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AFRICA
ROUND UPS

Safari Planner 10/10
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
BAHRAIN
Secret Formula • 10/08
BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ETHIOPIA
Northern Treasures 11/10
Riding Modern Wave 0708
Endearing Ethiopia • 01/ 07
Cover feature • 02/ 02

JORDAN
Historical Days & Arabian Nights 7/10
KENYA

Make a Dash for Kenya 6/10
A Great Adventure 3/10
Kenya’s Annual Epic 11/09
Kenya’s Big Five Appeal 7/09
Selling Safaris 1/09
Safaris (cover) • 06/ 08
Under the Stars • 12/07
...and Tanzania • 09/07
Ecotourism Nation • 06/ 07

MOROCCO
Morocco Mosaic 9/10
Marrakesh, so Magically 10/09
Unlimited Appeal 10/08
Millions in Visitors • 01/ 08

Large & Lovely • 08/ 07
Off the Beaten Road • 02/06

QATAR
Flourishing in the Desert 11/10
SOUTH AFRICA

Open for Business! 710
Soccer in 2010 10/09
ASTA IDE 2009 1/09
Re-Invents Itself • 05/ 08
Wine Harvest • 07/ 07
Western Cape • 03/ 07

TANZANIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Safaris Without Borders 1/10
Classic safaris • 09/08
Its Own Mission • 05/ 08
No longer little sister • 09/07

TUNISIA
A Taste of Tunisia • 05/06 UGANDA
Emerges from Shell• 08/06
ZAMBIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ZIMBABWE

Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07


ASIA
AUSTRALIA
Natural Wonders 12/10
Ten Things To Experience in Sydney 8/10
From Culture to Nature 12/09
Aussie Outback 1/09
Melbourne's Wild Side• 0708
Driving Business • 02/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07
Stellar Attractions • 02/ 07

CHINA
Beijing Your Way COV 1/11
Hotel Boom Continues 10/10
Voluntourism 7/10
Tthe Real China COVER 1/10
Beijing Hotel Boom 11/08
Reaches for the Moon • 03/ 08
Tourism Wave • 11/07
Guangzhou • 03/ 07

COOK ISLANDS
Live out your dream 09/08
The latest Hot Spot • 12/07
Paradise Contention • 10/07

FIJI
Fiji’s Many Faces 9/10
Tropical Touchdown 10/08
Smile You're on Fiji • 02/ 08
Tropical Getaway • 01/06

INDIA
A Bright Future 10/10
Awestruck in India &
New Travel Products for 2010-11
Expands Tourism Territory 3/10
Cultural Journey 12/09
Mumbai Revisited 3/09
Kochi: Calm, Complex 12/08
Sacred to Sublime • 08/08
Mumbai's Bollywood • 05/ 08
Driving Business • 12/07
Madyha Pradesh • 07/ 07
Maharashtra • 06/ 07
What's New • 05/ 07

JAPAN
Neo-Ryo 11/10
2010 is Visit Japan Year 5/10
Jeju’s Enticing Mix 12/09
Luxury Travel Forum 1/09
In and out of Tokyo • 08/ 08
KOREA
Ceramic Arts 9/10
Historic & Cultura 5/10 COVER
48 Hours in Seoul 11/09
Traveling to Korea to Eat 10/09
Affordable Seoul 1/09
New Arts Center • 09/08
Sancturay in Temples • 12/07

Jeju Island • 02/ 07
ASTA Expo • 01/ 07

LAOS
Cave City Opens • 04/ 07
MACAU
Beyond Gaming • 01/ 08
Taking a Bow • 07/ 07

MALAYSIA
Sizzling Malaysia 3/10
Sight seeing • 02/06
NEW CALEDONIA
The Secret is Out • 07/08
NEW ZEALAND
A Taste of Wine Country
Bumped Ski Season 08/09
Discounted Five-Star 3/09
Luxury & Adventure • 04/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07

