In the states of northern Germany, we have a tradition to build houses with the roof made of water reed. (btw. this plant is called Reed, Schilf or Rohr in German)
Once, each house has had such a roof. Than, only the houses of poor people. Nowadays, the situation has changed: only the rich ones can afford such a roof. It lasts approximately 30 years and is a natural air-condition. It keeps the cold outside during winter and the heat outside during summer.
The houses in the image above, are vacation homes and quite new. But, there are still many privat houses around with this kind of roof, too.
Greetsiel has a long tradition of shipping. For centuries people along the costs made their living with fishing, whale catching and long-distance trading. Not only sailors came from these towns, also officers and captains. And these captains usually brought back lots of money (when they came back – lots of men and ships got lost to the sea in those times). So, in each town with a harbour you can find very gorgeous houses, once built by a captain.
Very often, such houses are near to the harbour. Often with a good view to the sea. These houses were to document the wealth of the owner (= builder)
Here we are! The harbour of Greetsiel. This is a very typical image for Greetsiel and for the Germany North Sea coast as well. Although only few of these shrimper fisher boats are left, they are still a symbol for the coast. Here in Greetsiel is the majority of the remaining boats at home. (I told you about it in a past post).