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Germany: Texture and Tradition

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I recently vacationed in Germany, where I was born and raised. I visited my father who lives in the Harz Mountains and stopped in Berlin as well. When it comes to the country’s design, the element I’m most enamored with is the texture. Exteriors of homes, some hundreds of years old, are a mix of different materials. The traditional architecture is often accented with flowers in an array of colors.

Not only did I see historic places, such as the Wernigerode Castle, but I was reminded of my family history, as well. Enjoy my photos:

German Architecture

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A hotel in Bad Sachsa, a small town in the Southern Harz Mountains. Notice the half-timbered frame, flowers, and tiled roof. I especially love the curved wood beams over the balconies.

German design

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An ornate building on the main shopping street in Wernigerode, probably fully carved by hand. Amazing!

traditional German home

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A balcony in Bad Sachsa housing a witch (very Hansel and Gretel but actually a reference to the Brocken Mountain. Supposedly witches live there and meet once a year for Walpurgisnacht)). By the way in Germany you will frequently see a “witch” hanging in the kitchen, which is said to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Traditional German village

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A view of a small town in Germany, full of red tile roofs.

German woodworking

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A bank in downtown Wernigerode.

German woodworking

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A closer view of the bank. Look at the details!

traditional german architecture

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The Bad Sachsa Town Hall bearing the city crest.

Bad Sachsa Germany flowers

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My father’s home in Bad Sachsa.

Beautiful landscaping

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The view from my father’s veranda.

Traditional German architecture

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The home my grandfather was born in, located in Bad Sachsa.

Traditional architecture Harz Mountains.

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A house in Bad Sachsa.

German design details

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A close-up reveals the year that the house was built.

German Castle

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Wernigerode Castle. Once a Medieval fortified castle, it was rebuilt in a Neo-Romantic Gründerzeit design in 1893.

Traditional German interior design

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The interior of the castle. Full of texture.

Wernigerode Castle Dining Room

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The dining room in the castle. Pretty much all rooms appeared to be either original or carefully restored.

Wernigerode Castle Ornate Dining Room

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The dining room features an opulent chandelier, incredible architectural features, and beautiful murals.

Traditional church Germany

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The exterior of the St. Nikolai Church in Bad Sachsa. On my father’s side i have records dating as far back as the 1700s of relatives which were either married or baptized in this Church.

Church ceiling 1700s

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The church ceiling.

18th century German church

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Another example of texture in the interior of the St. Nikolai Church.

Traditional German window box.

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One of my favorite aspects of German exteriors, window boxes. This one features “Ivy Geraniums”, which is probably the most popular plant for window boxes there.

Traditional architecture Germany

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The Wernigerode Town Hall.

German architectural details

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View of the Town Hall’s architectural details.

Berlin Street Sign

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My maiden name (:

More photos to come in future installments. What do you think of the architecture, texture, and traditional design?

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Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

9 thoughts on “Germany: Texture and Tradition

  1. Such great pictures! I like your father’s home in Bad Sachsa. I like the entrance with wine stairs.

  2. Truly enjoyed the photos and reading about them. Makes me long to go back and visit.

    • Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully you’ll get back there for a visit soon. It always nice when I’m able to go back home and spend some time in an entirely different environment.

  3. Such wonderful photos! Love the differences in texture as well. Thank you for sharing!

    -VP
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/visualphilosophy

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  5. There is not so many other countries that have such well recognized traditional architecture with wooden fachwerks and beautiful carved details! Thanks for letting us traveling to your native country. There is nothing more beautiful than home.

    • Beautifully said, “There is nothing more beautiful than home.” So true. Whenever I visit Europe I’m always drawn to the hand carved details. So much time, precision, and creativity goes into it.

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