Foto: Das Bergische

Timber-framed and Slate Houses


...These are the “national colours” of the Bergisch region. Quaint houses in exactly these colours are to be found in numerous historic town centres.


In particular, the typical timber-framed houses speak their own language. Black studding traverses the entire house with vertical and horizontal beams, with white plasterwork in between. The windows are adorned with big green shutters. In the case of farmhouses, a green timber-framed front door with a separate upper and lower door is also typical.

But the Bergisch style of building also includes houses with the typical green and black slate façade. In earlier times, the slate façade provided protection against the weather. Depending on the status and wealth of the owner of the house, it was applied to all four walls of the house or only to the side most exposed to the wind.


A fantastic idea for small groups or children’s birthdays: build a typical Bergisch timber-framed wall under expert direction! This offer can be booked at Freilichtmuseum Lindlar open air museum.

Make your own timber-framed house


Timber-framed and slate houses are often to be found in great numbers in the historical town centres. In particular, Bergneustadt, Hückeswagen, Engelskirchen-Ründeroth, Lindlar, Nümbrecht, Wermelskirchen, Wipperfürth and Ruppichteroth boast idyllic, cosy and peaceful town centres. Here, it is worth taking a leisurely stroll through the winding alleyways and stopping off here and there at one of the quaint guesthouses. But you can also find large concentrations of timber-framed houses in the many small villages and hamlets nestled into the expansive forest and meadow landscape. The small community of Bruch in Nümbrecht is well-known for this. Anyone who allows their gaze to run over the hilly landscape to the little village can enjoy the homely Bergisch atmosphere.

Timber-framed villages and historical town centers