Sept. 4, 2013 —
Suddenly, the room started to vibrate and a grinding sound was heard. Someone asked if Germany had earthquakes.
The grinding and the shaking grew louder and the sleepy visitors started searching for their shoes in case they had to run.
Without warning, a deafening metallic gong struck 12 times for midnight. It was just outside the open window.
And it repeated itself on the hour for next eight hours as a giant cuckoo clock rolled out its toy soldier with a big drum.
As four yawning, bleary-eyed visitors checked out Saturday morning, the desk clerk tried not to smile when he said that only first-time visitors rented the room by the clock.