Ok, I’m going to level with you all, the fairy route is certainly an interesting and intriguing collection of beautiful German towns and villages, but some of the connections are a little woolly, even for the optimistic folks little myself …..
Take for example the fine town of Hofgeismar
(N 51.4953, E 9.3747)
Set among the mystical boughs of the Reinhardswald Nature Park in Germany, the charming town of Hofgeismar is a tapestry woven from enchanted dreams, where whispering winds carry tales of years passed
Hofgeismar could well be the fairytale capital of Germany, its very essence infused with the magic of the Brothers Grimm.
The entire sleepy town whispers with enchantment.
Explore the twisting medieval streets, their half-timbered houses, each seeming to harbor a secret story.
Now oddly the town lays claim to a fairytale, because of the majestic Sababurg Castle which to us was nowhere near the town ……
And was the very inspiration for the Brothers Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty!
Now brushing aside this landmark, which is about 5 miles away, the town has another, probably more inspiring story to tell …..
Two rival noblemen, Landgrave Hermann II of Hesse and Count Eberhard of Eberstein, clashed over territorial claims. War loomed, threatening the peace of the region.
The air crackles with anticipation as two knights, Landgraf Philipp of Hesse and Duke Heinrich of Braunschweig, face off in a high-stakes duel. Not one fought with sword or lance,their weapons the clattering roll of dice.
The town square buzzing with anticipation. The two nobles, clad in their finest armor, face off across a makeshift table. dice, heavy with destiny, are cast. The tension hangs thick in the air as each roll reverberates through the crowd.
The stakes? The very fate of Hofgeismar and its surrounding lands.
With a single throw, Philipp’s luck held, securing the town’s independence and etching his name in local lore.
This legendary game, immortalized in a bronze sculpture on the Marktstrasse, has become a symbol of Hofgeismar’s resilience and spirit.
So, sometime the ‘Real Legend’ is way more intriguing that the ‘tourists tales’