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Schonach in the Black Forest


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Location: Schonach
Einwohner: 4000

The small town of Schonach is known worldwide, and this is mainly due to the world's first largest cuckoo clock, which even made it into the Guinness Book of Records. Year after year it attracts numerous visitors who can marvel at this fascinating piece of Black Forest watchmaking history not only from the outside but also from the inside.

But other excursion destinations such as the Blindensee or the Rohrhardsberg nature reserve are good reasons to spend your holiday in Schonach. On the Nature adventure trail in Schonach young hikers will also get their money's worth.

The beautiful landscape around Schonach invites you to go hiking and cycling, and a comfortable bed is also provided. From the modern hotel complex to the best equipped holiday apartment, there is the right accommodation for every taste. Quaint inns with typical Black Forest flair and small bistros provide sustenance on hiking and cycling tours.

Hiking and relaxing around Schonach

Out of the room, into the forest - that's how you can describe what tourists see on the U(h)rwaldspfad Rohrhardsberg get to see. Numerous Cuckoo in different shapes and colors hanging on trees. They are not only special attractions and exceptional photo opportunities, but also offer nesting places for birds in spring and summer. In winter they are taken down again because they cannot withstand the winter weather conditions. But the Rohrhardsberg U(h)rwaldspfad has even more to offer. The path leads past lush meadows and pastures, forests and moors as well as a waterfall up to Rohrhardsberg, where hikers are rewarded with a breathtaking view.

Legendary Blindensee

If you are looking for peace and relaxation, hike to the Blindensee. Like the 10.000-year-old high moor, it can be reached via forest paths and boardwalks. The legendary high moor lake got its name from its ink-black water, which makes it appear unfathomably deep. The bottom of the Blindensee is completely moor, the first layer of mud is already 60 cm deep. Numerous plants such as cotton grass, rushes, heather, cranberries and sundews grow on its banks. Benches offer opportunities to rest and linger in nature.

During the hike on the Rohrhardsberg, visitors can enjoy a hearty farmer's wasper and a cool drink in the inn on the Schwedenschanze. The outdoor terrace offers a wonderful view while enjoying culinary delicacies from the Black Forest. The hand-carved furniture with decorations in the dining room is also special. The inn is open on weekends and public holidays in summer and from Wednesday to Sunday in winter.

Kurgarten of Schonach

In the climatic health resort of Schonach, it is worth visiting the modern spa garden, which is located in the middle of the town. An adventure playground awaits the little guests there, where they can steer a raft across the lake or play ball on the adjacent meadow, while their parents relax in the bistro with coffee and cake.

1. world's largest cuckoo clock

A visit to the world's first largest cuckoo clock is definitely part of a holiday in Schonach. Clockmaker Josef Dold realized his dream of building a cuckoo clock as big as a Black Forest cottage. The huge handcrafted wooden clockwork that visitors can admire inside the building was a technical masterpiece of its time. The cuckoo appears every half and full hour.

1. world's largest cuckoo clock

Schonacher Langenwaldschanze

From May to October, tourists can climb the Langenwaldschanze in Schonach on Wednesdays and experience how the ski jumpers feel before they jump down. The Nordic Combined World Cup ski jumping competition takes place every year on the 38 m high ski jump.

Images courtesy of Stefan Asal, adellyne - stock.adobe.com and Stefan Asal - Datacreate Asal