Calw, the town of half-timbered houses

A succession of impressive half-timbered houses on the Market Square, in Lederstrasse, Altburger Strasse and in the steep, winding alleyways still conveys an impression of what the medieval town might have looked like. Almost the entire centre of Calw is under monument protection. More than 200 buildings are listed houses dating back to the late 17th century. The layout of the town dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries as, after each town fire, the new buildings were built on top of the old foundation walls and cellars.Today, the Christmas Market, the “Calw rocks” concert, Sunday shopping and many other events take place in this impressive setting.

Half-timbered buildings in Southern Germany differ from region to region on account of their great variety of stylistic elements, including the building material used. In Calw, thanks to the surrounding coniferous forests, the weather-resistant timber from fir trees was the material of choice. Stroll through the town with their streets lined with half-timbered houses – either on your own or with a guided tour. Experience the many facets of the South-German half-timbered buildings and in many a place feel the spirit of times long past.

The German Half-Timbered House Road

Calw is one of 30 towns along the Southern German section of The German Half-timbered House Road, leading from Mosbach in the Neckar valley to Sasbachwalden in the Black Forest and Meersburg on Lake Constance.

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Very old half-timbered houses