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 Hood met the Wolf. You can spend the day in a village where all the children were whisked away by a mysterious Piper, and even see the house where Snow White lived with 7 Dwarves.
Set your imagination free! Relive your childhood! Visit the sites in Germany where Fairy Tales and Legends came to life.
Who knows? …. maybe there is a Princess or a Prince waiting for you…
Frog Prince Fountain Bad Homberg
Germany Land of Legend and Real Fairy Tale Locations
Most of these locations are along the Fairy Tale Route … visit one, or visit all of them.
Rapunzel’s Tower in Trendelburg
Situated high above Trendelburg in the Rheinhardswald forest overlooking a deep ditch is the 14th Century Trendelburg Castle, is a fabulous fairy tale location, complete with 40 meter tall Rapunzel tower. Look carefully, and you can see Rapunzel lowering her blond hair out the window to Prince Charming. In order to get to the courtyard, you must pay a 4.50 Euro fee and cross a drawbridge. Every Sunday at 3 PM, Rapunzel herself makes an appearance.
Dornroschen Sababurg- Sababurg, The Castle of the Sleeping Beauty
Sababurg, in the state of Hesse, is one of the highlights of the Fairy Tale Route. It given the nickname “Dornröschenschloss” or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle because of it’s mysterious history, and the thick Rose hedge that grows around it and the ivy that covers the tower walls. Originally built in 1334 to be a protective way station for pilgrims to Gottsbüren, 160 years later it became a hunting lodge for Landgrave Wilhelm I. The castle fell into ruins, and as the rose hedge grew thicker, stories and legends about the castle grew. It is said that the Brother’s Grimm were fascinated by the castle, and used it when telling the story of Sleeping Beauty, who slept for 100 years in the Tower while thorns and ivy covered the walls, both protecting and imprisoning her. Despite Walt Disney’s imagination, the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland was not based on the original castle at Sababurg. He got his vision from one of the ultimate German Fairy Tale locations, Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Today, the 675 year old Sababurg is a beautiful Hotel and Restaurant with an amazing Rose Garden. You take a Fairy Tale tour of grounds, great hall and Tower from April to October. Click for more information–>Dornröschenschloss
Schneewittchen Haus – Snow White House
In the village of Bergfreiheit, in the district of Bad Wildungen, you will find an unassuming little Half-Timbered house called the Schneewittchen Haus… or Snow White House. Inside you will find 7 little beds, and 7 little caps, belonging to the 7 Dwarves who mined the area. It is thought that the real Snow White was Margaretha von Waldeck, daughter of the local count of Bad Wildungen, and founder of Bergfreiheit. This local beauty was banished by her Stepmother, and mysteriously died from poisoning in 1554 at age 21. The Brother’s Grimm took her story, and transformed it into the familiar Snow White tale we all know and love.
On every second Tuesday of the Month, you can visit Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the house. For more information–> Snow White House
Little Red Riding Hood
Statue of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Treysa.
The north Hessian woods and valleys around Schwalm are the birthplace of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Rotkäppchen, named for the traditional Schwalmer Red Cap worn by unmarried women if the area (married women wear green, widows, black). Combined with a red cape, you get the image we see in modern Fairy Tale books. The Bronze Statue of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf stand outside the train station in Treysa. In the Altstadt, half-timbered homes and buildings that are hundreds of years old are surrounded by a moat. It’s easy to imagine a little girl wandering through the area with a basket of goodies for her Oma. There still are wolves, but they’ve all been relocated to a sanctuary in Knüll wildlife park.
Tucked into one end of the Town Hall Platz in Bremen is and easy to find fairy tale location, the bronze statue of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten (The Bremen City Musicians) built by Gerhard Marcks. To those who don’t know the story, it’s an odd pile of animals… a rooster, standing on a cat, who stands on a dog, and all are on top of a donkey. The story says they were cast out of their farms because they were old, and useless. The animals chose to band together and head for Bremen, where they can be free animals, and perform as street musicians. On the way, they came upon a robbers house, where a band of criminals is counting their ill gotten gains. The animals form a pyramid and make such a noise that it scares the robbers away. The animals live happily ever after. Be sure to pay the statue a visit… grasp the Donkey’s legs and make a wish! And pet his nose to insure that you return again to this beautiful city.
Pied Piper of Hamelin -Der Rattenfänger von Hameln
The city of Hamelin, Germany still remembers, very well, what happened in the 13th century. And they know how to play up their role as one of the key German fairy tale locations. As the story goes, the city was plagued by rats. One day a man dressed in bright colors, carrying a flute, came to town and offered to take care of the rat problem… for a fee. The townspeople agreed, and the Pied Piper played a tune on his flute, and led all of the rats out of town. The people were overjoyed, but irritated because it was so easy. They refused to pay him. The Pied Piper fulled out his flute again, led all the children of Hamelin out of town and into a cave, where they were never seen again. Hundreds of years later, the Brothers Grimm wrote the story down, as a cautionary tale about paying your debts. Today, you can visit Hameln, and see the tale recreated in street performances, but you will also find statues, stained glass windows and even edible Rat shaped rolls, cookies and candies.
Learn more about the Legend of the Pied Piper HERE–>Pied Piper, and 800 Year Mystery
Frau Holle Pond
When it snows in Hesse, locals say that Frau Holle is shaking out her feather bed. In Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you find the story of the industrious girl who fell down a well when she lost her spindle, and landed in Frau Holle’s world. There she performed all of the tasks asked for her, and was rewarded with gold. When her lazy stepsister threw herself into Holle’s land, and failed to do any chores, she was covered in pitch. But that’s only one of the very many stories about Frau Holle. She appears in tales across Germany, and that some date back to pagan times. It’s said that Frau Holle’s home can be found at the bottom of this pond in Hesse at the edge of the Hohe Meißner.
Read more about Frau Holle here.
Heinzelmaenchen of Cologne
Once upon a time, in the city of Cologne, Germany, the people were helped with their tasks by little gnome-like people called, Heinzenmaenchen. These helpful beings would sweep floors, make shoes, bake bread… and do the thousands of other unfinished chores that were left at the end of the day. Sadly, one day the Tailor’s wife was so curious about who was finishing the work, that she set a trap. She sprinkled dried peas on the floor to alert her when someone came in. And it worked… the Heinzelmaenchen slipped on the peas and fell with a huge crash that woke the whole house. They ran off into the night, and were never seen again. And from that day forward, the people of Cologne get to do their own chores. You can visit the Heinzelmaenchen Fountain in Cologne… and there is also a statue depicting them slipping on the peas…
Find all your Favorite German Fairy Tale Locations
This book is a great guide. You’ll discover the Rumpelstiltskin fountain in Helsa, Frau Holle shaking her pillowcase in the window of the Lichtenau Rathaus, and the Munchausen Town of Bodenwerder.
I still love to travel with maps, and this ADAC map guide book takes you to 70 Fairy Tale locations in Germany… in detail… and gives you the story to read along the way. I was absolutely delighted to find it in an Autobahn rest stop! It’s one of my favorite souvenirs.
There are many German Legend and Fairy Tale Books