Fairy Tales Abroad!
May 24, 2017
One of our co-founders, Sara Cleto, has recently returned from two weeks in Germany, a country with a rich folkloric history. We’d like to share some of her fairy-tale highlights with you!
A particularly delightful thing about Germany is that there are little nods to fairy tales everywhere. Between a burger place called “Käppchen” to a popular wine label of the same name to statues on street corners, fairy tales, especially Little Red Riding Hood, add a dash of magic to the city-scapes.
Germany is famous for its castles, most notably those constructed by Ludwig II. Though by all accounts he was not a very effective king, he had a thing for grandeur and drama, leading to his decision to build 3 new castles and 7 hunting lodges simultaneously. Most of them were never finished, including Neuschwanstein, which was built as an homage to Wagner and his operas. Neuschwanstein was one of Disney’s inspirations when he created Cinderella’s castle, so it was especially amazing seeing this one in person.
Much to our eternal delight, we discovered that there is a fairy-tale bar called, appropriately enough, Fairytale. This place is a fairy-tale lover’s dream. All the drinks are named after fairy-tale characters and figures, from the “Cinderella” (which is served in a glass slipper!) to the Black Knight to the Cheshire Cat. The low lighting and magical touches all around the room, including shimmering tables, woodcut prints, strange vials, and antique fairy-tale books that have been transformed into talking menus with a windup butterfly that darts out of pages as you turn them, makes you feel like you have stumbled into Wonderland.
Finally, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, perhaps the most famous fairy-tale collectors and editors in the Western world, are buried in Berlin, so a pilgrimage was necessary.
If you could go on a fairy-tale pilgrimage, where would you go? What would you see?