The German Fairy Tale road tour

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From thePuss in Boots up to Snow White, from Hansel and Gretel to Little Red Riding Hood just to mention two well-known names. The Fairytale Road in Germany stretches over 660 km and goes from Frankfurt to Hamburg. At the beginning of the nineteenth the Brothers Grimm lived here, who found inspiration for their fairy tales. The permanent exhibition of the Grimmwelt, 1600 square meters long, is dedicated to them. On the way you will discover interactive stations, games inspired by fairy tales, sound installations and avant-garde art and curiosity for children

Within the Fairy Tale Route, there is a Unesco Heritage site, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, the largest hill park in Europe. Its construction took more than a hundred years and the stone falls literally leave you breathless. Among water features and streams, the castles are special and in the Löwenburg the little improvised knights can even take shields and swords and start a battle.

The route of the fairytale road starts from Hanau, a Bavarian town where the two Grimms were born, passing through Marburg with the old town with 14 stages that celebrate their fairytales. Then there is Christenberg, which is the village where Hansel and Gretel and Schwalmstadt were set with the woods that inspired Little Red Riding Hood. Further north is Hofgeismar, with its castle location of Sleeping Beauty. Furthermore, in Oberweiser the stories of The Puss in Boots and Snow White were born, and in Burg Polle, the castle, he recalls that of Cinderella. Hamelin is the city of the Pied Piper and Bremen, finally, is the home of the famous Musicians.

We were inspired by the itinerary of Elisbeth Sarco and her kids and we prepare a special package for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids 6/9 years old) with all the activities suggested for a wonderfuland unforgettable holiday.

click here to discover our 8 days self drive package starting only at $2,149 for the intere family

and during your trip read with your kids.. The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Snow White, Cindarella, Rapunzel  and Children’s and Household Tales


		
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The Enchanting Tarot Garden – Tuscany

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Il Giardino dei Tarocchi – The Tarot Garden – was founded in 1979 by Niki de Saint Phalle, a volcanic writer, painter and French director, who took inspiration for her creation from a visit to the Guell Park of Gaudí, Barcelona and the Monster Garden of Bomarzo.  With 22 huge statues are scattered in the garden. These are made of steel and concrete and are filled with glass, mirrors and colorful ceramics.

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The realization of these statues, for which it took over 17 years, were attended by prestigious names of art including Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Paul Wiedmer, to name just a few. To welcome visitors to the park entrance is an impressive pavilion with a single, wide circular opening in the center. The art park is open to the public since 1998 and is located in the village of Garavicchio, near Capalbio in the province of Grosseto.

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The garden is a real open-air museum, perfectly inserted in the hilly landscape of the Maremma, a park of exceptional charm, unique in the world, one of the most important examples of environmental art in Italy.

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Why the Tarot Garden? Because its creator has populated it with statues inspired by the figures of the major arcana. Works of art are a perfect synthesis of symbolism and exotics, architecture and design, art and nature, tradition and modernity. The particularity of this park is given by the possibility of experiencing art in person, literally passing through, in a path free from restrictive indications. This is why it is perfect for families with children.

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Some peculiar characteristics: The Tarot Garden extends over a total area of ​​about 2 hectares, some of its statues reach a height of almost 15 meters and the most curious that can be admired are The Wheel of Fortune, a self-propelled mechanical sculpture created by Jean Tiguely, who located in the middle of a pool dominated by the figures of the Pope and the Magician. From which the tour of the Garden starts. During the visit, do not just look upwards but also take a look at the path you are walking, which is accompanied by engravings showing quotes, messages and thoughts.

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The most famous statues: In addition to those mentioned above, the most appreciated and the most eclectic are the Wizard, with his hand covered with mirrors, the sun in the shape of a bird, the hanged man, placed inside the tree of life, the lovers or Adam and Eve who make a picnic and the Empress represented in the shape of a sphinx.

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Average duration of the visit: Inside the park you can move according to your needs and needs. For an accurate visit, considering to cut out a time frame of at least 40 minutes Because of its particular appearance, its delicacy, and with the aim of preserving the magical atmosphere that you breathe in the garden, visits are possible only in some periods of the year (usually from April to October), limited in time slots predetermined, for a limited number of visitors. Moreover, the artist’s desire, in order to safeguard the freedom of movement of visitors, does not include guided tours or a pre-established itinerary. The Tarot Garden is currently managed by the foundation “il Giardino dei Tarocchi”, a private foundation that takes care of the constant maintenance care that this park requires.

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