The vacation-town of Furtwangen is situated in the heart of the Black Forest; at an
altitude of 870 m it is said to be the highest place in Baden Württemberg.
The highest mountain is the so called "Brend" at 1149 m. From its
tower (pictures) you have great sights to the "Vogesen" and the alps. The different
altitudes from 800 to 1150 m attract the tourists through an abundance of beautiful
views and hiking paths. There are about 100 km of paths and walkways in this district only.
The alternating mild and rough climate is suitable for health cures and holidays, due to
the good bioclimatic conditions throughout the whole year.
Furtwangen is widely known as the "town of clocks". It was here that in the middle of
the 18th century clock manufacturing was developed from individual home factories
into a considerable branch of industry. The
"German Clock Museum",
displays the history of clocks in the area from the beginning to its most modern development.
Once a year there is Europes biggest exhibition for antique clocks (August 26 and 27 2000).
From Neukirch (5km away from Furtwangen) you can get to the 3 km distant Hexenlochmühle (with coven mill).
It was built in 1825 and is a typical example of a beautiful, old Black Forest mill.
The mill has been in the possession of the Trenkle family since 1839 and is now in the hands of the
4th generation. The mill was originally built as a saw mill. The mill
wheels, the larger of which has a diameter of 4 meters, are driven by
the river Heubach (300 litres per second) and can produce 13 HP.
There is a shop inside where you can get:
Black Forest Cuckoo clocks, Black Forest hand painted plate clocks, Home clocks, wooden-nativity models,
hand-carved wooden figures, Country specialities, etc.)
more Information (external Links)
how to get to Furtwangen-Neukirch