When I woke up this morning, it was pouring and foggy! The fog is really spooky, but definitely adds to that “Fairy Tale” atmosphere. Despite the gloomy weather, it was time to head over to the town of Bad Wildungen, which is where Snow White’s Castle is. Snow White’s Castle (really Schloss Friedrichstein) stands atop a hill, and in the mist and the rain it looks pretty spooky:
Did you know that Snow White was inspired by a real person? The Brothers Grimm were allegedly inspired for the character of “Snow White” by the story of the Margaretha von Waldeck, who was the daughter of a count. In the 16th century, she lived in the castle and died from poisoning in her early 20s.
Today, Schloss Fredrickstein is just outside of the town of Bad Wildungen. Check it out:
Today, the town of Bad Wildungen is home to a cute (but very wet) downtown area.
After leaving Bad Wildungen, Wolfhagen was next up on the list! This tiny town served as the inspiration for many of Grimms’ animal fairy tales, such as the Hare’s Bride, the Wolf and the Man, and Fox and the Cat (to name a few – did you know that the Brothers Grimm had written over 211 tales by their seventh published edition!?!?)
Just outside the town, there are old ruins of a former castle. Weidelsburg Castle was built in the early 1100s, but burned down in the late 1400s-early 1500s, which means that by the time of Columbus, the castle was already laying in ruins. Today, you can climb and explore the ruins on your own. Check it out:
Tomorrow, it’ll be time to head to Kassel, where the Brothers Grimm went to school as young teens. I’m excited to learn more!