Fachwerkhäuser, (meaning “framework” houses) are probably something you would associate with Germany if you have never been here, along with pretty blonde women wearing dirndls and delicious beer served with a big plate of wursts. And didn’t Snow White live in a cottage in the woods that looked something like this? If you are interested in learning more about the history and traditions of Fachwerkhäuser, you can read up on them here.

There is something very special in seeing a Fachwerkhaus because they are not as common as one might think. Especially in the larger cities, such as here in Düsseldorf, you probably won’t even spot a single one for miles around. (Shh, don’t tell Sven I measured distance in miles!) There are many historical outdoor-type museums where you can walk around and visit inside these old and restored structures, and those are fun to explore. But after the war, so much in Germany was bombed out that everything had to be made anew. It’s sad when you think about how much was lost, but there are still treasures to find wherever you go.

And, the cities that were rebuilt almost entirely are worth visiting too. Berlin, anyone?