Day 1: Frankfurt
If your schedule permits, start your tour in Frankfurt early enough to spend the day here, in this very modern metropolis which nevertheless offers many historic sites such as the Römerberg with its beautifully restored timber-framed houses, of course the Goethe Haus where the world famous poet once lived, the Paulskirche, symbol for democracy and freedom in Germany, "Alt-Sachsenhausen", where in Schellgasse number 6 you will find Frankfurt's oldest timber-framed house which was built around 1291, to name only a few of Frankfurt's historic landmarks.
Visit the Frankfurt museum riverbank, one of the most important locations for museums in Germany and Europe. The exhibition buildings are lined up on both sides of the Main riverbank, several famous museums are to be found in the city center. Visit the "Städel", the German Museum of Architecture as well as the Museum of Applied Art or the "Schirn Kunsthalle" to name only a very few. And don't miss out on Frankfurt's "Zeil", a huge pedestrian zone where shopping is the name of the game. Your hotel is located close to Frankfurt's main station.
Day 2: Hanau / Gelnhausen / Steinau an der Strasse
In the morning take a train to Hanau, the city very close to Frankfurt where the Brothers Grimm were born in the years 1785 and 1786. Here in Hanau is the official beginning of the German Fairytale Route. On Hanau´s market square one can see the monument reminding us of the two famous brothers. The monument stands right in front of the "Neustädter Rathaus" (Neustädter Town Hall) with its attractive sandstone facade. In the evening take the train back to your Frankfurt hotel.
Day 3: Marburg / Kassel
Today the train will take you in around one hour to the city of Marburg on the Lahn river. Here in Marburg the Brothers Grimm studied law, in their free time they started researching folk-literature, writing down several traditional fairy tales which until then had not been recorded in written form. Marburg's historic Old Town, called Oberstadt ("Upper town") will enchant you with narrow alleys, historic buildings and the charm of times long ago. In the evening a train will take you in around one and a half hours to Kassel.
Day 4: Kassel
Welcome to Kassel, the heart of the fairy-tale route.Here in Kassel the Brothers Grimm lived for over thirty years, working as librarians at the Electoral Library, known now as the Fridericanum, Europe's first public museum, which today is the centre of the documenta exhibitions. Throughout the city you can enjoy a unique range of museums, top of the fairy-tale-fan's list should be the Brüder Grimm Museum in the Palais Bellevue. Your next stop on the German Fairytale Route is Goettingen, which you will reach by train in less than one hour.
Day 5: Goettingen / Hamelin
Goettingen, where the Brothers Grimm lived after they moved away from Kassel, is famous for its University, which was founded in 1734. Among those teaching here as professors where the Brothers Grimm. Goettingen's Old Town, surrounded by the city wall, is well preserved and restored. The town's landmark is the Gaenseliesel, a statue of a little girl that tends the geese. The town offers quite a few "Pied Piper" guided tours, taking you to the famous spots and historic locations out of which the fairy-tale evolved. Explore this very charming town, and who knows, in some narrow cobblestone alley maybe you'll also hear the sound of a flute, resounding from afar. Your hotel is located close to the main station.
Day 6: Bremen
Today take a 2 hour train ride to Bremen, the heart of North West Germany and home to the famous Bremen Town Musicians. The city's Town Hall with its Renaissance architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the statue of the "Roland" on the Bremer marketplace and the famous bronze display of the Bremen Town Musicians on the Town Hall's western side it is an incomparable tourist attraction. Then there is the "Mühle am Wall"(mill) which is the last mill left out of originally eight which were once built on the wall of the inner city. The mill was used up until 1950, today it is used as a café. Visit the "Schnorr", the towns oldest living quarters, and do not miss "Böttcherstrasse", Bremen's "secret main road".
Day 7: Bremen. The tour ends in Bremen. Option: Train ride back to Frankfurt.
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