If you want to escape to another country
you only have to go as far as Wilmot, Ohio. There you will find "Little
Switzerland", sounds of polka music and waterfalls, the savory
aroma of German
and Amish-Swiss dishes housed in the Swiss architecture of Alpine-Alpa
Restaurant, Ohio's Showplace of Cheesemaking.
The Alpine-Alpa is also the home of the World's largest Mechanical
Working Cuckoo Clock. This masterpiece was 12 years in the making
and holds a Guinness Book Record. It measures 23 and half-foot
long and 24 foot high. It cuckoos and chimes on the hour and
half-hour. At the chime a five-piece band made of animated
carvings from Schwarzwald, Germany plays while a mechanical man and
woman dance the polka. It is located on a viewing deck with Gnome
Island, a large display of dwarfs and gnomes for the children to admire
while awaiting the clock's performance.
Alpine-Alpa is open year around but the Cuckoo Clock is in operation
from March to Thanksgiving. It is located at 1504 U. S. Rt. 62,
Wilmot, Ohio 44689. Phone # 216-359-5454. Wheelchair accessibility.