SINGAPORE
What Makes Singapore Hot for 2010? 01/10
Singapore Corners SE Asia Market 10/09
Value and Deals 7/09
TAIWAN
Lantern Festival 3/10
Warm Welcome • 03/06



THAILAND
Welcomes Visitors Back 8/10

City Chic to Rural Respite 5/10
Asia’s New Island of Tourism 3/10
Elephant Back Riding • 08/06

Exotic Bangkok • 02/06
VIETNAM

Luxurious Adventure • 09/07

CARIBBEAN
ROUND UP FEATURES

Caribbean Family Holiday 11/10
Summer Deals 5/10
Passion in Paradise 1/10
ANGUILLA
Happy in Eastern Carib 12/10
A Sliver of Shangri-La
Big Agent Plans for 2010 10/09
Branding of Anguilla 11/08
New Celebrity Status • 04/ 08
Winter Curtain Call • 01/ 08
Secret is out • 05/ 07 cover

Off-Posh Prices • 04/ 07

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The Beach is the Beginning 10/10
The Sandy Sister 02/10
Spread Carnival Fever 7/09
Festive Side 09/08
Wedding Bells- 07/08 Cover
Tropical Paradise • 05/ 08

Blessed with Beauty • 09/ 07
Twin Deals • 06/ 07

ARUBA
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Divi"s Inside Edge 12/08
BARBADOS
A Blue Sky Holiday 6/10
The Bajan Macation • 04/ 08
BAHAMAS
Cable Beach • 06/08
BONAIRE
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
CAYMAN ISLANDS

CITE Report on Caymans 7/09
CITE Report • 09/ 07

CURACAO
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Onsite Report 4/07
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Five Star Race • 0608
La Romana • 11/07
New hot Spot • 0107

GRENADA
Moves into Tourism
GUYANA
Land of Many Waters • 04/06
JAMAICA
Tie The Knot In Jamaica 0111
Jamaica on a Roll 710
The Heart of Jamaica 11/09
Luxury in Jamaica 11/09
Committed to Tourism • 8/08
Cool Green • 02/ 08

Waterparks • 10/07
Hidden Charms • 03/ 07

MARTINIQUE
Isle of Flowers • 05/ 07
Living Well • 02/06
PUERTO RICO
Beyond the Surf, Sand...3/10
Golfing 08/09
Star-Studded 12/08
SAINT MARTIN
Paassionate & Plaayful
Taste of Europe 12/08
Upper Market • 07/08
SMART Report • 07/ 07

ST. KITTS
Caribbean’s Sweetheart 910
Expansion Plans • 03/ 08
ST. LUCIA
The Newest Edge 12/09
For Kids & Grown-Ups 10/08
Almond Smugglers • 09/ 07

From Golf to Marinas • 06/06

ST. VINCENT &

THE GRENADINES

Island Hopping • 03/ 08
TURKS & CAICOS
Gold Coast 10/09
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

America’s Caribbean 3/10
Team Spirit 12/08

EUROPE
ROUND UPS

Jewish Heritage 0111
Central Eastern Europe 03/10

AUSTRIA
Vienna Tops the List of Best Cities To Live In 6/10
Waltz through Vienna 11/09
Vienna: Hip & Festive 3/09
Vienna's Passion 10/08
Vienna Culture • 05/ 08
Along the Danube • 04/ 08

New Properties • 09/ 07
atcb Unites Region • 06/ 07
Vienna Happenings • 03/ 07

BELGIUM
River Towns 12/10
FLANDERS for the Casual Connoisseur 9/10 COVER
FLANDERS
Cultivating a
Taste for Finer Things 3/10
FLANDERS Antwerp 12/09FLANDERS: Stellar Sites 10/09
Arrive as a Visitor, Leave as a Belgian 08/09
Belgian Hotels • 07/08
Wallonia • 10/07

BRITAIN
Trail Back to London 3/10
Weekend in London 12/08
Top Hotels 06/ 08
Liverpool • 04/ 08
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107

