My Home is My Castle


Joined May 2009

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This old building we live in (second floor only). Our Home. Small village / countryside, South-Bavaria. Rural region. In Germany, this kind of building is called “Fachwerkhaus” (English: Timbered Building? – I am not sure).
Bavaria. Oberbayern. Germany.
(Update 01/23/2013: on october 2012, we moved to Switzerland).
This architecture is typical for the Black Forest Area, South Wurttemberg, but there are lots of these buildings also in Bavaria and in Central Germany.
784 views as of Jan 23, 2013.
Single image HDR, 3 steps, EV -1, 0, +1, Photomatix 2.4.
Postworking in PSE7.
Nikon D90 DSLR with Nikkor AF-S 18-105G ED VR. F=10.0 Tv=1/250 FL=18.0/27mm ISO=200.
Featured in a Home Somewhere – June 2010.
Featured in THE WORLD – May 18, 2010.
Featured in Unique Buildings of the World – August 2009.

German tradition or Fachwerkhäuser:
The greatest extant half-timbered structures exist in Germany. Many small towns of majority or entirety of half-timbered houses exist have escaped war damage and modernization.
Some more prominent towns (among many) include: Hanau-Steinheim (the city of the brothers Grimm); Bad Urach; Eppingen “Romance city” with a half-timbered church dating from 1320; Mosbach; Vaihingen ad Enz with a UNCESCO-listed Celtic abbey and monastery; Schorndorf (birthplace of Gottlieb Daimler and perhaps most importantly: Calw which has over 200 17th century half-timbered houses and Biberach an der Riß with the both the largest medieval complex, the Holy Spirit Hospital and the oldest Southern German building, now the Museum of Weavers, dated to 1318. This best exampled by the “fachwerkhauser Strasse” or Timber-Frame Road tour.
German fachwerk buildings are the most varied with a huge multitude of carpentry techniques which have become highly regionalised to be specific per region. Current extensive German planning laws for buildings and regional architectural character preservation dictate that half-timbered house must be constructed authentic to regional or even city specific design or permission is not given. – Wikipedia

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