On this tour you will enjoy a lovely tour of Northern Germany’s countryside and the charm and unique historic architecture of many little villages.
Your tour will start by coach at the quayside in Bremerhaven and will proceed along a scenic route through little villages, where the buildings reflect the culture of the inhabitants on the coast, by the river, and further inland. You'll discover villages with 1,000-year-old historic town centers that have been carefully preserved and restored. You will observe the development of framework architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The Deutsche Fachwerkstraße (German Framework Road), the route that links Germany’s medieval timber-framed houses, runs from Lower Saxony in the north of the country to Bavaria in the south. This route is renowned for its highly picturesque half-timbered buildings and a cross-section of timber-frame buildings in the 1,000-year-old villages. You will explore part of this route on this tour. Timber framing (Fachwerk) is the description of how a house is built using mortise and tendon joinery and dates back thousands of years. Timber-framing construction in Northern Europe is characteristic of the medieval era and the early modern period of Denmark, England, Germany, and parts of France, in localities where timber was in good supply and building stone and the skills to work it were in short supply. These countries had strong traditions in the framework, but Germany is the main country that features half-timbered houses.
In these picturesque villages you'll pass by half-timbered buildings and thatched-roof houses that have been lovingly restored. These houses are magnificent buildings, often carved with the name of the owner’s family in the timbers. Elaborate carvings also adorn some of the gates of the holdings that are now independent structures but were once status symbols of an estate.
You will pass through towns that are characterized by centuries-old craftsmanship and have also become famous far beyond the German borders through their trading and beer-brewing traditions. You will make a brief refreshment stop for some tea/coffee and traditional German cake at a typical café or private home.
Plenty of photo stops will be made to capture the picturesque thatched roof houses and other old half-timbered buildings, before you returning by coach to the Bremerhaven quayside.