Sample Itinerary
The German Fairy Tale Road
See the towns and landscapes that were the inspiration for the Brothers Grimm fairy tales Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and many more.

7 to 10 days

Spring, Summer, Autumn

2 to 4 star

Frankfurt to Steinau:

Step back in time to a fairy tale town with a street of medieval half-timbered houses, a splendid renaissance castle, a puppet theatre and a magnificent town hall. This is the magical town where the collectors of some of the best loved children's fairy stories spent their formative years. Here is where the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm spent their childhood. 

Steinau to Schwalm Region:

The region along the Schwalm River is the setting for Little Red Riding Hood's adventure. Hike through forests dark and deep, and visit the museum of Ziegenhain, where you can see the traditional costumes that might have even belonged to Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. 

Kassel to Gottingen:

The Brothers Grimm worked at the University of Gottingen; visit the central square of the romantic old town and look for the statue of the little goose girl - some say it's the most kissed statue in the world (for luck).

Gottingen to Trendelburg:

From its exquisite castle, to its fairy tale inspiration, you are certain to enjoy the dreamy wonder of this special town. Trendelburg Castle is an absolute highlight of any trip here. This picturesque castle has it all - the drawbridge, crumbling old walls, and most famously, a soaring tower. It is this tower, according to local legends, where the famous words, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" were uttered.

Trendelburg to Castle Sababurg:

This 650-year old castle was where Sleeping Beauty slept for 100 years before a kiss saved her. You too can spend the night here. The castle is now home to a romantic hotel, surrounded by a lush park with ancient oak trees and tall ferns. In summer, there are theater performances in the castle's courtyard. 

Castle Sababurg to Hamlin:

The picturesque town of Hamlin was the setting for the folk tale of the Pied Piper, a rat catcher who lured the town's children away, never to be seen again. Visit the rat catcher's house, enjoy the cute rodent shaped cookies from the local bakeries, and marvel at the old Glockenspiel at the "Hochzeitshaus" (Wedding House) that reenacts the legend of the Pied Piper. 

Hamlin to Bremen: 

The city of Bremen is the last stop on the Fairy Tale Road and home of the Bremen town musicians, the witty animals that outsmarted the thieves. Visit their statue on the central town square.