Ambience at the Romantik Landhotel Bärenmühle
Pure romanticism in the home of the Brothers Grimm
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are known all over the world, but they have their roots in the Grimm country of northern Hesse. This picture-book landscape once served as a model for Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s world-famous fairy tales, which they collected in the picturesque area around Kassel. One of their fairy tales may have originated in the Lengeltal valley, just a few hundred yards from the Bärenmühle – here, the Huguenots told each other the tale of the wolf and the two (!) little goats…
This part of northern Hesse has retained its unique charm to this day and is regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful hilly landscapes. Romantic half-timbered buildings, a mediaeval town centre and formidable castles take visitors back to a time when wishes made a difference.
- Huguenot colony in Louisendorf with a delightful little half-timbered church built in 1703
- Kellerwald-Edersee National Park and World Heritage Site with ancient beech forests and the picturesque Edersee reservoir
- Frankenberg old town, half-timbered town hall with ten towers built in 1509, the museum in the monastery with works by Reformation sculptor Philipp Soldan, and the chair museum dedicated to the once world-famous Thonet furniture company.
- Haina Cistercian monastery, Romanesque/Gothic monastery church with the Philipp stone – an impressive stone relief from the Reformation era – and 13th century choir stalls; cloister, psychiatry museum and exhibition about the painter Johann Wilhelm Tischbein, who was born here and painted the world-famous picture of Goethe in the Campagna.
- Bad Wildungen – formerly the Kaiser Wilhelm Spa – with spa promenade, grand neo-classical buildings, a spa museum and an altarpiece painted by Konrad von Soest in 1403 (with the first depiction of someone wearing glasses).
- Bad Arolsen with a princely palace – a small Versailles tucked behind the forest, baroque town centre and various museums, including the birthplace of the sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch.
- Fritzlar with its Catholic cathedral, cathedral treasury and mediaeval town walls.
- Kassel with the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a World Heritage Site, complete with Hercules monument, and an array of museums, including Grimm World, a museum about the life and works of the Brothers Grimm.
- Frankenberg 11.00 km
- Bad Wildungen 20.00 km
- Fritzlar 35.00 km
- Kassel 70.00 km