Go cuckoo for Black Forest clocks

Go cuckoo for Black Forest clocks

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Europe

Since moving to Germany, you have probably heard the buzz about Black Forest grandfather and cuckoo clocks. In the early 18th century, the Black Forest became known for its fine-quality wood and clocks. Originally, the clocks were built with wooden movement pieces but are now made with metal and brass for better durability. There are many grandfather and cuckoo clock producers, but none of them compare to the intricate beauty of the clocks that originate from the Black Forest.

These masterpieces are among the most exported products from Germany. They make perfect holiday gifts for friends and family. Grandfather and cuckoo clocks are also great additions to your home, and wonderful keepsakes to remember your time in Germany. Luckily, there is no need to drive to the Black Forest to purchase these beautiful souvenirs.

You can find grandfather clocks at the Heidelberg Clock Factory in Oftersheim. This factory is well-known for reliable service and gorgeous grandfather clock designs. Owner Ed Helefe, known as Mr. Ed, has been selling to the U.S. military community for more than 40 years. All of the grandfather clocks are made with top grade, real wood derived from the Black Forest. He designs and constructs each grandfather clock piece by piece in the factory. You can even add your own unique designs to the grandfather clock of your choice. Mr. Ed also has some of the lowest prices in Germany.

According to Mr. Ed, “Customers come in, walk around and look at our clocks. We are here to answer questions and help them if they need our assistance. I might get carried away in talking about my clocks, but that´s because I love them all.” The Heidelberg Clock Factory is open to the public on Saturdays, U.S. holidays and by appointment.

Shopping for a Black Forest cuckoo clock? Stop by the House of Clocks in Kaiserslautern. The House of Clocks sells cuckoo and grandfather clocks in store and online. Worldwide shipping enables you to send some to family and friends
back home. For cuckoo clocks, you can choose from one-day, eight-day or quartz clocks. One-day clocks need to be wound up every 24 hours. Eight-day clocks need to be wound up every eight days. Quartz clocks do not need to be wound up because they are battery operated.

Each cuckoo clock is uniquely handcrafted with exquisite details. The cuckoo clocks play beautiful bird-chirping tunes every hour and half hour, depending on which one you purchase. The House of Clocks is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whether you make a trip to Mr. Ed’s Heidelberg Clock Factory or to the House of Clocks, you will find a few beauties to bring home.

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