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Culture and traditions

A distinct culture of crafts and traditions developed in the Black Forest due to its remoteness in the past and long cold winters.

For centuries this was a major center of clock making and the clocks were carried on frame backpacks and sold throughout Europe as far away as Turkey.

The region is also closely associated with Alemannic traditions of partying long and hard at Fasnet (Mardi Gras). In every small village or hamlet there are carnival guilds, which often turn the “fifth season of the year” into a wild and crazy event.

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