There is a kingdom where fairy tales exist, and it’s a magical land where Sleeping Beauty slept, and the dwarfs surrounded Snow White. Journey through the world of the Brothers Grimm, where fictional tales are created from the realm of the real. Rapunzel's hair flicked over a castle wall, the tales of the Pied Piper, and surreal medieval villages of knightly stories. The relics of the brothers and fables of their characters blur into reality with this unique 10-day tour that immerses you in the...
Frankfurt – Poetry and History in a Compelling City
Frankfurt's modern metropolis hides a compelling history, one of the timber-framed houses and poetic echoes. While the skyscrapers are glass-fronted, the old riverbank still remembers the city's more than 2,000 years of history. Touch down in Frankfurt and be greeted by a local guide for transfer to a five-star hotel in the city. Rest and relax before an afternoon tour loops around the historical landmarks; the iconic home of Goethe, filled with his scribbled lines, ancient houses with wood frames found around Römerberg and then the museum riverbank and views of the country's innovation. The German Museum of Architecture connects the centuries, while the Museum of Applied Art has your eyes firmly in the experimental design of the future. But which future? That dreamt up in the 18th-century or that one that leads on from now? The evening is at your leisure, and the guide can make dinner recommendations as Frankfurt is the culinary center of Germany.
Hanau to Gelnhausen to Steinau an der Strasse – The World of the Brothers Grimm
Marburg – Grimm Brothers Fairytale Paintings Beneath a 10th-Century Castle
Alsfeld to Bad Wildungen – Through Little Red Riding Hood Land to the Village of Seven Dwarfs
Baunatal to Kassel – The Heart of the Fairytale
Reinhardswald to Goettingen – The Sleeping Beauty Route Through Germany, With a Little Braid of Rapunzel
Hamelin – The Iconic Pied Piper of Hamelin
Bad Oeynhausen to Buxtehude to Bremen – Local Legends Plus the Hare and the Hedgehog
Bremen – World Heritage Renaissance and Famous Town Musicians
Bremen – Departure
- Travel through the kingdom of the Brothers Grimm, an inspiring realm of fables and fairy tales
- Journey to Little Red Riding Hood Land and spend a night in the village of Snow White, where there are more than seven dwarfs
- Spend a day on the Sleeping Beauty route to discover her castle and the village that inspired the story
- Explore the local legends from Germany's past, like the Pied Piper of Hamelin and the village of the hare and the hedgehog
- Honor the most important landmarks from the time of the Brothers Grimm, including much original art and a library that celebrates their work
- Immerse yourself in the fairytale castles of the region, each with their mysterious narrative, like Rapunzel's braid dropping over a fortress wall
- Sleep in some of Germany's most enchanting medieval towns, where cobblestone alleys wind around romantic squares
- Discover the World Heritage renaissance of Bremen, with the farewell fanfare played by the city's famous musicians
Think of a fairy tale and the Brothers Grimm were probably responsible for its fame. From Little Red Riding Hood to Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel to Sleeping Beauty, these German siblings created a kingdom of make believe. All great fiction is based on fact, adapted from authors' experiences and environment, and that is the mysterious allure of the Fairy Tale Route across Northern Germany. Dotted along the trail, find dozens of very real odes to the Brothers Grimm including original artwork, libraries where they wrote and medieval towns where they worked. You will also discover the fabled history of their tales as bedtime stories from centuries before or towns with the legend of dwarfs. And then there's the blur, the link between fairy tale and the real world, the necklace of castles and attractions that nobody is certain about.
All of this envelops the route with an incredible mystique. Who was the owner of a ten-meter blond braid at Trendelburg Castle? Perhaps ghosts do fly through the Pied Piper town of Hamelin. These destinations fire the imagination, for it's immediately apparent that if anywhere could inspire a fairy tale, it would be the cobblestone and castles that fill this itinerary. Travel from Frankfurt and the Grimm brother's birthplace of Hanau as this unique 10-day vacation takes you along the Fairytale Route and through a kingdom that is as make believe as you want it to be.
Travel through Little Red Riding Hood Land to a village of dwarfs, where Snow White existed three centuries before the Brothers Grimm. Admire drawings made by the authors and original manuscripts that have been translated into 160 languages. Explore quaint cobbled towns surrounded by ancient forest, places that radiate tradition and imagination. Find castles hidden away, indulgent spas amid the trees, and local legends that became a worldwide phenomenon. With a specialist guide, journey north to Bremen and enjoy dozens of evocative stops on the route.
This vacation can be fully customized dependent on your interests, particularly for romance or for families with young children. It can also be tailored towards specific fairy tales.
$3,895 per person (excluding international flights)
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