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A Day Trip to Triberg in Germany’s Black Forest

By adriana - March 27, 2015 (Updated: March 13, 2015)

Triberg in the Black Forest of Germany

Today Adriana takes us on a day trip through Triberg, in Germany’s Black Forest, featuring giant waterfalls, cakes, and cuckoo clocks.

We recently moved to Germany, after living in Belgium for three years followed by a short, six months stay in the US. We arrived in Stuttgart and, after a week with two kids in a small hotel apartment, we decided it was time to take a day out. Our choice was the quaint town of Triberg im Schwarzwald, a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest.

This was not our first visit to Triberg. We lived in Germany before, and made this trip in the dead of winter – a rather disappointing endeavor due to very cold weather. You would think we would not consider being in the Black Forest in frigid conditions but we thought we knew better. Since nobody had fun the first time, we decided to give Triberg another chance.

Pretty, colourful, Triberg, Germany

Pretty, colourful, Triberg, Germany

Triberg is home to Germany’s highest waterfall, the Triberger Wasserfälle. These spectacular rapids plunge to a depth of 163m over seven cascades. It was quite a sight for our tired, jetlagged eyes. We were not able to hike the entire trail as some parts were closed. Although the weather was superb, there was still plenty of ice and snow in the forest. The price paid for our family of four, for part of the trail, was 5.5 euro – a bargain.

Triberg's waterfall, the Triberger Wasserfälle

Triberg’s waterfall, the Triberger Wasserfälle is Germany’s biggest.

After the hike, we decided to try the Landgasthof Zur Lilie restaurant, right by the waterfall entrance. Yes, it’s made for tourists, decorated with mountain and forest accents, but the ambiance is cozy, with comfortable seating, English speaking staff, and superb food. There are plenty of menu choices: traditional German, wild game hunted on their grounds, Black Forest specialties, vegetarian, and fish.

The Landgasthof Zur Lilie restaurant

The Landgasthof Zur Lilie restaurant, in Triberg, Germany

Hubby tried the pork platter called “Made in Germany,” which was four types of pork with maultaschen. I took a bite and it was yummy but I cannot compare it to what I ordered – the very tender venison fillet with veggies covered in divine sauce, spätzle, and berry chutney. I cannot stress enough how incredible my meal was and how much I recommend it. The venison fillet was literally melting in my mouth, which reminded me of the last time I had something so delicious. It was the reindeer steak tenderized overnight, at Nili restaurant, in Rovaniemi, Finland. I guess I would be stretching it to say my meal was as good as sex but it came very close to it.

Delicious Black Forest cake

Delicious Black Forest cake

We ended with Black Forest cake loaded with kirschwasser (locally made cherry schnapps), so not a kid friendly dessert (although I was tempted to give it to my daughter to temper her disorderly conduct.) Eating the Black Forest cake here made me realize all the other times I had it, they were selling me a lie. The real deal is drenched in schnapps and I prefer it, especially with screaming kids next to me. There are many other desserts on the list so one is not limited to the boozy cake. Overall, the prices, were moderate, with main courses between 19 and 26 euro.

Triberg Black Forest Museum

Triberg Black Forest Museum

Stuffed, happy, and with me a little tipsy, we continued our exploration of this little town. We gave the Triberg Black Forest Museum a try. The museum offers insight into life and work in the Black Forest. The collection includes historic Black Forest clocks from 4 different centuries, as well as unique display of barrel and fairground organs (some of them will play a few tunes in exchange for one euro), peasant costumes, old crafts workshops, a minerals tunnel, and a large diorama of the Black Forest Railway. For the price of 13 euro for a family pass, it was a pleasant way of spending forty-five minutes. The kids were thrilled with the organ music and the mineral tower made to look like a mine.

