history of the Black Forest in Germany.

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Located in the far southwestern corner of Germany, the Black Forest has a rich history—and a mysterious name. Among other things, the Black Forest is known as the home of Black Forest ham, cuckoo clocks, and the birthplace of painter, poet, and novelist Hermann Hesse. Covering an area of over 2,000 square miles in Germany’s state of Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest features some impressive natural scenery and interesting historical facts that draw tourists from around the world each year.
A Wealth of Natural Beauty
Although its total area is relatively small, the Black Forest presents a notable variety of rivers, mountains, valleys, and other beautiful displays of nature. The Black Forest is home to several rivers, including the Danube, the Murg, and the Wiese. A handful of mountains characterize the landscape as well, the two highest peaks being the Feldberg (4,898 ft) and the Herzogenhorn (4,642 ft). Long and short walking paths abound in the Black Forest region, and visitors are treated to views of lush forests of pine, fir, and spruce. Hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing are also popular outdoor activities throughout the area.
The Black Forest also features some spectacular waterfalls, including the Triberg Waterfalls and All Saints Waterfalls. Descending 163 meters, the Triberg falls are one of the highest in Germany and attract thousands of visitors from Germany and abroad. Visitors to the All Saints Waterfalls are able to explore the ruins of All Saints Abbey, which was a monastery built in the Black Forest in 1192.
Always On Time
When visiting the Black Forest, tourists can check out the German Clock Museum, which provides a glimpse into the history of the clock-manufacturing industry and features the work of many Black Forest clockmakers. The tradition of clock making in the Black Forest dates back to the 17th century, when craftsmen began building clocks in the Bohemian style before developing the cuckoo clock in the mid-1800s. As word spread of the quality and precision of clocks manufactured in the Black Forest, demand and production continued to grow at a steady pace until the beginning of World War I. During both World Wars, Black Forest clock production slowed as many of the manufacturing facilities were either shut down or used for war-time necessities. Today, many of the Black Forest cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks, and bracket clocks have become highly sought-after collector items, drawing huge purchase sums on the German and American antique markets.
So whether you’re a nature lover, intrigued by time keeping, or just want an excuse to drink German beer, head to the Black Forest. Just look out for wicked stepmothers, witches, and other villains—the Black Forest is the setting for many of the Grimm Brothers’ spooky fairy tales!

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