Wedding House of Fritzlar, Schwalm-Eder district, Hesse
With increasing wealth and population of medieval towns, private homes and inns became too small to celebrate weedings and other occasions where lots of people came together to have a good time. In many towns, public wedding houses were built that could be rented for such occasions. The wedding house of Fritzlar from 1580 is the largest half-timbered house in northern Hesse (five floors, 33 m / 108 ft long and 12 m / 40 ft wide, roof covered with more than 80,000 tiles). It was built on the stone walls of a 12th century building, the Hainaer Hof, which was a subsidiary of the monastery of Haina.
Renovated in 1996, it is now home of the regional museum showing artefacts of Fritzlar and the surrounding area from the stone age until modern times.
In the courtyard there are several border stones and gravestones, one of them of a merchant, carrying the inscription “Nach vielen mühseligen Reisen bin ich nun worden den Würmern zur Speisen” (“After many exhausting journeys I became now food for the worms”).