Model Alsatian houses for sale, Strasbourg, France 12 Dec 2016
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The striking houses of Alsace have a very distinctive look and have come to appear on practically any image of this pretty region abutting Germany in the west of France. Often colourful, these traditional buildings retain a strong Germanic influence. Characterised by half-timbering (or pan de bois) and steeply pitched roofs with flat clay tiles, the building style makes use of the region’s resources. Wood has long been a natural building material in an area with dense forests (Vosges, Haguenau and Hardt), and its insulating properties make it ideal for cold winters. The steeply sloped roofs (up to 60 degrees) prevent snow from collecting. Bright flowers often hang from window boxes, a practice dating to the 18th century. Models of these Alsace symbols can be found at charming Christmas markets throughout the area, including the one in the region’s capital, Strasbourg. Speak with a local expert today to tailor-make an exclusive trip to the city with Insight Guides. Enquire quickly and we'll get you there in time for Christmas too!