Germany | German fairytale road... - Secret World

Deutsche Märchenstraße e.V., Kurfürstenstraße, Kassel, Germania

Depika Rai


We've read them all. And we were all breathless following the adventures of Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. Thanks to two imaginative word puppeteers, actually serious philologists and linguists, such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who are known all over the world as the Grimm brothers. Their fables are a global myth and it has been so since 1800 when they told the best of the fantastic tales of their land. And it is not by chance that those stories can (almost) live in reality. This is thanks to the German Fairytale Road (La deutsche Märchenstraße) that since 1975 has been winding for 664 kilometres through seventy fairytale places and four Lands. The route, marked and codified so much so that in each village there is a dedicated information office, winds through towns, villages and villages linked to their tales and sagas and the best time to visit it is in spring and summer when many of the towns organize events and festivals that remember or represent exactly what is told by the Grimm brothers in their famous stories, from Rapunzel to Prince Frog. All this in a natural setting of great beauty with villages that look like fairytale scenery themselves. To understand it, one only has to remember the Kinzig river valley, the historic Chattengau region, and the Weser mountain area, with its heart in the Fulda valley.