The fairy tale castles, feasts & festivals of Germany: A Photo Story

Original Bavarian salted soft pretzels in a basket with beer from Germany
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Discover the gastronomic delights of Germany on a culinary trail that includes bratwurst, beer, breads and much more. At the heart of Bavarian baking is the pretzel —its origin stories are as full of twists as its own shape! According to one legend, a baker awaiting execution was told his life would be spared if he created a form of bread through which sunlight could pass three times; and thus the pretzel was born. The perfect accompaniment to this tasty treat is a refreshing chilled beer, which is brewed to perfection in Germany. Over 1,300 breweries in the country produce a mind-boggling array of around 5,000 different beers to choose from. Summertime is ideal for stopping at a Bavarian beer garden – truly an oasis for the thirsty traveller.


Hamlyn: Open-air re-enactment of the Pied Piper story
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Hamelin, an enchanting stop on the fairy tale route, is straight out of the pages of a storybook. Don’t miss the Pied Piper’s house with its eye-catching façade rising up against azure skies. This historic building gets its name owing to an inscription on the side reminding us of the popular children’s tale. Today, a restaurant here serves Hamelin specialties inspired by the fable. This town truly brings a legend to life. It’s like stepping into the world of the Pied Piper – you can almost hear the alluring tunes of the magic pipe.

Hofgeismar: Dornröschenschloss Sababurg, the ''Sleeping Beauty'' castle of Brothers Grimm fame
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Germany, the land of myths and fairy tales, is where imagination comes to life. The fairy tale route traces the footsteps of the legendary storytellers—the Brothers Grimm—transporting you into a fantasy world of medieval towns, storybook castles, and enchanted forests. Revisit one of your favourite childhood fables at the 14th century Sababurg Castle, where Sleeping Beauty was awakened from her 100-year slumber. Nestled amid the forested slopes of the Reinhardswald, the castle is just one of the many jewels from Germany’s treasure chest of legends and sagas.

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This article is sponsored by the German National Tourist Office.

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