Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript

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Jason: Our trip consisted of a few areas. I know one of which you’ve already covered but we’d like to talk about again. So we started our trip and we actually went into the Black Forest. And the typical Black Forest tourist trail takes you to Baden Baden, which is where the rich and the glamorous do their baths and their spas.

Chris: Right.

Jason: But we decided to go off the beaten path and we went to a town called Triberg, which has the distinction of two very interesting tourist attractions. One is it has the highest waterfall in Germany and there’s a little family friendly trail that you can hike up. It only takes about probably 20-30 minutes to hike up the trail to see the waterfall. And then the second and probably the more well known thing for the Black Forest is it’s the home of the cuckoo clock. In fact, right outside of Triberg is the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock.

Chris: And when we say World’s Largest?

Jason: Yes, it is physically the world’s largest working cuckoo clock.

Janie: Yeah, it’s the size of probably a small shed. And you can actually walk into it and tour it which is really neat because you see all the gears moving and you see how it works and it’s sort of like being I don’t know in Santa’s workshop in a way because it’s very cute and they have somebody there that explains to you exactly how the clock works and what makes the cuckoo go and it was really, really cool.

Chris: Ok.

Jason: And there’s actually a bellows that is depressed which is what makes the cuckoo sound and then there’s a gear with gradually wider opening teeth so that the cuckoo stays out longer. So the gap between 11 and 12 is much larger than the gap between 2 and 3 and that’s how the cuckoo bird knows to stay out longer. The other interesting thing about the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock is that it actually loses about four minutes a day so they have to pull on the weights about every six hours in order for it to keep running and then it loses times everyday so they have to make an adjustment at the beginning of the day before all the tourists come in.

Janie: A little secret.

Jason: After we did Triberg, we went to a little small town called Gengenbach, which is home of several wineries. So Germany’s got a fairly thriving wine industry. Probably the most well known would be the Riesling. So we went to Gengenbach. There is a very, very attractive old town square. All the old town squares are called altstadt. A-L-T-S-T-A-D-T.

Chris: Un-uh. Old City.

Jason: Most of your German cities have them. Sort of like the old town square. And so this one’s just got a very interesting little town square with gates on both sides and then as you go outside of the gates, you see a lot of wineries. There are a couple of places that are distributors of the wines so you can go in and do the wine tasting without having to go from winery to winery. So it’s a wonderful area. You can walk the entire town and it takes about a day to do.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

One Response to “Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript”



I just returned from Bavaria and visiting numerous Kringle marts. Rothenberg was by far my favorite. Maybe you could answer a question for me…..there were stalls selling rows and rows of “rusty”chocolate tools and were quite popular with the locals, do you know if this is a tradition, and the history behind it? I bought an assortment, but never got the chance to ask the seller the significance……

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