When you’re looking to buy an authentic cuckoo clock the huge amount of varieties in the clocks can be a bit overwhelming to a lot of people. In order to make your life easier, we have created this page so we can inform future clock owners what they can expect and what they should look for when purchasing a Black Forest cuckoo clock.

Different Types of Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo clocks are produced in many different types of design style, movements and/or music. We have compiled a list of the most famous kukuclock types that there are on the market today:

Also known as “classic” or “(hand) carved”. These hand-carved clocks mostly come in themes like wild animals and nature or hunting.

This style of clocks originates in Switzerland since the end of the 19th century and there for also know as Swiss cuckoo clocks. They can be found in three basic styles: Swiss chalet, Black Forest chalet and last but not least the Bavarian chalet.

These clocks were introduced to the market by Rombach & Haas in the year 2005. They are available in many different designs and can be found with mechanical one day or eight day movements or digital quartz movements. Popular designs of modern coocoo clocks are: bird house clocks, bamboo clocks, silhouette clocks, rhombus clocks and pyramid clocks.

With their recognizable looks the railway house clocks are very popular under the cuckoo clock owners and collectors but they are also valuable for the die-hard antique clock collectors.

Movements of the clocks

Music & Animation

One of the favorite aspects for cuckoo fans and collectors is when clocks are playing music along with animations in the shape of moving characters like wood choppers, beer drinkers, dancing couples, kissing couples or moving trains. For the music part are the most common songs that are playing ”Edelweiss” and “The Happy Wanderer”. Check out our catalog to see our amazing clocks with animations and music.

Clocks with night shut-off

There are two main shut-off options which are automatic or manual. The manual option needs to be shut-off every night and the clock will remain silent unless you manually switch it back to the sound position. The automatic night shut-off clock has 3 options: ON, OFF and automatic. If you set your clock to the automatic position, it will be silenced for 10 to 12 hours.

Cuckoo clock brands

At Cuckoo Meister we only want the best for our customers. That’s why we are only selling clocks from the best factories from the Black Forest. We offer a large selection of high quality clocks from these cuckoo clock manufacturers:

Trenkle Uhren
• Hönes
• Hubert Herr
• Engstler
• Hekas
• Rombach & Haas
• August Schwer
• Anton Schneider


All of the cuckoo clock brands we are offering are a member of the “Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Association” or in German the “Verein die Schwarzwaldurh”(VdS) . This is an organization that was founded in 1987 in the Black Forest region of Germany in order to protect the traditional mechanical cuckoo clocks. They are representing about 90% of all the clock makers of Black Forest Clocks and also the hosting the annual "Cuckoo Clock of the Year" event.

The traditional clocks that are manufactured by the brands associated to the VdS will always carry a Certificate of Authenticity with the official seal logo of the VdS. They normally have a 2-year manufacturers warranty and be repaired at worldwide cuckoo clock repair shops. Some of the coocoo clock brands that are with the association are also manufacturing battery operated quartz clocks and modern cuckoo clocks. Although they are representing the same high quality, they do not have the official VdS seal even though the logo is on the mechanical movement part.