What is The Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock?
There are many discrepancies over what or where the Worlds Largest Cuckoo clock is. Several different clocks throughout the world hold Guinness World Records for various titles such as the Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock and the Worlds First Cuckoo Clock. Uhren-Park in Schonachbach and the Dold family's shop in Schonach both hold records for their size. The largest American Cuckoo Clock is located in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
The Eble Uhren-Park
Located in Schonachbach
This cuckoo clock is often claimed the Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock. Functioning just like the clock in your living room, this cuckoo clock’s 150kg cuckoo bird will pop out and call on the half hour and hour. It also has a working mechanical movement just like the one in your living room. The only difference with this clock is that you have to walk inside to view the mechanical mechanism.
Its roots run deep in the tradition and have lasted, even thrived, despite two World Wars and numerous economic crashes.
Founded in 1880, this cuckoo clock is much more than a simple super sized cuckoo clock. It is, in fact, a family owned shop that has been actively contributing to the development of the cuckoo clock and distributing them world wide.
The shop began in the family’s living room and it is said that in the early days, only on Sundays would the living room be cleared of workbenches. The large cuckoo clock was later built by in 5 years by Ewald Eble and his son Ralf.
Now in its fifth generation, the Eble family is proud to show you its 1000sqm show room inside of a cuckoo clock. In addition to the clocks that they sell, they also perform clock repair right in their shop! Don’t speak German? Not a problem! They now offer guided tours in German, English, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.
Here are some fast facts about it:
- Original clock mechanism in the size of 60:1
- Mechanism measures: 4,50 x 4,50 m
- Cuckoo Length: 4,50 m
- Cuckoo Weight: 150 kg
- Pendulum Weight: 100kg
- Biggest diameter of the wheels: 2,60 m
- Total weight of the mechanism: 6 t
- Pendulum Length: 8 m
- Building Time: 5 years
- Scale: 60:1
The Dold Family Shop
Located in Schonach
Guinness Book of World Records
Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock from 1984-200
Worlds First Largest Cuckoo Clock 2000-
Often times known as the first Worlds Largest Cuckoo Clock, this cuckoo is the birthplace for the Dold cuckoo clocks. Dold has been a significant cuckoo clock brand for many generations and it wasn’t long before they accepted the challenge to turn their workplace into a cuckoo clock. It has the oldest super sized wooden movement and was made by the Dold family.
Today it stands as a tourist destination and attracts visitors from across the globe. Josef Dold, who build the clock also has some regular-sized cuckoos on display inside of the massive cuckoo clock. While they will make you a cuckoo clock for your living room, I’m afraid they aren’t taking any orders for super sized cuckoos at the moment ;)
Clockwork: 1,00m x 3,50m x 3,30m
Largest Wooden Wheel: 1.85m
Pipe Height: 1.55m
Pendulum Length: 2.70m
America’s Largest Cuckoo Clock
Located in Sugarcreek, Ohio
As much as we would all like to be able to travel to the Black Forest in Germany, for some it won’t be possible. But! You can see the Largest Cuckoo Clock in America in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Sugarcreek is known as a little Switzerland, and though we all know that cuckoo clocks are really German, we must give the Swiss some credit for their incredible music boxes and chalet design. Anyway, this one was originally built for a restaurant!
It was in 1972 when Hans and Alice Grossenklaus would have the idea that building a massive cuckoo clock to attract more people to their restaurant.
And so it began. The 24-foot tall clock would stand high on a hill behind the restaurant for many years until the restaurant was closed and everything was auctioned off. Selling for $15,000 to Mark Coblentz of Walnut Creek Cheese, the cuckoo clock was off for its next adventure.
The people of Sugarcreek, however, were hoping to have the cuckoo clock displayed in their town. It wasn’t long before Coblentz agreed to donate the cuckoo clock, and it now stands in Sugarcreek as a monument for all to enjoy.
Located on Main Street, it has reached its final destination and is open for tourism. The cuckoo bird pops out at every hour and half hour and the dancers spin around to the cuckoos call. There is even a working water wheel with real water and a band plays a German tune! So next time you pass by Ohio, be sure to drop into Sugarcreek to view America’s Largest Cuckoo Clock! You won’t be disappointed.
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