This significant architectural style emerged in northern Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries and left its mark in this region on either side of the Weser river. An especially fine collection of buildings in the Weser Renaissance style can be found along the upper and middle sections of the Weser. Typical hallmarks of this architectural period are the elaborate decorative facades of the town houses, which are usually front-gabled and adorned with scrolls, pyramids, obelisks, spheres, intricate carvings, friezes with inscriptions and coats of arms, masks, gargoyles and the unique bay windows. The route includes stone-built or timber-framed houses and palaces, stately homes and town halls, all bearing witness to the economic and cultural boom of the period before the Thirty Years War. Comprehensive signposting makes it very easy to follow the route. Among the many sights along the route are Bückeburg Palace and the castles of Detmold, Neuhaus, Bevern and Hämelschenburg. Town halls like the ones in Bremen, Nienburg, Rinteln, Paderborn and Hannoversch Münden give an impression of the splendour of the period, as do the grand town houses in Höxter, Lemgo and Hamelin. The heptagonal mausoleum in Stadthagen, reminiscent of Florentine High Renaissance, is of great art-historical significance. A visit to the Weser Renaissance Museum at Brake Castle is another highlight on a tour of the art and culture of the Weser region.