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The Fairytale Road

The Germany Fairytale Road has been a fascinating tourist attraction since 1975. Covering 600kms of history, culture, bewitched castles, and fairytale places this route will surround you with childhood dreams that spring to life.

It all begins in the town of Hanau, approximately 25km east of Frankfurt and is famous for being the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm - Jacob and Wilhelm, publishers of well-loved fairy tales. Here you can discover ‘The Old Town’ with beautiful half-timbered houses, and St Mary’s Church which was built in the 14th Century.

The drive passes through many scenic areas and joins landscapes and towns that were a central part in all fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Sleeping Beauty. This drive is not only for the individual traveller but is a wonderful trip for the whole family! Towns along the journey have activities for people of all ages, whether you enjoy an open air play, puppet shows, themed meals and feasts or storytelling events you will never be short of things to do.

More highlights of the Fairytale road include visits to the Schwalm region which is famous for being the setting of Little Red Riding Hood. You will come across even more untouched scenery and visit the Museum of Schwalm where you can see the traditional costumes that might have been worn by Little Red Riding Hood.

Working your way north to Trendelburg you will find similarities between the city and the setting to Rapunzel. Trendelburg Castle is a tourist must see, with crumbling old walls, a drawbridge and most importantly a tower where Rapunzel would let down her hair - no one would ever forget this damsel in distress.

Another must see is the famous castle where Sleeping Beauty slept for 100 years before she woke to a kiss by her true love. This was called Castle Sababurg and is more than 675 years old and surrounded by the most breathtaking landscape.

Continuing north onto Hamelin there are plenty of activities to see and do - take a guided tour of the town, a boat trip along the river or check out the famous musical ‘Rats’. Hamelin is also famous for the Pied Piper who would parade through the streets in colourful outfits playing happy tunes.

Last and certainly not least is the final stop on our Fairytale drive - Bremen. There are plenty of attractions in the gorgeous city like the town hall, Roland statue, St Peters cathedral and don't forget the schooner quarter, a maze of lanes lined with 15th and 16th century houses. This city is a great place to end and will suit any type of holiday whether relaxing or wanting a jam packed sightseeing holiday - it is all yours.

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