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Enchanting German towns of the Grimm fairy tales

Updated on May 30, 2009

Grimm fairy tales come alive!

When we were little girls, Daddy used tell us his version of one of the Grimm Fairy Tales - Hansel and Gretel - on weekends, without fail. Our favorite part of the story? It's where the witch was stalking Hansel and Gretel from way up in the trees, nothing heard except the rustling of leaves - and then, a shrill scream as the ugly witch swooped down and grabbed them! What an adventure!

Screams of fear and delight were heard throughout the house as we all huddled together like chicks. Why, one late night just this year, I found myself rushing home with our dog, Kazan, when I heard the rustling of leaves.

Eventually, we found out that it wasn't Daddy who wrote Hansel and Gretel but the Grimm brothers (nice try, Daddy). They wrote about 200 stories of which we only know a handful.

Here's where they all come true! The locations exist and fairy tale enthusiasts get to visit the actual locations of these beloved fairy tales that inspired the German brothers. There are 60 towns that comprise the German Fairy Tale Route - a route of more than 600 kilometers.

Let's visit a few of these charming towns and reminisce the best of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Photo by Alice J. Rose

Brothers Grimm, Hollywood-style

This Brothers Grimm movie takes your imagination on a grand ride! Take the time out to watch the movie. I've included the trailer here.

Germany's Fairy Tale Road - A 400 mile stretch from Frankfurt to Bremen

A Grimm fairy tales map takes you to all the different towns related to the wonderful tales of the Brothers Grimm. Check out Deutsche Maerchenstrasse for more info.

Before you leave for Germany, have fun watching these videos on Grimm Fairy Tales

Well, they're not the original Grimm fairy tales version but it shows how creative our imagination can be. Sleeping Beauty singing "Once Upon a Dream" is a classic!

Playing Rapunzel - Not only for Halloween

Play the role of Rapunzel in your very own fairy tale! Weave your very own Grimm Fairy tales happy ending.

Rank these Grimm fairy tales

Hansel & Gretel
Hansel & Gretel

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Faerie Tale Theatre - Little Red Riding Hood
Faerie Tale Theatre - Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood ignores her parents' orders to not talk to strangers on her way to her grandmother's and ends up attracting a hungry wolf.

 
Barbie as Rapunzel
Barbie as Rapunzel

Long long ago in a time of magic and dragons there lived a girl named Rapunzel who had the most beautiful radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant to Gothel a jealous scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall.However in a twist of fate Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deceptio...

 
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]
Sleeping Beauty (Two-Disc Platinum Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Awaken your senses to the majesty of SLEEPING BEAUTY Walt Disney's ultimate fairy tale. See more than you've ever seen before through the magic of state of the art technology and experience this groundbreaking film restored beyond its original brilliance in the way Walt envisioned it pristine beautiful utterly breathtaking. From the grand celebration of Princess Aurora's birth to the fateful day when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls under Malificent's evil curse to Prince Phil...

 

The Goose Girl

The original statue of Liesel exists in Gottingen, Germany which is a university town where the Grimm brothers worked as professors. Paul Nisse a sculptor and Heinrich Stockhardt an architect were commisioned to create a commemorative statue to honor the brothers. In 1901 the statue/fountain of Liesel the Goose princess was erected to celebrate the brothers and one of their famous characters.

It has become a tradition of the students of Gottingen University to climb up the fountain and kiss the statue of Liesel to celebrate their success in getting a doctor's degree. Today Liesel is admired as the Goddess of Study.

Photo and description by kuckibaboo

Introduction to Fairy Tales and Folklore - A wonderful collection by Heidi Ann Heiner

I came across this wonderful site on fairy tales! Check out these fairy tales at SurLaLune Fairy Tales.

That isn't happening yet with this lens since I will still be adding to the list :-) Hope you enjoyed a virtual visit to the Grimm fairy tales towns in Germany.

I do look forward to receiving your comments, questions or feedback!

A Happy Ending

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      perfumelover lm 8 years ago

      This is a load of fun! Those fairy tales are so intriguing even still as a I grow older! Visiting all those towns some day would be loads of fun. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I loved this lens 5*!

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      MicaK1 8 years ago

      [in reply to d-artist] Hi Delia, how could have I missed your post? Thanks for the the 5 :-) Fairy tales remind me of a happy childhood! Thanks for the visit.

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      Delia 8 years ago

      from childhood in Germany I have my original Grimms fairytale book, I love the pictures and to this day still look through the book....5*

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      MicaK1 8 years ago

      [in reply to dc64] Hi dc64, you must have had so much fun living in Germany! Don't you just love the little towns!

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      dc64 lm 9 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens, and who doesn't love a fairy tale? I lived in Germany, and would go back in a heart-beat.