The rain continues! Turns out that we're getting quite a storm in Germany this week. There's been a lot of flooding, and we've gotten to take some cool alternate routes places.
Despite the rain, it was time for a trip to Kassel! The city of Kassel, which is just north of Waldeck and Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, calls itself "the Capitol of the Brothers Grimm Trail." It was in this town that Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm spent 30 years of their life, which they called "the happiest times of our life" in their autobiographies. They would go to school here, return to work as librarians, and do a large part of their writing from the city.
It's also home to the largest museum of the Brothers Grimm. On the way to the museum, you can see the city square memorializing the Brothers for their work in Kassel:
After seeing the square, I headed to Grimmwalt Kassel, which is a museum that is dedicated to the work of the Brothers Grimm. It is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Documents, including the original printing of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale book with their notes, and several original letters from them
Did you know that one of the biggest accomplishments of the Brothers Grimm has nothing to do with Fairy Tales? In the later part of their lives, they were tasked with writing a dictionary of German Lingustics and Words. This doesn't sound all that exciting, until you learn that it was the first dictionary of its kind. A lot of Germans credit the Brothers Grimm with preserving their language and culture. Who would have thought that the dictionary was so essential?!?!!?
The other thing that they shared was how political they were. When Germany was taken over by the English and the constitution suspended, the Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm joined a group of professors who wrote a letter in protest of this decision. This was seen as treason, and they were given just a few days to flee the country. They had to move to Berlin!
I was fascinated by everything the museum had to offer, and it did a good job providing an in-depth look at their lives. I can't wait to share more later!