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Fairy Tale Road (Märchenstrasse)

From Bremen to Hanau is the land of the Brother's Grimm. In the early 19th century, the people in these towns told their stories to Wilhem and Jacob Grimm, who wrote some of the best beloved fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin, The Piped Piper of Hamelin, Hansel and Gretel. Younger kids will enjoy these towns and shady forests along the way. And before you go, you'll want to read your favorite tales.
Bremen Town Musicians
  Bremen – In Bremen, head for the statue of the Bremen Town Musicians – the rooster perched on the cat, who is standing on the dog, who is standing on the donkey. You can imagine these animals "singing" to the robbers. Look for puppet shows around town.
  Hameln (Hamelin) – According to legend, in the 14th century, a mysterious stranger rid the town of rats, but when the town refused to pay, the piper led the children out of town, never to be seen again. At the Hochzeithaus (Wedding House) the carillon has mechanical figures of the Pied Piper. In the afternoon, the clock and carillon play, and the figures move. Look for bread in the shape of cute little rats in the bakeries.
 

Sababurg – This 14th century castle (Dornroschenschloss Sababurg) in the middle of the Rheinhard forest (Rheinhardswald) looks like a "Sleeping Beauty" castle. There are ruins, extensive gardens and forests to explore (who knows, you might find Sleeping Beauty) and children's playground. Kids will have fun at the charming Tiergartenpark Sababurg, a zoo with with wild boar, eagles, reindeer, Przewalski horses, European elk (and more), plus petting zoo.

   

Trendelburg – The castle in Trendelburg has a circular tower, the perfect spot to pretend that Rapunzel will lean out and let down her long hair.

Gottingen – The Brothers Grimm were professors at the University of Gottingen. In the center of town (central Markt), you'll find a statue of the little goose girl, Ganseliesel. For a bird's eye view of the city (Sundays only), climb up the tower of the Johanniskirche (St. John's Church). Or take a walk under the lime trees along the old ramparts of the city.
Kassel – Start your visit with a quick stop at the Brother's Grimm statue, then make your way to the Palais Bellevue which houses the Bruder Grimm Museum (Museum of the Brother's Grimm). In the museum you can see an original manuscript of the Fairy Tales. From the museum, go over to the Karlsaue park along the river Fulda, the perfect place to run around.
  If you like a mysterious fairy tale forest, visit the grounds of the Bergpark Wilhelmshohe, the summer palace of Wilhem II, and don't miss the Devil's Bridge (who knows what might be hiding underneath the bridge).

Steinau an der Strasse – The Brothers Grimm grew up in Steinau. Look for Grimm figurines around town and puppet shows at the Marionettentheater. The Museum Bruder Grimm Haus, is the half- timbered house where the Grimms lived. The Renaissance Schloss has dioramas from the fairy tales, and a nice tower to climb up for a view of Steinau. If you want a day of fun at an amusement park (suited to little kids), visit the Erlebneispark outside of Steinau. The park has a petting zoo, small train, rides, and play areas.

    Hanau – Hanau (just outside of Frankfurt) is the birthplace of the Brother's Grimm. In the center of town is a statue of the Brother's Grimm. In Wilhelmsbad park, don't miss the Hessian Doll Museum which has a lovely collection of antique dolls.
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Rumpelstiltskin kids fairy tale road germany  
Rumpelstiltskin
Paul O. Zelinsky

A miller's daughter is stuck trying to spin straw into gold. Rumpelstiltskin helps her out, but wants her first born child. Fabulous illustrations, especially the gnomish Rumpelstiltskin. (Picture book)

 

     
Hansel and Gretel
Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

Imaginative retelling of Hansel and Gretel, two children lost in the forest with only a trail of bread crumbs and an evil witch who wants to eat them. The gingerbread house with frosting roof and sugar pane windows is spectacular. (Picture book)

 

 
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Snow White fairy tale Germany  
Snow White
Brothers Grimm, Charles Santore

In this best-loved story, Snow White is banished to the forest by her evil stepmother. The story is familiar, but original, fabulous illustrations take you into a fairy tale wood, where Snow White runs safely with the wild boar, and the seven dwarves weep real tears over Snow White, set against a Bavarian panorama of autumn foliage and endearing wildlife. (Picture book)

 

     
Iron Hans
Stephen Mitchell, Matt Tavares

A young prince leaves his castle to follow Iron Hans, a wild man living in the forest. While guarding a magic spring, the boy’s hair turns to gold, but Iron Hans sends the prince into the world to learn what it's like to be poor. A spirited adventure, striking illustrations steeped in rusty brown and golden light. (Picture book)

 

 
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germany kids fairy tales The Pied Piper of Hamelin  
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

Rats swarming through the streets of Hamelin Town, the colorful Piper appears with a twinkle in his eye, and the greedy townspeople who lose their greatest treasure – the children. (Picture book)

 

     
The Bremen Town Musicians
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Bernadette Watts

A hard-working donkey runs away to set up his own band of musicians. He meets up with a worn-out dog, a droopy cat, and an old rooster. When the animals surprise a bunch of robbers in the forest, it's a humorous outcome! (Picture book)

 

 
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The Elves and the Shoemaker germany kids fairy tales  
The Elves and the Shoemaker
Brothers Grimm, Jim LaMarche

A poor shoemaker has only enough leather for one pair of shoes, but overnight, the shoes are beautifully made. Who are the mysterious cobblers – tiny elves. Such gorgeous illustrations, you'll want a pair of elf-made shoes. (Picture book)

 

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