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Sleeping Beauty and Town Musicians of Bremen

By Nahoko Sato |

Travel to Germany to find two destinations where a fairy tale vacation awaits.


When you were little, before you fell asleep, your parents probably read you a story. Was it was an epic, romantic or an adventure story? Close your eyes and take a moment to remember which one was your favorite. Now, continue reading as DINKtravelers invites you to visit two destinations that will immerse you in the world of fairy tales.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales were written in nineteenth-century Germany by the Grimm brothers. The first and second volumes were published in 1812 and 1815, respectively. Since then, these books have been translated into more than 160 languages. Yes, they’re quite popular all over the world!


Without doubt, one of the most famous of their stories is Sleeping Beauty. Surely, whenever we have to wake up for work on Mondays we’ve all dreamt about sleeping for ages like this cursed princess only to be awakened by true love’s kiss. But another thing we’ve dreamt about is living in (or at least visiting on vacation) Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, which stands in the heart of the Reinhardswald forest, in Germany.

The Sababurg, a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, was first called Zappenburg, and then Zapfenburg. It was founded in 1334 by the Archbishop of Mainz and its purpose was to protect pilgrims who passed on their way to the pilgrimage town of Gottsbüren. That’s why it was constructed on a hill in the middle of a dense forest. After Mainz was defeated, this castle was possessed by the Landgraviate of Hesse. Then, it was used as a hunting lodge. Finally, it was restored by the state of Hesse and it opened to the public in 1957.

Visit this landmark and you’ll discover why it inspired the creation of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  It’s surrounded by a hedge of thorns and it stands in the center of a timeless environment. It’s a fairy tale scenery! When roses bloom, they embrace the castle making it look even more enchanting.

But the world of fairy tales is not reserved only to princesses. In Town Musicians of Brementhere’s an old donkey that’s no longer able to work so his owner decides not to feed him anymore. The donkey leaves to join a music band in Bremen, and on his way, he meets a dog, a cat and a rooster who share similar stories. The donkey convinces them to join the music band in Bremen and, even though they never reach their destination, they share tons of fun adventures.


In their honor, there is a statue in Bremen that portrays the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster. It was created in 1951 by artist Gerhard Marcks, and it’s found next to the city hall. According to a legend, if you touch one of the donkey’s forelegs and make a wish, it will come true.

Now you know, in these two destinations a fairy tale vacation awaits.