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Many foreigners asssociate Germany with romanticism, half-timbered houses with red roofs, crooked streets and alleys. Some of them think that these attributes can only be found in Bavaria.

To be honest: Hessia is even more prone to be like that.

The city of Fritzlar in northern Hessia has a reputation as the very place from where Christianisation of northern Germany started. St. Boniface logged an oak which was regarded as a sanctuary by the Chatti in 723.

Despite the minor size of only 15.000 inhabitants, there is an outstanding number of finest half-timbered houses as well as an almost completely intact town wall. The five storey Hochzeitshaus (or wedding house), erected 1580-1590, has a layout of 33 x 12 m. It is one of the biggest half-timbered houses in Hessia and gives testimony of civil wealth during 16th and 17th century. It was used for weddings, christening feasts and similar events, which might last for several days.

Taken on film with Canon A1, scan from paper print.

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