Down the Rabbit Hole: Discovering Where Fairy Tales Come from in Germany
Don Henley discovered that we've all been poisoned by fairy tales, but does he know who is to blame for it? We do...the Germans!
It was two academics from Deutschland, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, collectively known as the "Brothers Grimm," who are responsible for sending us all down the rabbit hole on a foolish mission to fulfill our unrealistic expectations of life.
The two brothers began aggregating and modifying folk tales from different mythologies in the early 1800s. In total, they published over 200 stories in a series of books, including the now well-known classic tales of Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. You may recognize a few of those titles!
Today, you can take a guided tour of the town of Kassel with an emphasis on the life of the Grimm Brothers, which includes a visit to the new Grimm Brothers Museum. We found it all especially interesting given that we were spoon-fed these tales all our lives, yet never did we have a clue about where they came from. Before our visit, we would have most certainly put our money on Disney.
Kassel also has Europe's largest hillside park (shown above), highlighted by a huge statue of Hercules at the tippy top. We think it's a great day trip for visitors to Frankfurt, as it is less than an hour and a half away by high-speed train.
[Photos: Kassel Marketing]