Germany has ruined driving fun.
Unlike in previous years, we had given no consideration to an end-of-school-year holiday this time around because we and our passports are a little travel weary at the moment. But then Anna Grace asked if we could take the end-of-school long weekend to enjoy Zugspitze and to see Schloss Neuschwanstein again. The former has long been on her personal to-do list after Jack posted a snap from atop the peak during his Boy Scout Camp Counselor summers in Garmisch; and weather prevented her from an Instagram atop Germany’s highest peak on a previous visit. As for a Neuschwanstein return visit, well, aren’t most teenage girls princesses at heart?
Our last official day on the Fairy Tale Route dawned with clearing skies and the promise of a 15° day. Perfect! With Bremen being an approximate 2-hour one-way autobahn drive from Hameln, and an extension further north to Bremerhaven as an option, CTF joined us for the day trip.
Leaving our kitschy apartment near Kassel we stopped first at Burgruine Polle, the “home” of Cinderella. The story originates in France (we think), and was tinkered with by the Brothers Grimm. They had traveled through the area and thought the ruins would make a perfect setting for the story. So, viola! We preferred to believe the ruins were truly that of the chateau where Cinderella slaved for her Stepmother and Stepsisters.
After a much-appreciated breakfast on our schedule in the apartment, the “Princess” highlights of the Fairy Tale Route beckoned. Squire CTF was all too happy to let us wander whilst he snoozed upon the sofa, and so we set off into the misty hills first toward Trendelburg, Rapunzel’s castle and tower.
Happy to bid, “Auf Wiedersehen” to Somber Town, we pointed the carriage the following morning first toward Alsfeld and the home of Little Red Riding Hood.
…Princess Anna Grace and her Squire Clayton Theodore asked to survey Germany’s Fairy Tale Route. So, for the AIS Fall Break this year, we packed the five-horse turbo-charged diesel carriage and set forth for a weeklong road trip through Germany and all places Brothers Grimm.