The Fairy-Tale Road Travel Guide


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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.


The Fairy-Tale Road Hotels

Make hotel reservations in advance if you plan to visit in summer. Though it's one of the less-traveled tourist routes in Germany, the main more


The Fairy-Tale Road Restaurants

In this largely rural area many restaurants serve hot meals only between 11:30 am and 2 pm, and 6 pm and 9 pm. You rarely need a reservation here, and more

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Things To Do in The Fairy-Tale Road

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The Fairy-Tale Road Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to the Fairy-Tale Road

    Valley Road: Drive or bike the scenic highway between Hannoversch-Münden and Hameln—it's a landscape of green hills, Weser Renaissance towns... Read more

  • Driving the Fairy-Tale Road

    Weaving its way through rolling hills and a gentle river valley, between whispering woods and past stone castles, this drive along the Fairy-Tale... Read more

  • The Brothers Grimm

    The Grimm fairy tales originated in the southern part of the Märchenstrasse. This area, mainly in the state of Hesse, was the home region of... Read more


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