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The Rhenish Open Air Museum at Kommern combines four groups of buildings from Eifel, Westerwald, Lower Rhine and Bergisches Land.

The latter shows an important building: the mansion of the Mannesmann family at Remscheid. Those of us who are a little familiar with the history of German industry will certainly know that the Mannesmann brothers were the first to invent a procedure for the production of seamless steel tubes. They became multi-millionaires and rejected to live in the shown mansion which their grandfather had bought, but kept it until 1916.

A typical house for Bergisches Land: slate covering of the walls, white windows and decoration and the inevitable Bergian green of doors and window shutters.

BTW: German "bergisch" means mountainous, which often applies to that area, but is not the word's root. Bergisches Land used to be a part of the Duchy of Berg instead.

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