Hanau-The Town of Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German cultural researchers and authors who together specialized in collecting and publishing folklore during the 19th century. They were among the best-known storytellers of folk tales, and popularized stories such as “Cinderella”, “The Frog Prince”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “Rapunzel”, “Rumpelstiltskin”, and “Snow White”. Their first collection of folk tales, Children’s and Household Tales was published in 1812.

The city of Hanau in Hesse has the moniker, “Brüder-Grimm-Stadt” (Brothers Grimm City). Literature’s favourite sibling collaboration was born in Hanau in 1785 and 1786, and there’s a national memorial to the brothers at the Neustädter Markt . This monument is at the centre of a grid of streets from the beginning of the 17th century when Hanau was a citadel fortified by bastions.

Hanau’s location on the junction of the rivers Main and Kinzig invites you to enjoy some beautiful river scenery. Not far from the river junction is the romantic castle Phillipsruhe and the picturesque suburb Kesselstadt.

Located about 25 km east of Frankfurt, Hanau provides very good public transport and is well connected to the main