BULGARIA
Central Eastern Europe 03/08
CANARY ISLANDS
Classics in Canaries • 01/08 Sunny Canaries • 11/ 06
CROATIA
A Country for All Seasons 910
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast 3/10
Europe’s Newest Riviera 4/09
Something big in 2009 • 09/08
Wine Country • 04/ 08

Cultural Circle• 10/07
Heart & Soul • 04/ 07

CYPRUS
Highlights From the Birthplace of Beauty Cover Nov. 2010
Cyprus thru Centuries 1/10
Golden Anniversary 10/09
Cypriot Primer 10/08
From Wine to Water 6/08
Loving the Island • 10/07
Cool Cats • 09/ 07


CZECH REPUBLIC
Gentle Evolution Cover 7/10
Bohemian Attractions 12/09
Footsteps of princes 10/08
For Young at Heart • 08/ 07

DENMARK
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Culture & History • 01/06
FINLAND
Helsinki By Design 810
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Not just in Summer 10/08
Helsinki's New Face • 04/ 08
Rauma • 05/06

FRANCE
Design Hotels In Paris 11/10
France’s Big Summer Festivals
Still Among Top Five 1/09
Rhone Alpes Region • 02/ 08
ASTA in Lyon • 12/ 07
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107


GERMANY
Promoting Health & Wellness 10/10 Cover Feature
Mainz and Much More 6/10
Designs on creative Germany 3/10
Oberammergau Passion Play 08/09
GTM ’09 Visits Northeast 7/09
Networking in Bavaria • 09/08
Beating the Euro • 04/ 08
Posh Palaces • 03/ 08

Automotives • 03/ 07
What Not to Miss • 02/ 07
Dusseldorf • 09/06
GREECE
Northern Escapades 10/10
Greek Suppliers • 08/08
Greek Cruises • 02/08
Island Trio • 08/ 07

GREENLAND
New Access • 05/ 07
HOLLAND
Rembrandt & Tulips • 01/06
HUNGARY
High End Value, Old World Ambience 5/10
Budapest Live Arts 12/08
Celebrating Budapest • 04/ 08

IRELAND
Go where Ireland Directs your 310
Finding Yourself • 03/ 08
Dublin • 11/07
Foynes SeaPlanes • 10/07

ITALY
Salerno, Amalfi Coast 11/10
Get Lost in Erice, Sicily 5/10
The Veneto 1/10
Tuscany 03/09
Roman Revival1/09 Cover
Ri mini celebrates 11/08
Deals & Sunshine 09/08
Affordable Italy 6/08
Western Sicily • 01/ 08

Abruzzo • 07/ 07

LITHUANIA
Close up at Vilnus • 08/ 07
MALTA
Historic Tempos 12/08
Many Faces • 05/04

NORWAY
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Stavanger • 04/ 08

In the fjords • 01/06

POLAND
Fall In Love With Warsaw 810

Top Summer Destination 510
Old cities Revisited 11/08
New Found Power • 04/ 08
Gdansk • 05/ 07

Krakow • 02/06

PORTUGAL
Azorean Journey 0111
What’s New in Portugal? 9/10
Invests for Tomorrow 10/09
Heritage Travel 1/09
Affordable Luxury • 07/07
Hosts Wine Tasting • 10/07

Out of Lisbon • 11/07
ROMANIA
Town and Country 11/09
CEE Round up • 03/08

Great Value • 06/06
RUSSIA
Siberia and the Trans-Siberian: The Mother of Rail Rides 07/09
St. Petersburg • 07/08
W inter Festivals • 11/07
St Peterburg • 02/ 07

SCOTLAND
Scotland's Spirit • 12/07
Glasgow with Style • 0706

SLOVAKIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
10 Reason to Visit • 10/04
SLOVENIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
SPAIN
Road to Santiago 3/10 Cover
Valencia Shimmers 11/09
Barcelona & Costa Brava
Discover Galicia 1/09
Barcelona 12/08
Great Off Season Value 10/08
Andalusia (Cover) • 08/08
Malaga's Culture• 05/ 08

