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The German Timber-Frame Road (German: Deutsche Fachwerkstraße) is a German tourist route leading from the river Elbe in the north to Lake Constance in the south. Along this road are numerous cities and towns each with examples of the vernacular timber-framed houses traditional to the German states. The route is divided into seven sections, each of which follow the traditional areas of: Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Hesse, Bavaria, and Baden-Württemberg. The total length is nearly 3,000 km (1,864 mi).
In 1975 the 'ARGE Historische Fachwerkstädte e.V.' (Association of Historic Timber-Framed Towns) was founded. Its aim is to preserve the cultural heritage of a huge variety of different styles of half-timbering in Germany. To share this knowledge with other interested people the 'German Timber-Frame Road' (sometimes referred to as the "German Timber-Frame Route") was founded in 1990. In the meantime 98 timber-framed towns have joined up under the slogan "Timber-framed houses unite".
The German Timber-Frame Road runs almost the entire length of Germany and therefore links many varied landscapes, historic cities and carefully restored sites and monuments. Numerous events, festivals and markets throughout the year are publicised as part of the route's attractions.
The German Timber-Frame Road is divided into the following seven regional sections,[clarification needed] roughly from north to south:
- Stade - Nienburg, Lower Saxony - Bad Essen - Stadthagen - Northeim - Einbeck - Bad Gandersheim - Alfeld
- From the river Elbe plains to the Harz mountains (marked dark red on 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 on 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
- Stolberg - Bleicherode - Worbis - Mühlhausen - Wanfried - Treffurt - Bad Langensalza - Vacha - Schmalkalden
- Trebur - Dreieich - Hanau-Steinheim - Seligenstadt - Babenhausen - Dieburg - Groß-Umstadt - Wertheim - Miltenberg - Walldürn - Erbach - Reichelsheim
- Mosbach - Eppingen - Besigheim - Bietigheim-Bissingen - Vaihingen an der Enz - Markgröningen - Marbach - Backnang - Waiblingen - Schorndorf - Esslingen - Kirchheim unter Teck - Bad Urach
- Here the route divides in a western part in the direction of the Black Forest, and a southern part in the direction of Lake Constance:
- - Western Route: From Bad Urach to Herrenberg - Calw - Altensteig - Dornstetten - Schiltach - Haslach
- - Southern route: From Bad Urach to Blaubeuren - Riedlingen - Biberach an der Riß - Pfullendorf - Meersburg
Speyrer Zehnthof in Esslingen am Neckar (Kesslerhaus)
Marketplace in Herrenberg
Jägerhäusle (Hunter’s House) in Schiltach, built on the town wall in 1590
The Wetterburg near Bad Arolsen
Market square of Bernkastel
Timber framed house at the marketplace in Butzbach, built in the 16th century
Box-on-the-ear house, Treffurt
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