Today, I headed to Steinau, which is the house of the Brothers Grimm. Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm spent a great part of their childhood here, as did their painter brother, Ludwig Emil Grimm.
The Grimm house is located on a quaint stretch of cobblestone road with some very iconic looking fairy tale houses. You could tell that the Grimm Brothers took a lot of inspiration from their hometown. Check it out:
After a quick walk around town, I ventured to the Grimm House: (note- the museum has a strict no-photos policy, so I was only able to capture the outside…)
Did you know that in the 1800s, it was very hard for women to work? Instead, it was common for large household responsibilities to be passed along to the first born son, even if they were young. That’s what happened to the Grimm Family. After their father died of pneumonia, the Grimm family was plunged into poverty, and they were forced to move from their happy childhood home. Jakob (and, because they were close in age, his brother Wilhelm) inherited a lot of responsibilities at age 10-11! They would handle them for the next couple years, until leaving for schooling in the town of Kassel (more on that in a few days!)
Next, it was time to head over to Alsfeld, which is the start of Little Red Riding Hood territory. It’s named for the red caps that unmarried ladies used to wear. Alsfeld is also called the Fairy Tale town, and it’s easy to see why:
The town has also been voted as "Model European City".
Tomorrow, I will be visiting Bad Wildungen (the town that inspired "Snow White" and Wolfhagen (the town that inspired many Brothers Grimm animal stories) and seeing some castle ruins. I can't wait to climb around and explore!