Zaragoza • 01/08

Iberia's Capitals • 12/07
Prado's Debuts • 11/07
Cutting Edge Madrid • 08/ 07
Valencia • 04/ 07

SWEDEN
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
SWITZERLAND
Eye on Premium Prize 7/09
Cultural Lavaux • 02/08
Basel, Fribourg • 09/ 07
Basel Quietly Classy • 05/ 07
Scenic Postbus • 01/ 07

TURKEY
Cave Hopping in Cappadocia
Turkey’s Treasures 12/09
Seductive Istanbul 5/09
Hideaway 'St. Tropez' 11/08
Land of Sunrise • 05/ 08
Endless Mysteries • 07/ 07

UKRAINE
Top Ten Sights • 07/ 07

LATIN AMERICA
Round Up Feature
Live The Dream 1210
S. & C America • May 2008
ARGENTINA
Summer Escapes 0111
Maté to Malbec 810
24 Hrs in Buenos Aires 12/09
From A to C • 11/07
Learning to Tango • 10/05

BELIZE
Accessible Inland/Island Vacations 810
Belize Cruises 1/10
Heritage Groups • 02/08
Family Adventure • 07/ 07

BOLIVIA
May 2008
BRAZIL
Big, Fat Party in Brazil 10/09
Heart & Soul • 08/08
Bossa Nova Beaches • 03/08
Carnival • 09/07
Agent's Bargain • 05/ 07

CHILE
Comunas to Cordillera 710
Atacama Desert Gets Hotter 3/10
Chilean Surprises 11/09
From A to C • 11/07
Isla Negra • 07/0
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COLOMBIA
Islas del Rosario 5/10
Cartagena Day Trips 08/09
Takes Giant Leap • 12/06
COSTA RICA
Natural Wealth 9/10
Eco Tourism at the Source7/09
Green Pot of Gold • 07/08
T he Greening • 10/07
A Front Runner • 03/07

CURAÇAO
Down Under • 04/ 07
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Best of Both Hemispheres 710
Visiting Paradise 08/09
Secret Pacific Coast 3/09
Ever Changing 11/08
Traveling Mindfully • 01/08

Fragile & Focused • 08/ 07

EL SALVADOR
New World (Cover) • 11/ 07
GUATEMALA
Meet me at the fountain 12/08
Land of everlasting Spring 05

HONDURAS
Hello to Honduras 2/05 Cover
May 200
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MEXICO
Colonial Mexico 10/10
Fulfilling Your Basic Needs 6/10
The Soulful Side 12/09
Los Cabos for Luxurious Adventure 7/09
Hotel Chains 12/08
Uncommon Retreats • 0708
Report from Tianguis • 6/08
Puerto Vallarta • 12/07
Yucatan Glory Days • 07/ 07
Yucatan Peninsula • 05/ 07

NICARAGUA
May 2008 Round Up
Natural Beauty • 01/06

PANAMA
Growth Spurt • 0/ 07
Boca del Toro • 05/06

PARAGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
PERU
Amazon Odyssey: 11/10
Ancient Powers • 0908
Machu Picchu • 4/ 08
Festivals • 04/ 07

URUGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
VENEZUELA

May 2008 Round Up

THE MIDDLE EAST
DUBAI
Dubai’s Shifting Reality 3/09
EGYPT
Enduring Appeal 12/10
Beyond the Pyramids 810
Ancient Times, Modern World 4/10
Tourism Growth 12/09
Captivating, Affordable 12/08
Gaining Marketshares • 08/08
The Future is Now • 4/ 08

Touring • 11/07
Alone & Neighbors • 6/ 07
Temple Trekking • 7/06

ISRAEL
COVER: Negev Desert 12/10
Acre’s Old City 10/10
Exploring The Eco-Way
Israel Young and Old 11/09
Return to Little Screen 11/08
Spotlight on Haifa • 09/08
Sweet Secrets • 6/08
Eilat in Winter • 3/08
Beyond the Bible Belt • 1/ 08
Wine Routes • 11/07
Beyond Spiritual Ties • 9/ 07
Promises & Potential • 5/ 07

