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BAVARIA THE BROTHERS GRIMMin Kassel


Even though the center of the town was largely destroyed during WWII, Kassel, located on the Fulda River in northern Hesse, still maintains the home, school, library and museum of the Brothers Grimm.


from the brothers’ home in Hanau, north along the Weser River all the way to Bremen, the setting for the tale “The Bremen Town Musicians.” Every stop along the way has a connection to the fairy tales, whether it has adopted a town story or simply embodies the fairy tale aura with its half-timbered houses and majestic castles. Brigitte Bucholz-Blödow has worked


as the marketing director for the Fairy Tale Road for 15 years. She said that fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm are very important to Germany’s culture because they remind the people of their history as well as their childhoods. She said they have roughly one million visitors to the route every year, and most of these tour- ists are German. Blödow said that in order to get the


Above: Portrait of the Brothers Grimm from the Museum.


Right: The library where Jacob and Wilhem Grimm worked.


most out of their visit to the Fairy Tale Road, tourists should rent a car and al- low at least one week to see the most attractive cities. The best way to start would be flying into Frankfurt Airport and renting a car there, then driving 13 miles east to Hanau. It is also pos- sible to go by train to most of the cit- ies, but it takes a lot more time and money. “The Weser River is one of the larg-


The home, school, library and museum of the Brothers Grimm are all easily walked in Kassel.


1. Kassel Town Hall


2. Administrative Court of Hesse: Was once a fl at where the brothers lived


3. Freidrichsgymnasium: High school attended by the brothers


4. Murhard Library: Home to a few original Brothers Grimm manuscripts


5. Brothers Grimm Museum


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est rivers in Germany, and along this river is half of our route,” she said. “We also have many bicycle routes along that river. Many tourists bike during the day, stopping to see the towns and stay the night.” Going north from Hanau, some no-


table stops along the road that many people might not know about include Steinau, with its medieval castle and marionette plays every day; Waldeck, the newest addition to the route, a lake resort town with water sports and a cas- tle hotel; Bremerhaven by the sea, which houses Mother Goose Park; and Kassel, the center point of the Fairy Tale Road, where the Brothers Grimm lived and worked for years while compiling their folktales. Kassel is home to the Brothers Grimm Museum, a hillside park with a Hercules monument and a natural his- tory museum. Kassel is a good center


Fünff enster Str.


Frankfurter Str.


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