Gourmet Castle Self-Drive Tour. Stay in Castles and Palaces along this beautiful tour along the German Fairy-tale Route and enjoy three 3-course Gourmet-Dinners which are already included!
Your stays at the Castles and Palaces will create authentic and unforgettable memories which cannot be experienced by traveling in a group. Along the route you will visit many of the small towns and villages – off the beaten track – where the Grimm Brothers collected their famous stories.
This beautiful Self drive tour includes castle and palace accommodation and an executive class rental car(see the tableau this is already included in the price of your tour). Here you also find everything else that is included: rental car, hotels.
Price per person
|two sharing a double room||one in a single room||three sharing a triple room|
|US $ 1,389||US $ 2,269||US $ 1,199*|
*includes an upgrade from an executive to a luxury size car.
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Day 1 Frankfurt Int. Airport / Romrod Castle /Alsfeld
You tour starts right from Frankfurt Int. Airport and you will first stay at Romrod Castle. The Castle, which dates back to the 12th century, is just about an hour from the airport. You will stay here for two nights and you may want to start sightseeing by visiting nearby Alsfeld. The town is just a couple of minutes from Romrod Castle and it has a beautiful medieval Old Town with some of Germany’s finest examples of half-timbered architecture. Especially around the market square you will find the Weinhaus, the medieval Standerhaus and the Wedding House (Hochzeitshaus).
Day 2 Hanau and Steinau an der Strasse
On Day 2 you will visit places where the Grimm Brothers were born and grew up: Hanau, Steinau an der Strasse, and Gelnhausen. On Hanau’s market square one can see the monument reminding us of the two famous brothers. The monument stands right in front of the “Neustadter Rathaus” (Neustadter Town Hall) with its attractive sandstone façade. You may want to take a look at the Marienkirche (Marien Church) its sanctuary is the city’s oldest preserved building and the “Deutsche Goldschmiedehaus” (German Goldsmith House) which is now a museum showing the tradition of the goldsmiths in Hanau. Also Castle Philippsruhe and the lovely historic park “Wilhelmsbad” are worth visiting.
In Gelnhausen´s Old Town you may want to visit the ruins of an imperial fortress which was used by Emperor Barbarossa as well as the witch tower, built in the middle of the 15th century as a turret.It was also used as a dungeon for those unfortunate ones accused of being witches. Yet another short drive takes you to the Brothers Grimm city of Steinau an der Strasse. The Brothers Grimm lived here for seven years during their childhood. The Amtshaus (office house) where they lived was already 200 years old when they moved here in 1791. Visit the picturesque Old Town of Steinau an der Strasse where the Grimm Brothers lived in the “Amtshaus” which was already 200 years old when they moved there in 1791.
Day 3 Marburg
On your way from Romrod Castle to Waldeck Castle, located at Lake Edersee, you visit Marburg – the historical Old Quarter is spellbinding. Walk narrow and twisting alleys paved with cobblestones, past buildings that are architectural treasures. The entire castle hill has secrets in the air. Visit the Church of St. Elizabeth, and the University, founded in 1527 as the first Protestant University in the world. A visit to Spiegelslustturm (Emperor William’s Tower) is a perfect outing. From the Belvedere Tower, there is a splendid view of Marburg and the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the drive to Castle Waldeck towering above the scenic Lake Edersee and enjoy your Castle stay!
Day 4 Day Trip to Kassel
From Castle Waldeck, it takes about 45 minutes to Kassel, the heart of the German Fairy-tale route. Here in Kassel the Brothers Grimm lived for over thirty years, working as librarians at the Electoral Library, known now as the Fridericanum, Europe’s first public museum, which today is the center of the “documents” exhibitions. A must see is in Kassel is the UNESCO Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe (Mountain Park) with the Hercules Monument, Kassel´s landmark. From there you have a magnificent view over the city. The Lions Castle and the water fountains are also worth seeing before you return back to Waldeck Castle.
Day 5 Sleeping Beauty Castle Sababurg and Trendelburg
On your way to Petershagen Palace, you will visit the Castles Sababurg and Trendelburg. Sababurg – fairytale castle of Brothers Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty was founded in 1334 by the Archbishop of Mainz. Here, in the heart of beautiful Reinhardswald Forest, a thickly-forested area, the Landgraves of Hesse erected a splendid hunting seat on the foundation walls of the original structure in 1490. With the medieval castle garden, herb and vegetable garden, the ascent of the tower and the romantic flair of decay, the castle is a place of discovery. Plus there is added charm during the rose season from the end of May through August. The fortress and town of Trendelburg are the scene of oft-told fairytales and myths. According to the saga, the name giver of the fortress, “Trendula” was killed by lightning out in an open field. Traces of this lightning hit can be seen in the so-called “cloudbursts”, two deep craters which visitors can circle around on a walking path. The conspicuous Rapunzel Tower in the medieval fortifications, high up on the hill, is a landmark from afar. Rapunzel is letting down her long braid for the prince to climb up. Fairytale lanterns with cut-out silhouettes of Grimm fairy tales and sagas of the Reinhard Forest decorate the Old Town of Trendelburg.
