Here at last! This spot marks the start of the German Fairy Tale Road. Hanau is the birthplace of the Grimm Brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (die Brüder Grimm) It was founded in year 1143. A lot of the original town was completely destroyed during airstrikes in WWII (including the original house the brothers were born in). In the past few years, the city has been working hard to rebuild.
Jakob Grimm was born in 1785, and his brother Wilhelm Grimm was born 1786 to an upper middle class family. The two boys lived in Hanau for the first few years of their lives, before moving to a house in Steinau.
The city seems thrilled with its heritage- flags bearing "die Bruder Grimm" line the streets, and the statue seems to take up a good part of the square. Check it out:
In addition to the statue, the city also boasts the Philippsruhe Castle, which was built in 1700 to 1725 and is home to a wide variety of artwork. It has an absolutely beautiful park, which I like to image Jakob and Wilhelm playing around in as children.
Tomorrow, I head over to Alsfeld and Steinau- the town where the Brothers Grimm grew up and eventually learned to call home.