timber frame house

Michelstadt is a small town in the Odenwald in Hessen, Central Germany, between Darmstadt and Heidelberg, pop.: ~16,000. It was first mentioned in documents in 741. Its Altstadt (Old Town) features many timber-framed houses, there’s an old town wall, a gothic church, and a few castles around.


Bernkastel-Kues is a well-known winegrowing town on the Mosel river in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany. It’s a health resort and the birthplace of one of the most famous German polymaths, the mediaeval churchman and philosopher Nikolaus von Kues (Cusanus). It lies in the Moselle valley, ~ 50 km from Trier. The earliest evidence of human habitation (3000 BC) was discovered by archaeologists in Kues. About AD 370, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, the Roman poet and teacher at the Imperial court, wrote his poem Mosella. In the first half of the 11th century, Bernkastel had its first documentary mention. Worth seeing is the mediaeval marketplace with its gabled timber-frame houses from the 17th century, among other beautiful sights. 

Lower Brockhampton in Herefordshire sits at the heart of a 687-hectare farmed state. The romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century is surrounded by a moat and entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built between 1530-40. Explore walks through the park and woodland to find ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool and sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area. #nationaltrust


View from Wernigerode Castle towards the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, Sachsen-Anhalt, Northeastern Germany. Described by the German poet Hermann Löns as the “brightly colored town by the Harz”, Wernigerode has an impressive medieval town center with rows of charming timber-framed houses. It’s dominated by a castle that is open to visitors and lies on the German Timber-Frame Road and the Orange Route, a Dutch-German scenic route. The town is a good base for exploring the Harz on foot or by mountain bike. It was first mentioned in 1121 and was granted town rights in 1229. Its heyday came during the 14th/15th century as it grew wealthy through trading in cloth, beer, and brandy. After WW2, it fell on the East German side of the border. In 2004 it celebrated the 775th anniversary.

Marktplatz mit Rathaus, Heppenheim, Hessen, Central Germany. Heppenheim is located on the Bergstraße on the edge of the Odenwald, romantically set on vineyards below the mediaeval Starkenburg castle. It lies between Heidelberg and Darmstadt and was first mentioned in 755 as the center of a Frankish domain. The Altstadt (Old Town) is characterized by timber-frame houses, dating back mostly to the reconstruction after the Nine Years’ War in 1693.