Welcome to The Fairy Tale Road
The Fairy Tale Road follows a meandering 370-mile (595km) route
that traces the path of famous storytellers the Brothers Grimm.
Many people don't realise that the Brothers Grimm didn't simply
invent their famous stories, but recorded and collected local
legends and folk tales from their homeland near Frankfurt. Between
charming villages and well-preserved medieval towns, Germany's
Fairy Tale Road wanders through lush forests and Gingerbread houses
that were the original homes of well-loved characters like Sleeping
Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.
Starting in the town of Hanau, where Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm
were born, visitors can explore attractions like the Brothers Grimm
monument in the town square, the Puppet Museum at Williamsbad, the
Marienkirche where Jakob was married, and the Phillippsruhe Palace,
which hosts performances of the fairy tales (though mostly in
The next town on the journey is Steinau, where the brothers
spent their youth; and Marburg, a university town where they began
to research local legends for their collection. Further on the town
of Kassel is home to the Brothers Grimm Museum; nearby Baunatal was
the home of Dorothea Viehmann, who told the Brothers Grimm many
stories, and visitors can have a beer in the Knallhüt brewery,
which occupies the building she was born in.
From there the Fairy Tale Road follows the Weser River to
Hameln, the famous town of the Pied Piper; in nearby Bad Oeynhausen
is the Fairy Tale Museum. The road ends in the town of Bremen, home
of both the mythical Little Nienburg Girl and the very real
Rathaus, a vibrant marketplace filled with town musicians and the
famous Ratskeller Restaurant.
Information & Facts
German is the official language. English is also widely
spoken and understood.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents.
ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit
cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels
and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash.
Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks
often won't change them. The quickest and most convenient way to
change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that
are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on
weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway
stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last
Sunday in October).