The Land of the Brothers Grimm

And the residents of Hesse take the honor seriously…well, kind of seriously…

Driving through a Hessian town devoted to Snow White

Friday was Brisket’s 35th birthday!  I pestered him for weeks about what he wanted- and it turned out he wanted to go somewhere.  Big surprise.

If you were me, you start looking for hotels and destinations- and about an hour into the process become incredibly frustrated as it appears that everything is booked.  Everything!   Who travels in Germany in the dead of winter?  Who I ask you?

What?  Valentine’s Day?  Oh, yeah.  That makes sense.

Long story short, I eventually stumbled on a castle/hotel that had an open room, the Schloss Waldeck.  It also happened to be located in the region of Hesse, the birthplace of Brisket’s ancestors from the days of yore*.

Waldeck castle was beautiful- and though it was completely renovated a couple of years ago and the rooms are pretty modern- we were excited to sleep in a real castle.

View from our room:

The lobby and exteriors retained the “castle feel”.

And an awesome view over Lake Edersee.

After tracking down the Brisket family origins, we also headed into the nearby town of Fritzlar.  The town is known for its half-timbered houses, full medieval town wall, and a high rate of frost bite due to sub-zero temperatures in February.

Li and I huddling to stay warm.

The Hesse Region was beautiful- but pretty deserted.  I can only imagine it during high season- and am kind of glad we were able to visit for Brisket’s birthday in the winter.

Li was just glad we celebrated Brisket’s birthday with cake.

*Yore being an official word meaning “between 100 and 1,000 years ago”.

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Categories: deployment, Germany, Hus (Brisket), photography, travel | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “The Land of the Brothers Grimm

  1. I first thought that those dwarfs were real humans! Haha. Anyway, thanks for sharing your journey. I enjoy reading it:)

  2. M A

    The pictures are beautiful!! Looks like lots of fun too.

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