The Half-Timbered Houses of Freudenberg

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One of the most interesting old towns in southern Westphalia is the medieval town of Freudenberg located in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, in Germany. The old part of the town called “Alter Flecken” consists entirely of half-timbered houses – about 50 of them, arranged in rows. They are almost the same size, are all whitewashed and have similar-looking slate roofs. Most of these houses are from the 17th century when the town was ravaged by fire and had to be rebuilt. Alter Flecken and its houses are known far beyond the region’s borders. In fact, Freudenberg’s town center is included in the Kulturatlas des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Cultural Atlas of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia) and recognized as a "Building monument of international importance".

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Due to this historical heritage and the surrounding forested mountain range, Freudenberg has been particularly heavily committed to tourism. In addition, the wonderfully mild and gentle climate draws numerous hikers and cyclists to Freudenberg. In the summer there are popular performances on an open-air stage. There is also an art museum and an unusual number of inns and accommodations.

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Sources: Wikipedia / Tourismus NRW / www.quermania.de

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