JORDAN
Plans for Next Millennium 7/09
New Sporting Life 3/09
The Royal Way... • 2/ 08
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oman–An Arabian Odyssey 910
Dubai Sands & Seas 12/08
Business in Dubai • 2/ 07
US

CANADA, HAWAII
ROUND UP SPAS
Dude Ranch Summer Deals 5/10
When Healing is More than Skin Deep
1/10
ALASKA
Fairbanks • 02/ 07
CALIFORNIA
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country 910
San Francisco • 01/ 08
Los Angeles • 01/ 07
CANADA
72 Hours in Montréal 710
Discover Quebec 7/09
Canadian Rail • 02/ 08

COLORADO
Vail’s Green Approach • 10/08
Supreme in Snow • 01/ 08

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
Perfect Weekend in DC 5/10
Gaylord National Park 11/08

FLORIDA
Orlando’s Attractions
Orlando’s Eternal Appeal 11/09
Orlando • 09/08
Naples • 03/ 08

Palm Beach • 11/07

HAWAII
Star Studded Courses • 04/ 08
Aloha Appeal • 08/ 07

LOUISIANA
New Orleans Child’s Play 8/09
New Orleans • 05/ 08
MAINE
Northeast Foliage 810
MAUI

Unforgettable Maui 5/09
NEVADA
Las Vegas, New & Renewed 6/10
Las Vegas • 04/ 08
Mandalay Bay • 12/07

Downtown Las Vegas • 07/ 07

NEW YORK
New York Deals 12/09
Big Apple Waterfalls • 08/08
TENNESSEE
Nowhere but Nashville 070
WASHINGTON
San Juan Island Adventure 11/10
WISCONSIN

Scenic Vacationland 1/09

CRUISE
ANTARTICA

In style in Antartica • 02/ 08
ASIA
China’s Heavenly River With Viking River Cruises 12/09
Yangtze River Rises to Star Status 08/09
China Yangtze River • 01/ 08

Viking River Cruises • 12/07
The South Pacific • 06/ 07

EUROPE
Ships & Itineraries Update 5/10
River Cruising • 03/08
Louis Cruises • 02/08
River & Canals • 03/07
The Danube • 01/07

LATIN AMERICA
Cruising Latin Beat • 11/07
WORLWIDE
Oasis Overtakes the Seas 1/10
Celebrity’s Solstice 1/09
Short & Sweet 09/08
High Seas Holiday • 09/07

SPECIAL INTEREST • SKI
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Passion for food 05/07
GOLF
Off Shore Courses • 10/07
RAIL
Europe Rail Travel 6/08
SAFARIS
African Safaris 3/10
African Safaris 6/08

SKI
Skiing the Northeast 12/10
Best US Ski-Cations Without the Crowds 11/09
Colorado • 01/ 08
Snow in right places • 12/ 07
Western USA • 9/07


OCTOBER 2012 FEATURE

Wandering Through Fairy Tales in Germany

By Denise Dube

Rapunzel, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood are not polychromatic Walt Disney creations. No, these familiar stories and dozens more are ancient Germanic and European legends, transformed by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s into fairy tales.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, scholars and linguists, scoured Germany and beyond to find lessons and warnings hidden in oral accounts that, for centuries, were passed from generation to generation. They immortalized that folklore and forever memorialized those accounts into the worlds’ most beloved stories.

This December marks the 200th anniversary of their first book: Tales of Children and Home. According to information from the Deutsche Marchenstrasse (German Fairy Street) the first book appeared in 1812 and is officially a UNESCO Memory of the World Document. And, rightfully so. The book, in a more modern form, sits on every library shelf (and in every language) around the globe. The original is in the Grimm Museum. Next year Germany and the Deutsche Marchenstrasse Association celebrate this milestone with Grimm 2013. The website (www.german-fairytaleroute.com) lists the events.

