Lose yourself in a realm of fairytales, sagas, myths and legends, where the festivities never stop: open-air plays, puppet theatres, fairytale festivals, themed meals and medieval Tafeleyen feasts – and there's even the chance to bump into some of your favourite fairytale characters. The route is a place where childhood dreams spring into life. Where the seven dwarfs and their seven mountains live side by side with daring princes, and fairies will cast a spell on you ,Bump into Little Red Riding Hood Or Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Mother Hulda .Live the dream in Sababurg Castle, where Sleeping Beauty's prince woke her from her enchanted sleep. And experience what it feels like to be Hans in Luck. Who can resist going in search of these beloved characters from our childhood days?
Let the 600km German Fairytale Route transport you to the magical world of the Brothers Grimm, from their birthplace in Hanau to Bremen and its famous four-legged town musicians. The German Fairytale Route offers culture and history, enchanting medieval towns, bewitched castles, fairytale palaces, grottos and museums.
The German Fairy Tale Route is a tourist attraction in Germany originally established in 1975. With a length of 600 kilometres (370 miles), this route runs from Hanau in central Germany to Bremen in the north. Tourist attractions along the route are focused around the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, including locations where they lived and worked at various stages in their life, as well as regions which are linked to the fairy tales found in the Grimm collection. The Verein Deutsche Märchenstraße society, headquartered in the city of Kassel, is responsible for the route, which travellers can recognize with the help of road signs depicting the heart-shaped head of a pretty, fairylike creature.
Mr Romit Theophilus, Director, Sales & Marketing, German National Tourist Office, India adds enthusiastically, “The fairyland route is a must for the young and not so young to relive those childhood dreams and actually savour the excitement of actually being there. Ideally one should drive down the route making stopovers as one fancies and the time available. The year 2013 will see us promoting the fairyland route in collaboration with interested operators.
Some of the major attractions on the fairytale route are :-
BREMEN – Bremen Town Musicians
A much-loved favourite is the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians. Bremen is widely associated with the story of the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster.
It's said to be lucky to touch the donkey's legs, and anyone who does it right is granted a wish. The legs must be rubbed lightly with both hands.
NEUSCHWANSTIEN – Disney Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the Disney Castle, is without doubt the most visited castle in Germany.
Located in the Alps in Bavaria, Germany, in a magnificent landscape, on the top of a hill, overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley, the positioning of the castle is itself a fairytale.
SABABURG – Sleeping Beauty
Sababurg Castle, located in Reinhardswald Park, is referred to as the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Today the building complex includes a hotel, a restaurant and café, a civil registry office and the Sababurg Theatre.
HAMELIN – Pied Piper
Amongst Cinderella and the Lying Baron of Münchhausen, Hamelin is the home of
the darkest fellow from the German Fairytale Route – the Pied Piper.
SCHWALMSTADT - Little Red Riding Hood country
Schwalmstadt amaze tourist at every turn with its lovingly restored half-timbered buildings.
Parts of the old fortifications and the witches' tower at the bottom of Steingasse are reminders of the town's eventful past.