Triberg Travel Blog› entry 5 of 9 › view all entries
These photos were taken in and around Triberg in the Black Forest. It is such a beautiful place - rolling hills covered in pine trees with little villages nestled in the valleys. Almost every small town has some sort of large manufacturing facility providing jobs and income to the region. All the villages are clean and well kept and beautiful, with flower boxes in every winow. My uncle was seeking out a woodcarving shop in Triberg because it had the best Schnapps he'd ever tasted. German Schnapps is different than our Schnapps in the states. It is much stronger and is used as dessert for supper. It is very sharp and is supposed to aid digestion after a big meal.
We stopped at the world's largest cuckoo clock because it was about 5 minutes to the hour. What a disappointment! You had to pay to see it! I was too cheap to pay 2 Euros for 30 seconds of entertainment, so I took my cousin around the back. But they put up a tall fence so you can't really see anything. If you've never seen a cuckoo clock, the bird comes out and cuckoos once for every hour that has passed. Its not very exciting in the first place and probably not worth your money. Just go to a clock shop and watch them there for free. Besides, I have a small clock at home I can watch.
Anyway, Triberg has a set of waterfalls you can hike to and a ton of little tourist shops and stands selling brightly colored things. Lots of woodcarvings and cuckoo clocks as that is what the Black Forest is known for. The downtown area was a bit busy for us, since we were just looking for schnapps. We didn't dare take two rowdy little boys into an area with lots of people and lots of breakable things. If I had been alone, I would have liked to have shopped there. I'm sure there were lots of nice (and overpriced) souvineers.