history of the Drubba family began when Klaus and
Ursula Drubba came to the town of Titisee and started
to work with the Hansen company in the Titisee Hotel,
which was then combined with a small shop and boat
hire. In 1973 the Drubba family became self-employed
and enlarged the shop and added on a restaurant. The
boat hire started off with the boat "Götz von
Berlichingen" in 1976 and in 1980 the new boat
"Titus", the replica of a Roman Galley was launched.
In 1978 the Restaurant "Zur Mühle" and the Black
Forest Clock Center were built, which today holds the
shop "Peter Drubba". In the eighties hotels were
built. In 1983 the Alemannenhof was opened and in 1986
the Hofgut Sternen Hotel. In 1988 a shop and
glassblowers shop were integrated into the Hofgut
Sternen complex. Klaus and Ursula Drubba passed the
business on to their sons, Olaf, Juergen, Peter and
Thomas in 1996 and in the year 2004 a second retail
business was opened in the town of Regensburg and in
2006 a further hotel, the Maria von Marschall became
part of the Drubba company. The company "Drubba Hotels
& Tourism" started off as a family business and now is
a business with a staff of over 100 persons.
At one of the travel events in Prague, Czech Republic,
our Editor Subhash Motwani spoke to Ursula Drubba and
here is what she had to say -
How old is Drubba and
what is Drubba all about?
Drubba was founded around 1955 in the Black Forest-
Germany's most popular holiday destination. It started
as a shop selling souvenirs and offering boat trips on
Lake Titisee. Today we have two hotels and there are
several groups which stop over at Drubba for lunch and
for souvenir shopping in the region of Regensburg. The
clocks available at our Black Forest Clock Center
offers a wide selection of cuckoo clocks, wall clocks,
grandfather clocks and here you can also see a 15
minute demonstration of the story of the development
of the making of the cuckoo clock. The Cuckoo clocks
are made in a place around 6 kilometers away from
Titisee known as Hönes cuckoo clocks. They are very
famous and they make original black forest clocks.
The basic thing we started was selling cuckoo clocks
for the first time. We first started in a little kiosk
in Titisee, selling souvenirs and then we started
selling cuckoo clocks. That was the basic beginning of
our business. And also very important that the clients
who arrive in Frankfurt and on their way to
Switzerland don't go thru' Germany but stop at Titisee,
so they have 2 hours to enjoy the very fine nature,
the valley and the Black Forest region. We get almost
30000 tourists per year and most of them shop to have
lunch and shop at our souvenir shops.
What kind of cuisine or
food is generally served?
We have choice of European, Indian as well as
vegetarian cuisine. We also have an Indian chef who
can cater to the needs of the Indian traveller. And if
we are told in advance that there is a group of 4 to 6
Indians coming for a meal, we could organize the same
on prior intimation.
What is the best time
to come to this region?
I would say from end of April right upto the end of
October. That's the main spring and summer season
until autumn. The weather is nice, it is pleasant, you
can go out and see the beautiful area, in the winter
time everywhere there is the rain and snow of course,
but it is still lovely. And the lake freezes over in
the winter and it's beautiful; the lake is frozen and
you have blue sky above and it looks great. You can
even go ice skating during winter.
summer is the time when most Indians visit Europe,
what are the activities one can do in the region of Titisee?
In summer, you can go swimming and then you can go on
the boat around the lake. We have two boats. One of
them is a replica of the Roman galley, because a Roman
was supposed to have found lake Titisee over 2000
years ago and he gave it his name and that's why one
of our boats is a replica of a Roman galley. And you
can go around the lake, it is a battery run boat,
there is no oil or motorboats on the lake. And then
you can also get a small paddle boat or battery run
boat to go around the lake yourself if you want. To
experience various activities I would recommend that
the visitors to the region spend atleast one or two
nights to enjoy the area and see the different places
around. We are quite centrally located and after
stopping at Titisee, you can go to either Switzerland,
Austria or even France. You can go to Lake Constance
as it is not far away either, and we are not very far
away from Freiburg which is a beautiful city, very
historic located on the western edge south of the
And is your entire
family involved in the business?
Yes, Klaus and myself, we started it and now our three
sons are also in the company - one of them looks after
the hotel and the other two sons take care of the
shops and the incoming tourists.
- The Pearl in the Black Forest
is a world famous morainic lake which is believed to
have been a glacier left over from the last Ice Age.
The village of the same name nestles on the shore of
the lake where you will find Drubba. Besides, it's
cuckoo clocks and the boat trips along the lake, the
region is famous for its culinary delights including
the world famous Black Forest cake as well as the cosy
“zur Mühle” restaurant serving traditional German
cuisine. Titisee lies in the heart of the Black
Forests, surrounded by dark fir trees, fairly tale
woods and flowering meadows. It draws it's
name from a
famous Roman General who discovered the lake Titisee
around 41 A.D.
Currently, the area has the Hofgut Sternen, a Best
Western Hotel and the Alemannenhof Holiday Apartments
by the Lake comprising of family apartments and suites
which are fully equipped with kitchenettes and free
use of pool and sauna for the residence of the hotel.
The region of Titisee is one of the most popular
holiday destinations in Germany. It is located in the
south western state of Baden-Württemberg.The capital
of Baden Württemberg is Stuttgart- one of the
important cities of Germany.