Day 1: Frankfurt
Arrival in Frankfurt, pick up your rental car and drive to Hanau, 20 km east of Frankfurt on the River Main where the Brothers Grimm were born. From Hanau continue your trip to Gelnhausen. You will see the Gelnhausen Palace and the Castle which was founded by Frederick I Barbarossa (guided walking tour optional has to be booked in advance), Holy Roman Emperor. Next stop is Steinau an der Strasse, where the Brothers Grimm spent their carefree youth, guided tour of Steinau Castle.
Visit the Amtshaus, the Renaissance Palace and see a performance and at the fairy-tale puppet theatre (optional). Last stop for the second day of your trip is Fulda. Fulda is one of the oldest cities in Germany with its sightseeing spots like Fulda’s Stadtschloss audio guided walking tour or Fulda’s Cathedral.
Overnight in Fulda.
Day 2: Fulda – Kassel
After breakfast leave Fulda and drive to Lauterbach (in one of the Grimms’ tales, the Little Scalawag loses his sock in Lauterbach). The town is known for its two castles, Eisenbach and Riedesel. Next town is Alsfeld is a town of half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets.
Follow the route along the Schwalm River with stops in Neustadt and Homberg. Then in Kassel spend your second night. Explore the Waldeck region and the Reinhards Forest around Kassel where the birthplace of many legends about witches, sleeping princesses, strange beasts and magic spells is.
Overnight in Kassel.
Day 3: Kassel to Muenden
Leaving Kassel to reach Muenden, which is the tombstone of the much-maligned Doctor Eisenbart (a Grimm character), who is remembered every year at a folk festival. In the town center of Muenden are also some 700 half-timbered houses built in many styles. Your next and last stop for this day will be Sababurg and its Dornröschenschloss Sababurg in Hofgeismar, a park and castle said to be the setting of the Sleeping Beauty legend. The park is said to be the oldest zoological garden in the world. Make quick stops in Bad Karlshafen a resort noted for its baroque buildings Hoexter a town known for its many Renaissance and baroque buildings and Corvey, one of the oldest Benedictine abbeys in Germany. After another stop in Bodenwerder the birthplace of Lügenbaron von Münchhausen, one of the most colourful characters who ever lived along the Fairy-Tale Road continue for your overnight in Hameln.
Day 4: Muenden – Bremen
After breakfast explore Hameln during a guided walking tour, which is the home of the darkest fellow from the German Fairy-tale Route – the Pied Piper and you will even visit the Rattenfaengerhaus (Rat-Catcher’s House). Pied Piper, of course, was the world’s most famous
rat catcher, luring the town’s children away, never to be heard from again. Your next stop is Bremen where you can spend the rest of the day exploring its many attractions like the Schötting, a 16th-century guild hall or the Focke-Museum, one of the best regional museums of Germany.
Overnight in Bremen.
Day 5: Bremen – Hamburg
After the overnight in Bremen your next and final stop is Hamburg return your car. The rest of the day is free for shopping and other activities.
· 4 overnights accommodation incl. breakfast (Fulda, Kassel, Hameln, Bremen)
· Rental car: VW Golf, Ford Focus or similar
· Guided tour of Steinau Castle (opening hours: March till October 10 – 17 h & November till December 10 – 16 h; closed on Monday)
· Guided walking tour of Hameln (duration 1 h; daily; only upon request)
Not included / optional:
· Exploring /passing the small towns
· Visit Gelnhausen Palace and the Castle (private property – only external visit possible)
· Audio guided walking tour of Stadtschloss Fulda (1 April till 31 October: daily except Monday at 10.30 & 14 h // 1 November till 31 March Tuesday till Friday at 14 h // Saturday, Sunday & holiday 10.30 & 14 h)
· Guided walking tour of Dornröschenschloss Sababurg (daily, only