So my hubby’s heading over to Germany shortly for a week of training in Frankfurt. I thought of trying to go with him and doing some fun tourist stuff with our son while he was working, but Frankfurt looks like a pleasant place to live but not a particularly interesting tourist town.

I’ve been to Germany only once before and for a very short time. When I was living in France for school in 1992, I did a whirlwind rail trip through Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Liechtenstein and Germany. I remember two main things: tracking down a lovely little beer garden in Munich and spending a couple days with a friend who was spending a semester at the university in Heidelberg. Not really a lot of site seeing done in Germany, so I need to come up with at least one fun family trip to take while we’re here.

The first thing that comes to mind is Neuschwanstein, the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace in Bavaria that inspired Disney’s castles. A little research reveals that there are a ton of fairy tale castles in Germany…and even a famous driving route called The German Fairy Tale Road.

This route connects the towns and landscapes that were the inspiration for their most famous fairy tales. You can hike in Little Red Riding Hood’s forest, visit the castle of Sleeping Beauty, and climb up the tower from where Rapunzel let down her hair. According to About.com, almost all the towns along the Fairy Tale Road offer family-friendly activities, such as puppet shows, parades, concerts, and lovely statues of your favorite fairy tale characters.

And there are other great drives, like the Romantic Road that leads you from the Franconia wine country to the foot of the German Alps; the Castle Road that is lined with more than 70 castles and palaces and goes from Manheim to Prague; and the Wine Road in Rhineland, which is the country’s oldest scenic drive.

Since our son is still too young to drink or be the designated driver, I think the Fairy Tale Road sounds like the best option. Here’s a fun site called Family Vacation Critic that has more info on Fairy Tale Road attractions. Or we could combine a couple routes and drive down to Prague to visit some friends that should be posted there this summer! Now we just have to find a good time to take another week off of work.

Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale Road Map.

Grimm Brothers Fairy Tale Road Map.

Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle.

A bronze statue by Gerhard Marcks depicting the Bremen Town Musicians located in Bremen.

A bronze statue by Gerhard Marcks depicting the Bremen Town Musicians located in Bremen.

Erlebnispark Steinau, an amusement park in Steinau an der Strasse, childhood home of the Brothers Grimm.

Erlebnispark Steinau, an amusement park in Steinau an der Strasse, childhood home of the Brothers Grimm.

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