Day 6 Day Trip to Hamelin
From Petershagen Palace you need less than an hour to the famous city of Hamelin. And who is responsible for the town’s fame? Of course the “Rattenfanger von Hameln”, the Pied Piper! In Hamelin you will find many historic stone- and timber-framed-buildings, many built in the Renaissance style, such as the “Rattenfangerhaus” (Pied Piper House), the “Dempterhaus” and the “Hochzeitshaus” (wedding house). The Munster is the oldest church in Hameln. Services have been held here for over 1,000 years. It is open every day from 9am to 6pm.
Day 7 Bremen
Today take a drive to Bremen, home to the famous Bremen Town Musicians. The city’s Town Hall with its Renaissance architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together with the statue of the “Roland” on the Bremer marketplace and the famous bronze display of the Bremen Town Musicians on the Town Hall’s western side, it is an incomparable tourist attraction. The “Muehle am Wall”(mill) is the last mill left out of the original eight, which were once built on the wall of the inner city. The mill was in use until 1950. Today it is a cafe. Visit the “Schnorr“, the town’s oldest living quarters, and do not miss “Boettcherstrasse”, Bremen’s “secret main road”.
Your tour ends today. You may extend your stay in Bremen or return your rental car at several stations in Germany (e.g. Hamburg, Frankfurt International Airport, Berlin – please let us know at the time of the booking).
This is already included in the price of your tour
|Day 1 - Frankfurt Int. Airport to Romrod Castle near Alsfeld/ Romrod Castle||Romrod Castle||Executive size rental car with GPS for the duration of your tour and the book "The German Fairy-tale Landscape"|
|Day 2 - Day trip to Hanau and Steinau an der Strasse||Romrod Castle||Buffet breakfast and Three-course Dinner* at Romrod Castle|
|Day 3 - Romrod Castle to Castle Waldeck/ Marburg||Castle Waldeck||Buffet breakfast at Castle Waldeck|
|Day 4 - Day Trip to Kassel||Castle Waldeck||Buffet breakfast and Three-course Dinner* at Castle Waldeck|
|Day 5 - Castle Waldeck to Petershagen Palace/ Sababurg and Trendelburg||Petershagen Palace||Buffet breakfast at Petershagen Palace|
|Day 6 - Day Trip to Hamelin||Petershagen Palace||Buffet breakfast and Three-couse Dinner* at Petershagen Palace|
|Day 7 - Petershagen Palace to Bremen||Buffet breakfast at Petershagen Palace|
*drinks are not included
Your tour package includes all vouchers and information necessary to enjoy a great independent tour. The tour package also contains tour information sheets (20-35 pages) with general information about the tour and a day by day itinerary which you can download from our website once your booking is confirmed.
This is not included in the price of your tour
- Airfare from/to your origin to/from Germany
- all meals other than breakfast (which is included every day) and three 3-course Gourmet Dinners (which are already included)
- parking fees (there are no parking fees at the Castle and Palace Hotels you stay at)
- gratuities (tips)
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7-DAY GOURMET & CASTLE SELF-DRIVE TOUR Terry & I are now in Hamburg and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful places we have seen and stayed in ! We had a fabulous time and would like to advise that both Castle Waldeck and Schlob Petershagen were both wonderful experiences. Both hotels had excellent facilities and wonderful staff, all be it, both very different experiences. When we arrived at Schlob Petershagen, we were shown a great deal of hospitality which made our stay very personal, thank you. I believe we were true to your itinerary and visited each and every one of the itinerary suggestions. Travelling with a GPS is certainly the best way to travel and I will never attempt to travel any other way in future ! On arrival in Bremen we had a most enjoyable morning and on arrival at the Park Hotel, we were absolutely astonished at the venue for our last evening on tour! Oh what a wonderful way to end a fabulous week! Once again we would like to thank you for your attention to detail and for your precise planning on all accounts. I am yet to put my documents together for our train trip next week but will do so over the week. – Sharon & Terry, Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia View more
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Greeting from China! We just came back home after this unforgettable trip. This tour is great for all family members, young and old. Having vacation with 6 and 16 year old is challenging as they have different priorities. Amazingly this trip worked well for all! We can choose where to visit, and the girls reached agreements fairly easy. We were both fascinated by the castle Romrod, as it is like coming out of fairy tale be ook. They have the best house beer. The castle Waldeck and petershagan was very different. We enjoyed swimming at the lake, and at the backyard of the castle. The only difficulty is there is no air conditioning, and it was too hot to bear. Thanks to the little guide book, we visited many interesting places, yet, we could tailor it to your interest, great experience! Highly recommended.