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Fairy Tales in the Black Forest: Germany With Your Grandchild

Program No. 23646RJ
Escape to a world of fairy tales, fantastic landscapes and a whole lot of fun with your grandchild as you explore the villages, wilderness and folklore surrounding the Black Forest.

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Age 9 - 12
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Jun 17 - Jun 25, 2024
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Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2024
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At a Glance

Think you know the real story? Think again. Alongside your grandchild, venture to Germany’s Black Forest, where fairy tales were first dreamed up and the Brothers Grimm sat down to tell their tales. From “Hansel and Gretel” to “Sleeping Beauty,” some of the most famous stories were shaped in this part of this world, and now you’ll have the awesome opportunity to learn how they came to be. Along the way, feel like you’ve stepped into a picture book yourself as you both explore castles, waterfalls, tiny villages and fun markets together.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles a day and standing for up to two hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm and get swept away in their fairy tales at the awesome Grimm Fairytale Kingdom – an interactive museum.
  • Visit the Black Forest Museum, home to over 1,000 cuckoo clocks!
  • Hike to the tippy top of Schlossberg Tower and explore the forest on foot as you feel like Little Red Riding Hood exploring the wilderness.
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Jens-Peter Meyer
Jens studied economics and political science in Germany and France. He worked for a few years in industry and finance before becoming a full-time group leader 20 years ago, certified by the city of Frankfurt, the European Space Agency and the German National Tourist Guide Association. His customers include the German Central Bank and Rocco Forte Hotels. With a good sense of humor, he combines information with entertainment.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jens studied economics and political science in Germany and France. He worked for a few years in industry and finance before becoming a full-time group leader 20 years ago, certified by the city of Frankfurt, the European Space Agency and the German National Tourist Guide Association. His customers include the German Central Bank and Rocco Forte Hotels. With a good sense of humor, he combines information with entertainment.
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John has been professionally enchanting both young and old with the power of live stories for 25 years. He weaves a magic web of words to catch your soul, wraps it around with the sweet tones of his trombone and sends you home feeling the world differently. In 2018 he was the winner of the first prize at Germany's only storytelling competition.
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Charlotte Frey is an American citizen who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, with a History and English Literature degree. After working for an academic research foundation in New York City, she moved to Germany when her husband came to Heidelberg to teach. Following a four-month course, she became an exploration leader in Heidelberg and embarked on an endless adventure of discovery. Charlotte’s unique experience features the in-depth Road Scholar approach with its accompanying highly skilled personnel.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Germany: Memories of a Nation
by Neil MacGregor
From Neil MacGregor, the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects, this is a view of Germany like no otherFor the past 140 years, Germany has been the central power in continental Europe. Twenty-five years ago a new German state came into being. How much do we really understand this new Germany, and how do its people now understand themselves?
Five Germanys I have known
by Fritz Stern
The "German question" haunts the modern world: How could so civilized a nation be responsible for the greatest horror in Western history? In this unusual fusion of personal memoir and history, the celebrated scholar Fritz Stern refracts the question through the prism of his own life.
The Castles of the Rhine: Recreating the Middle Ages in Modern Germany
by Robert Taylor
Far from being mere antiquarian or sentimental curiosities, the rebuilt or reused fortresses of the Rhine reflect major changes in Germany and Europe during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taylor begins The Castles of the Rhine with a synopsis of the major political, social and intellectual changes that influenced castle rebuilding in the nineteenth century. He then focuses on selected castles, describing their turbulent histories from the time of their original construction, through their destruction or decay, to their rediscovery in the 1800s and their continued preservation today.
Fodor's Exploring Germany
by John Ardagh
GUIDEBOOK • 2005 • PAPER • 288 PAGES Lively, fully illustrated and comprehensive, this practical guidebook, by well regarded author John Ardagh, encapsulates the attractions of Germany for the visitor. With good introductory chapters, maps and region-by-region highlights. (GER05, $22.00)
Memories from the Black Forest
by Elsa Lydia Lieber & Anita Daina Bukalders
“Memories From the Black Forest” is a collection of childhood short stories by Elsa Bukalders told with honesty and humor. They encompass the sacrifices, living conditions, and day-to-day life during World War ll and it’s aftermath. Family, classmates and friends are affectionately remembered through vintage photography and original artwork by the author in this heartwarming mother-daughter collaboration.
Germany: A New History
by Hagen Schulze
In one concise volume, Hagen Schulze conveys the full sweep of German history, from the days of the Romans to the fall of the Berlin Wall. A story two thousand years in the making, it rings with battle, murmurs with intrigue, and hums with the music of everyday life. This richly various legacy, often overshadowed and distorted by the nation's recent past, offers a hopeful answer to the perennial question of what kind of country Germany is and will be.
Journey Through the Black Forest
by Annette Meisen
