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The Fairy-Tale Road Travel Guide

Plan Your The Fairy-Tale Road Vacation

With a name evocative of magic and adventure, the Fairy-Tale Road (Märchenstrasse) takes its travelers on a path through the land of the Brothers Grimm and a rolling countryside of farmland and forests that inspired tales of sleeping princesses, hungry wolves, and gingerbread houses. Flowing through the heart of western Germany to its North Sea coast, the Märchenstrasse stops along

the way at towns and villages where the brothers spent much of their lives two centuries ago.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Valley Road Drive or bike the scenic highway between Hannoversch-Münden and Hameln—it's a landscape of green hills, Weser Renaissance towns, and inviting riverside taverns.
  2. Marburg Staircase streets cover the steep hillsides of this half-timber university town; sit outdoors and soak up the atmosphere.
  3. Bremen Browse the shops and galleries lining the picturesque Böttcherstrasse and Schnoorviertel, then savor the city's rich coffee tradition.
  4. Dornröschenschloss Sababurg The supposed inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Its spiral staircases, imposing turrets, and fairy-tale setting will delight lovers of the tale.
  5. Schlosspark Wilhelmshöhe Home to a stunning, crescent-moon palace and a fairy-tale castle, the park’s trees, ponds, and wide-open spaces offer a dramatic contrast to the urbanity below.

When To Go

When to Go

Summer is the ideal time to travel through this varied landscape, although in spring you'll find the river valleys carpeted in the season's first flowe...

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