Relive those stories and the Grimm brothers’ history on the almost 373-mile German Fairy Tale Route that runs through the scenic and magical states of Hesse, Lower-Saxony and the city-state of Bremen. These memorable tales fascinated people then, now and probably forever. That’s probably why German officials mapped out the official Fairy Tale Route in 1975. Since then, visitors live the stories where they originated and see the cities and towns where the brothers lived, researched and wrote.

During the last few years there’s been a cinematic resurrection of those magical tales. Once Upon a Time, an ABC television show takes viewers to a magical land hidden in Storybrooke, Maine. It includes many of Grimm’s heroes and villains. Grimm, an NBC television show, focuses on a varied and darker version of those stories. On the bigger screen Charlize Theron plays the wicked queen in Snow White and the Huntsmen while Julia Roberts takes on a similar role in Mirror Mirror.

Once Upon a City or Town ...
Every great story has a beginning, middle and end - even the Fairy Tale Route, which officially starts only 20 minutes from Frankfurt in Hanau and nearby Steinau, and ends in Bremen. Some may opt to start in Bremen and end in Hanau. You’ll enjoy the trip no matter where you begin. No worries, fairy-tale themed road signs will help guide the way. Hanau is reachable by train from Frankfurt and although it is possible to reach the towns by train, it is much easier and faster to rent a car. Those who want to savor the experience should plan on spending one entire week savoring the mapped route, says Deutsche Maerchenstrasse Marketing Director, Brigitte Buchholz-Bloedow.

Even one week might not be enough for some. There are specific stops along the road, but some have seasonal festivals, reenactments, parades, parties and appearances. Although the route always includes stops in Hanau, Steinau, Marburg, Kassel, Sababurg, Trendelburg, Hannoverische-Muenden, Hameln and Bremen, additional festivities also occur somewhere along the route. It’s important to check the websites for ongoing and seasonal activities.

Once in Germany get to Hanau, where Jacob and Wilhelm were born in 1785 and 1786. Here you’ll see the Grimm Brothers National Monument, which officially starts the Fairy Tale Route. Buchholz-Bloedow also recommends visiting the Goldsmith Museum and the Hessian Doll Museum while in Hanau. Spend the first night nearby in one of the area’s hotels (listed with this article).

When choosing accommodations, opt for one of the many restored castles or at least one with a castle view. It’ll make the journey even more authentic. Even better, you’ll have the same view as the Grimm brothers. Who knows, maybe you’re sleeping where they found one of their stories.

Steinau is the first stop after Hanau, about 32 miles away. Jacob and Wilhelm lived and wrote there. The Brueder Grimm-Haus or the House of the Brothers Grimm, is now a museum run by Herr Burkhard Kling. A visit here will launch you into a fairy tale mentality.

Steinau’s 16th century castle sits behind a lively marketplace, its center a fairy-tale fountain honoring Jacob Grimm. According to Buchholz-Bloedow’s information, Steinau, “is a lovely, dreamy small village with framework houses....” There are also puppet plays and a devil’s cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. It’s a fair guess the boys found lots of story fodder in this old city.

Herr Kling said that portions of the museum are so well preserved the Jacob and Wilhelm would recognize their home. “...Visitors are able to feel a little bit of the world of the childhood of the Grimm children.”

“The ground floor ... shows the time, the area and the life of the Brothers Grimm. Also, there is something about the political work and their work as scientists in language,” Kling tells us. “The whole upper floor, with 10 rooms, is dedicated to the fairy tales... you can see, you can hear, you can feel fairy tales.”

“Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her, but most of all by her grandmother, and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet, which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called ‘Little Red-Cap.’” - Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the Brothers Grimm.

After your visit, wander 41 miles into the Alsfeld realm. Yes, Alsfeld is known all over the planet as Little Red Riding Hood’s neighborhood. She’s better known in Germany as “Rotkappchen,” literally Little Red Cap. She even has her own museum. Alsfeld old city is filled with half-timbered houses and a City Hall built in 1512. Maybe, just maybe you’ll see Red or her granny, even if only in statue form.

