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The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story- An 800 Year Mystery Wrapped in a Fairy Tale

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While visiting Germany many years ago I had to visit the town of Hamelin. You see, when I was growing up, one of my favorite records had the Rattenfänger von Hamelin story… the Pied Piper of Hamelin Story. As a child, the idea of all those kids being snatched up because the town fathers didn’t […]

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What Is Walpurgisnacht? And How did An English Nun Become Associated with Witches?

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Legends and traditions about Witches are quite common in Germany… think about all the Fairy Tales you’ve ever heard, isn’t there always a witch? So, of course, there is a night called Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht (Witches’ Night), a sort of second Halloween. But … What is Walpurgisnacht (pronounced Val-purr-gess-nach-t)? When is it celebrated? Why is […]

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Germany Land of Legend and Real Fairy Tale Locations

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  Germany is a land of legends and real Fairy Tale locations, and the most amazing thing is that you actually can visit these places! Ancient forests, Castles with high towers, wide open fields, and Statues. Imagine, visiting an enchanted castle where Sleeping Beauty waited for her prince, or wandering the forest where Little Red Riding […]

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The Tale of Kunigunde von Kynast- a Silesian Folk Tale

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Love this story I got from Paul Von Stache. It’s a fairy tale or folk story from Silesia (Schelsien). I had never heard it before. It sounds like an original Grimm tale, and definitely not a Disney-Happy-Ending-with-singing-Animals Story. The tale is about Kunigunde von Kynast. It took place in Kynast Castle (a/k/a Burg Kynast) in […]

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The Elves of Cologne -The story of the Helpful little Heinzelmännchen of Köln

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One of the dioramas on the fountain showing the Heinzelmännchen doing work Once upon a time, so the legend goes, the city of Cologne was helped along by a little race of creatures called Heinzelmännchen. It began simply enough… when the humans went to bed, the Heinzelmännchen came along and finished up all the work that […]

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