The House of 1000 Clocks

The House of 1000 Clocks

For one of a kind souvenirs try the House of 1000 Clocks and the Triberger Moden Stadl. The House of 1000 Clocks will have a cuckoo clock for all budgets, while the Moden Stadl offers a huge variety of dirndls for women and girls, and lederhosen for men and boys, all made in Germany. I could have stayed there for hours looking at the beautiful colors. I even ended up getting my daughter an outfit. She was born in Germany and we thought she should look the part.

Triberger Moden Stadl for all your traditional German clothing needs

Triberger Moden Stadl for all your traditional German clothing needs

If you desire Black Forest edible souvenirs, a visit to the Schinkenstrasse is a must. Here you can find Black Forest ham (one of our favourites), sausages, gems, Kirschwasser, and even beer jelly. All of the products are local or made in other parts of the Black Forest.  Sales people at all the stores speak English, which is a plus if trying to speak German is intimidating.

Schinkenstrasse sells plenty of products produced in the Black Forest

Schinkenstrasse sells plenty of products produced in the Black Forest

By the end of the day, we had enough time left to visit the world’s biggest cuckoo clocks. I say clocks because there are two of them, six kilometers apart.

The first one is the original world’s biggest cuckoo clock, in Schonach, three kilometers away from Triberg. You can almost miss it, as it’s nestled between houses. For four euro (kids go free), we were able to go inside and see the huge mechanism and have it explained by the guide, and then waited in the courtyard for the cuckoo to sing. This happens every thirty minutes.

the original worlds biggest cuckoo clock, in Schonach, Germany

The original world’s biggest cuckoo clock, in Schonach, Germany

Because having one world’s largest cuckoo clock in the area was not enough, another one, even bigger was built six kilometers away, in Schonachbach. The bird alone weighs 330lbs or 149kg and was built in the traditional Black Forest way. Here too, you can find a large variety of cuckoo clocks, from traditional to contemporary, along with clothes and other Black Forest products and souvenirs.

The current clock record holder is in Schonachbach, Germany

The current clock record holder is in Schonachbach, Germany

We had a lot of fun in the Black Forest, this time around. The weather was great, there was plenty to do and see, and the food was delicious. And if you travel with misbehaving kids, there is always the kirschwasser cake.

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Adriana
I live in Germany with my husband and two children. I have a big passion for travel and photography. I am most happy when I travel, when I discover new cultures, see new places and try new foods. We have travelled to twenty-seven countries and almost two hundred cities. See some of the photos taken during our adventures at Life in A Suitcase and follow on Google+.
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6 comments

  1. Comment by Winnie Wanders

    Winnie Wanders April 1, 2015 at 20:34

    Looks like a perfect little place for a getaway, maybe a little bit on the cheesy side, but sometimes you just have to let it go and go for it, especially for the kids! I love cuckoo clock culture and it seems like you hit it all at the perfect time of year, and oh my gosh, that meat!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison April 1, 2015 at 21:46

      I agree Winnie 🙂 Sometimes a little bit of cheez can be good… as long as it’s not too overboard! This place just looks super cute to me 🙂

  2. Comment by Adriana

    Adriana April 2, 2015 at 07:56

    Absolutely.Next time I go, it will be so I can have more of that venison. YUM!

  3. Comment by Wendy

    Wendy June 20, 2015 at 10:28

    Thank you Allison, we are traveling to Triberg tomorrow with family and this was SUPER helpful. Also a travel writer, I appreciate short, sweet descriptions and lots of pictures, this is great, THANK YOU!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison June 21, 2015 at 11:25

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Wendy! Adi is our Germany correspondent and she takes great photos!

  4. Comment by Carolyn

    Carolyn July 12, 2015 at 21:14

    Enjoyed reading your family adventures in Triberg! We are visiting this weekend from our home in NRW, Germany (stationed in GK with NATO for the past 2.5 years). I think our 2 year old daughter will enjoy it and heck, it’s another excuse to buy another clock! We’ll make a quick trip back through “Little America” on our way home. Thanks again!

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