The next stop, 28 miles farther, is Marburg, an old university town. Marburg is considered the Cradle of German Romanticism and, where the two brothers studied. From Marburg, head toward Kassel, via Baunatal, Homberg and Fritzlar.

Kassel, 56 miles from Marburg, is the center of the Fairy Tale Route and offers half or full day fairy tale tours that include, among others, Mother Goose and Sleeping Beauty. Red Riding Hood makes another appearance here too. Kassel is also home to the Deutsche Marchenstrasse and the Brueder Grimm Museum, run by Herr Dr. Bernhard Lauer, Brother Grimm’s Museum Director and Secretary General of the International Association of the Brothers Grimm. Both museums have original material from the Jacob and Wilhelm, so make sure and visit both. The Grimm stories are known around the world, Lauer said. He did a bit of research and estimates that between 1812 and 2012 about one billion copies were published. Lauer notes that the brothers “kept detailed documentation of all their sources, from India to Europe, from the past to their present in Hesse.”

Unlike Hans Christian Anderson, the brothers kept their stories short and to the point. “They are meant to be short. When the message is done, the story ends.” The messages were sometimes cautionary and often times moral. Hansel and Gretel wander away from home, prodded by a less-than-loving mother. In the end, using their wits, they turn the tables on the witch and push her into the oven. OK, a bit dark, but stay close to home, don’t talk to strangers and keep your wits about you are messages that came through loud and clear in that one.

After leaving Kassel, go directly to Baunatal and find the Brauhaus Knallhuette. Have a meal at this 18th century pub where storyteller Dorothea Viehmann lived. She shared her stories with Jacob and Wilhelm and her tales appears in their books. Lucky diners may just catch a glimpse of “Dorothea Viehmann” sharing a yarn or two. Please don’t miss this one.

From there, head about 20 miles toward Trendelburg and Polle. The castle there sits on a rock and rises above the Diemel Valley. Stay if possible and immerse yourself in all that is magical. Every castle, every forest and every road will remind you of Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstilzchen and Schneewittchen (Snow White).

From Trendelburg, drive six miles to Sababurg, located in North Hesse’s Forest of Reinhardswald. Immerse yourself in the splendor of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. If there’s time, visit the local theater and cultural center. If you can pull yourself away from Kassel, Trendelburg and Sababurg, head 12.5 miles to Hannoverische-Muenden. The German Fairy Tale Route information states that it is “one of the seven most beautifully situated towns in the world.” (Yes, that’s believable, but then again most of Germany’s cities and towns are breathtaking.)

From Hannoverische-Muenden head 37.5 miles toward Fuerstenberg. The castle here is perched on a cliff and hangs over the River Weser, offering a breathtaking view. Furstenberg also has an operating porcelain factory that is more than 250 years old and still produces some of the best porcelain in Europe. Polle, only 16 miles from Fuerstenberg, is home to Cinderella. Fairy tale festivals occur from May to September. Not to worry if you miss this one, there are other seasonal events. Twenty-two more miles takes you to Hameln. Sound familiar?

This is home to the Pied Piper of Hameln. Wait a while and you’ll see the elf ish Pied Piper blowing into his flute and luring the town’s children away. Bad Oeynhausen, 31 miles past the Pied Piper, is a resort town. There are spas, gardens, regal buildings, a magical water park and theater and even another fairy tale museum. The last stop (or the first) is Bremen, 75 miles from Bad Oeynhausen. Bremen, home of Beck’s Beer, is so full of history it’s a good idea to stay more than a day.

Walk through the center and visit the Bremen City Musicians. The statue of four animals, one atop the other, is yet another fairy tale immortalized in bronze. Have lunch or dinner in the 600-year-old Ratskeller. It’s about 14 steps away from the Bremen Musicians. Before you go, rub the foot of the statue. You’ll know where, it’s worn to a golden sheen from all those who have rubbed before.

You’ve ended the Fairy Tale Route in Bremen, but not the Grimm’s Fairy Tale Journey. As Herr Kling said so aptly, “The Fairy Tale collection of the Brothers Grimm is not just a book for children, it’s a book for us all!”