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List of German towns with timber-framed houses

There are approximately 2.5 million timber-framed buildings scattered all around Germany. Most of the traditional houses in major German cities were destroyed by the carpet bombings in WWII. Consequently, the greatest part of the traditional half-timbered architecture surviving today is to be found in smaller towns and villages. These are usually top touristic spots, or, on the contrary, well hidden jewels out of the beaten tracks.

Timber-framed houses in Bernkastel-Kues, Rhineland-Palatinate (© James Janisse | Dreamstime.com)

German Timber-Frame Road (Deutsche Fachwerkstraße)

The German Timber-Frame Road is divided into the following seven regional sections, roughly from north to south:

  • From the River Elbe to the Weser Uplands (marked blue in the map)
    • Stade - Nienburg, Lower Saxony - Bad Essen - Stadthagen - Northeim - Einbeck - Bad Gandersheim - Alfeld
  • From the River Elbe plains to the Harz mountains (marked dark red in the map)
    • Bleckede - Hitzacker - Dannenberg - Lüchow - Salzwedel - Celle - Königslutter - Wolfenbüttel - Hornburg - Bockenem - Osterwieck - Halberstadt - Wernigerode - Osterode - Duderstadt
  • From the Weser Uplands via Northern Hesse to the Vogelsberg Mountains and the Spessart Mountains (marked brown in the map)
    • Hannoversch Münden - Eschwege - Hessisch Lichtenau - Spangenberg - Melsungen - Wolfhagen - Bad Arolsen - Korbach - Fritzlar - Homberg (Efze) - Rotenburg an der Fulda - Bad Hersfeld - Schwalmstadt - Alsfeld - Schlitz - Lauterbach - Grünberg - Lich - Butzbach - Büdingen - Gelnhausen - Steinau an der Straße
  • From the Harz mountains to the Thuringian Forest (marked orange in the map)
    • Stolberg - Bleicherode - Worbis - Mühlhausen - Wanfried - Treffurt - Vacha - Schmalkalden
  • From the river Lahn valley to the Rhine District (marked yellow in the map)
    • Dillenburg - Herborn - Wetzlar - Braunfels - Hadamar - Limburg - Bad Camberg - Idstein - Eltville
  • From the river Rhine to the river Main and the Odenwald mountains (marked purple in the map)
    • Trebur - Dreieich - Hanau-Steinheim - Seligenstadt - Babenhausen - Dieburg - Groß-Umstadt - Wertheim - Miltenberg - Walldürn - Erbach - Reichelsheim
  • From the river Neckar to the Black Forest and Lake Constance (marked red in the map)
    • Mosbach - Eppingen - Besigheim - Bietigheim-Bissingen - Vaihingen an der Enz - Markgröningen - Marbach - Backnang - Waiblingen - Schorndorf - Esslingen - Kirchheim unter Teck - Bad Urach




Complete overview of the seven regional routes of the German Half-Timbered House Road (map by Wolfgang A. Köhler - Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)


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