The Bergisch Triad

Black, green and white – this is the so-called “Bergisch Triad” of colours on old houses in the Bergisch Land, the omnipresent image in the old town centres in the Bergisch triangle. A typical Bergisch house embodies elements from the late Baroque, Rococo, and Empire styles, and was built between 1750 and 1850. The characteristic features of the half-timbered houses are their black slate roofs, their glowing green shutters and their brilliant white window frames and door frames.

A visit to the Remscheid suburb of Lennep or the Solingen suburb of Gräfrath, the Wuppertal suburb of Beyenburg and other old town centres in the region is rather like a journey back in time, with the cobbled streets, village fountains, narrow alleyways and steep steps. Complete sections of Bergisch towns have been preserved and lovingly restored.