Welcome to #QuirkyOhio, our 2017 blog series highlighting Ohio’s odd, unusual and downright wacky experiences, places and events. Follow along as we profile some of the quirkiest parts of the state!
Looking for a good time? You’ll find it atop the world’s largest cuckoo clock in Sugarcreek, Ohio. The town has been dubbed the “Little Switzerland of Ohio” for its Swiss and German heritage.
Built more than 40 years ago, the unique timepiece stands at a whopping 24-feet-tall. The giant cuckoo was originally located in Wilmot, but moved to Little Switzerland in 2010. Read more about the story behind the move and how the clock was restored to its full glory with the helping hands of the local community.
The clock is nestled among a beautiful and quaint main street setting in Sugarcreek. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, check out Dutch Valley Restaurant or peruse the Swiss Village Time Shop to find your very own cuckoo clock. If you’d like to see the rest of the countryside, hop on a horse-drawn carriage to learn more about the history of Amish Country.
Don’t forget to bring your polka shoes so you can dance to the music of the wooden quintet band “The Swiss Hilltoppers,” who pop out for a performance every 30 minutes. Check out this video of the clock in action, but don’t be fooled—there’s nothing quite like experiencing this quirky cuckoo in person!
Tick-tock-tick-tock. There’s no time like the present to make a fun and quirky trip.
What are some of your favorite unique and unusual spots in Ohio? Let us know in the comments below!