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A Magical Fairy Tale in Germany

By HarryTuesday 28th February 2017

Most of us are familiar with age-old traditional folklore. From breadcrumb trails, to big bad wolf tales, children across the world are familiar with the stories of Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, or Little Red Riding Hood.
Grimm Brothers - famous literary monument in Hanau city, Germany, sculpted by Syrius Eberle
The masters of storytelling were born in Hanau, Germany, in the 1700’s. Contrary to popular belief, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, together known as ‘The Brothers Grimm’, did not actually write the classic stories for which they are credited. Instead, the first ever fairy tales were thought up by civilians, gradually passed down generations through word of mouth. The brothers wanted to ensure that these stories were recorded for the future, publishing them as a collection best known as ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales’. Published in 1812, the book contained the original editions of a number of stories, including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and Cinderella. These stories are infamous throughout households around the world, and it’s unlikely that you haven’t stumbled across a story that’s acquainted with the twosome. ‘National Fairy Tale Day’ is celebrated annually, on the 26th February. You may want to make the most out of the occasion with the whole family, gathered around your favourite storybook, or, you simply consider yourself an eager bookworm. We’ve looked into the top literary destinations in Germany’s capital city, Berlin, to give your favourite childhood tales a bit of a back story!

Fountain of Fairy Tales

Situated in Volkspark Friedrichshain, the oldest Park in Berlin, Märchenbrunnen translates to the ‘Fountain of Fairy Tales’. Designed by Ludwig Hoffmann and revealed to the public in 1913, the landmark is a beautiful piece of fairy tale history. Why not get the kids involved, and see who can identify the stone storybook characters dotted around the fountain? The park is the perfect place for a bit of time out, with other water features and trees surrounding benches that are perfectly placed for taking a break from the city.

St. Matthäus Kirchhof Graveyard

The history buffs amongst you will adore the beautiful St. Matthäus Kirchhof Graveyard, in which both of the Grimm brothers are buried. Located in Schöneberg, a locality of Berlin, the cemetery is filled with vibrant flowers and lush greenery – a pretty display of nature nestled comfortably within a concrete metropolis.

Excursions in Berlin

If you want to follow the fairy tale trail, Berlin is certainly the destination for you. There’s more to the city than folklore – a youthful atmosphere hangs in the air, dense with culture and an abundance of bars and clubs to visit. In addition, there are plenty of things for families to do too. Visit art galleries, garden bars and restaurants, or venture around the charming markets, haggling for holiday souvenirs. Berlin is brimming with historic landmarks, including the iconic Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. If you intend to create holiday moments to remember, we’d also recommend a vintage car journey across the countryside, complete with your very own chauffeur!

Excursions in Hamburg

Another one of our German destinations sits to the North East of Berlin, in Hamburg. We offer a number of activities, including sailing, kayaking and boat trips. The city is surrounded by the River Elbe as well as the stunning Alster Lake. This is where you can take in the sights of stunning architecture, parks, and culture, whilst you sit back and create your very own extraordinary moments.

Miniatur Wunderland

Located in the Speicherstadt district, Miniatur Wunderland is the largest miniature railway in the world. The children will love this tiny wonderland! The attraction includes over 1000 tiny trains and a quarter of a 1,000,000 miniscule humans, so you can watch as an imaginary world comes to life before your very eyes. A visit to Miniatur Wunderland is so exciting that many visitors find themselves coming back to it more than once. There are model police chases, fire brigade call outs, and a functioning airport to keep your eyes peeled for!

Reading Onboard

You’ll never run out of literary landmarks to visit, but sometimes it’s nice to find a quiet spot and immerse yourself in a story. Whether you like to sit back and crack the spine of a paper-back, or download stories onto your Kindle instead, being able to relax and enjoy a book when on holiday is one of life’s little wonders. Meeting your fellow passengers and discussing what books you’re reading can at times turn out to be a holiday highlight. Fortunately, we have a number of libraries onboard for you to seek out your favourite novels. With comfortable armchairs available to sit on and a wide variety of literature to choose from, take a look at our cruise ships to find out where you can find your stories onboard.
Fancy creating your own Fairy Tale ending to your holiday? Take a look at our Destinations in Europe and discover our world!

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