Dark woods, fertile meadows, gushing streams, and romantic gorges represent the diverse scenery of Germany’s Black Forest in this travel companion. The region is illustrated as a place where ancient traditions have been carefully preserved on lonely farmsteads, in traditional costumes, and during the traditional Alemannic carnival. The absolutely unique countryside is explored along with the area’s many health resorts as well as culinary specialties such as Black Forest gateau, cured ham, and the excellent wines of the Markgräfler Land and the Ortenau. Following this mystical landscape as it travels from Pforzheim in the north to Basle in Switzerland in the south, this handbook covers vast areas of dense forest interspersed with rare highland moors, the highest summit in Germany’s low mountain ranges—the Feldberg—and the capital city of Freiburg, the southernmost city in the country with its magnificent minster, picturesque narrow streets, and mild climate. Additional features comment on traditional crafts and the characteristic chalet farm.
Germany in the High Middle Ages: c.1050-1200
by Horst Fuhrmann, Timothy Reuter
Germany in the High Middle Ages opens with a wide-ranging and yet detailed description of the conditions under which men lived and their attitudes of mind during the period 1050-1200: against this background it proceeds to analyse the fundamental Political, social, economic and cultural changes of the period in central Europe. Professor Fuhrmann considers the social transformation brought about by the emergence of new classes such as ministeriales and burghers, and examines the intellectual renewal reflected in the rise of scholasticism and the foundation of the universities. He also describes the gradual erosion of the power of the German rulers, which led to the Empire losing its position as the leading power in Europe, and yet was accompanied, by a last flowering under the Staufen emperors arid the chivalric culture with which they were closely associated. Throughout the book these changes are contrasted with contemporary developments elsewhere in Europe, especially in France, England and Italy.
Germany Map
A sturdy map of Germany (including the region east to Prague) at a scale of 1:700,000 with good topographic relief, roads, waterways and index. (GER07, $12.95)
The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their Children's and Household Tales in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel," and "Cinderella" would become the most celebrated in the world. Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style. For the very first time, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm makes available in English all 156 stories from the 1812 and 1815 editions. These narrative gems, newly translated and brought together in one beautiful book,are accompanied by sumptuous new illustrations from award-winning artist Andrea Dezsö. From "The Frog King" to "The Golden Key," wondrous worlds unfold heroes and heroines are rewarded, weaker animals triumph over the strong, and simple bumpkins prove themselves not so simple after all. Esteemed fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes offers accessible translations that retain the spare description and engaging storytelling style of the originals. Indeed, this is what makes the tales from the 1812 and 1815 editions unique they reflect diverse voices, rooted in oral traditions, that are absent from the Grimms' later, more embellished collections of tales. Zipes's introduction gives important historical context, and the book includes the Grimms' prefaces and notes. A delight to read, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm presents these peerless stories to a whole new generation of readers.
State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000
by Matthew Ines
This book shows just how much can be discovered about the so-called "Dark Ages," between the fall of Rome and the high Middle Ages. Whereas it is believed widely that the source materials for early medieval Europe are too sparse to allow sustained study of social and political relationships, State and Society in the Early Middle Ages offers a detailed analysis of the workings of society at the heart of Charlemagne's empire, and suggests the need to rethink our understanding of political power in this period.
The White Rose
by Inge Scholl
The White Rose tells the story of Hans Scholl and Sophie Scholl, who in 1942 led a small underground organization of German students and professors to oppose the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazi Party. They named their group the White Rose, and they distributed leaflets denouncing the Nazi regime. Sophie, Hans, and a third student were caught and executed. Written by Inge Scholl (Han's and Sophie's sister), The White Rose features letters, diary excerpts, photographs of Hans and Sophie, transcriptions of the leaflets, and accounts of the trial and execution. This is a gripping account of courage and morality.
Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age
by Fiona Maddock
The story of Hildegard's life, from her entry into a monastery at Disibodenberg on the Rhine as a child, through the exploration of her pent-up genius in middle years, to her eventual admission to the German canon of saints, is here told against a rich background of the years of the Crusades, the flowering of monasticism, papal schism and heresy. The forceful character that emerges challenges any image of demurely subjugated womanhood associated with the period. Hildegard's story is as fascinating as that of any figure in the Middle Ages, and she and her musical legacy continue to be the subject of debate a thousand years later.
German History in Modern Times: Four Lives of the Nation
by William W. Hagen
This history of German-speaking central Europe offers a very wide perspective, emphasizing a succession of many-layered communal identities. It highlights the interplay of individual, society, culture and political power, contrasting German with Western patterns.
Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words
by John Man
In 1450, all of western Europes books were hand-copied and amounted to no more than are in a modern public library. By 1500, printed books numbered in the millions. Johann Gutenbergs invention of movable type ignited the explosion of art, literature, and scientific research that accelerated the Renaissance and led directly to the Modern Age. In Gutenberg, youll meet the genius who fostered this revolution, discover the surprising ambitions that drove him, and learn how a single, obscure artisan changed the course of history.

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