Sunday, January 09, 2011

Day 8--Black Forest


One of my favorite pictures taken on the drive through The Black Forest.

Today, we did "The Black Forest' which is he quintessential Germany with beautiful fields and rolling hills, window boxes filled with red geraniums, cuckoo clocks and of course the black forests--which are beautiful! You can see how the dense forest really gave way to this regions name. Because the Black forest region was cut off from the rest of Germany until the last century, I felt like it was the area that most retained the traditional Germany--where it wouldn't be out of character to see men and women in traditional costumes singing the traditional songs all while bringing their cows in from the fields (I did see men and women in traditional costumes, but no cow hearding or traditional singing).

Our first stop of the day was the Black Forest Open-Air Museum. This outdoor museum gave a wonderful glimpse into what the everyday life was like for those living in this region. The museum had about a dozen + houses and other types of buildings buildings (most were over 300 years) that were brought from all over the black forest region. Each house told which region it was from, what it was used for, and how the local region dictated the architecture. Though, almost all black forest houses had these strange roofs called "semi-hipped" that allowed for protection for both the animals and people when a storm hit. This region also built it's houses right into the hillside as it allowed for grain to be easily brought in and dispersed to the animals that shared the house. We were under the impression that we'd see people dressed in native costumes and giving tours, but were a little disappointed that we didn't see anybody. In fact, the whole museum was pretty sleepy (though we don't know if it was because everybody was watching Germany's first game of the world cup).

Wearing one of the traditional hats. If I was married the balls on it would be black instead of red.

The entrance to the open-air folk museum.

The "Hipped roof"

Standing in front of the farmhouse that started the museum. It was built in 1619 and lived in until 1965.

We're not sure why one of the houses had this creepy funhouse/child's play area.

Our last stop of the day was Trieberg, a fun town which is very proud of it's cuckoo clock heritage. It also houses the world's largest working cuckoo clock--it's the size of a small house. But the city and it's cuckoo clocks didn't disapoint and I was amazed by the details and the scope of them.
I really loved this modern take on the classic cuckoo clock.

The city of Trieberg.

This giant clock was outside on the stores.

Downtown Trieberg.

Germany's highest waterfall--Trieberg wasserfall

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