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Fairy Tale Trail - an Enchanting Hiking Treasure

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  • Märchenspur, Schloss Berleburg
    Märchenspur, Schloss Berleburg
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Once upon a time...

... the small, fairytale town of Bad Berleburg with a forest full of adventures. In this forest some famous figures of the Brothers Grimm have been sighted....

Distance 5.6 km
2:00 h
150 m
150 m
531 m
419 m
Enter  the wonderful fairytale world of Bad Berleburg. On the approximately six-kilometer-long circular trail, children and adults alike will get to know the historic old town, Berleburg Castle, the castle park and mystical forests. The tour is full of variety and adventure, experience and recreation. Rapunzel, the Frog King and the Bremen Town Musicians accompany young and old hikers through the fairytale forest. In order to discover the six fairy tales in total, sometimes your own imagination is needed. The hiking fun for the whole family is combined with a fairytale quiz. Simply put our flyer with the quiz in your backpack and explore the Fairy Tail Trail. At each of the six stations you enter the correct answer on the flyer and stamp the matching fairy tale symbol. Once you have collected all stamps, you can pick up your reward at the Tourist Information on the market square.


Author’s recommendation

Start at the tourist information at the market place and pick up the quiz flyer!


You will find parking spaces nearby, which can be used on weekends without time limit. Take a small climb to the protestant Church in the Schloßstraße (Castle Street). Here you will find the first signs of the fairy tale trail.

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Update: May 15, 2023
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Highest point
531 m
Lowest point
419 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 6%Dirt road 6.77%Forested/wild trail 44.17%Path 23.86%Unknown 19.18%
0.3 km
Dirt road
0.4 km
Forested/wild trail
2.5 km
1.3 km
1.1 km
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Rest stops

Ristorante Roma
Café Hof Mühlbach
Eiscafé San Remo
Café Anno Dazumal
Restaurant "Hotel Alte Schule"

Safety information

This route is not walkable with prams

Tips and hints

Quiz flyers for the stamp stations are available at the Tourist Information!


Café-Restaurant Hof Mühlbach (435 m)
51.049010, 8.389754
51°02'56.4"N 8°23'23.1"E
32U 457224 5655452
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Café-Restaurant Hof Mühlbach

Turn-by-turn directions


Start and finish of the fairy tale trail is the protestant town church in Bad Berleburg. Pass the entrance of the church, over the churchyard down into the fairytale castle park. The enchanting park inspires with large ponds and impresses with its old tree population. The ponds are populated with many ducks, geese, goldfish and carps. The area was originally designed as a animal park in the baroque era. Here one animal feels particularly well. "Sneak quietly along the path, you might hear the Frog King croaking".


Only a few meters further, the magnificent castle with its tower can be seen. Do you know the tale of Rapunzel? "Do you hear the prince calling: 'Rapunzel, please let down your hair?' ..."


A few steps further, leaving the castle park the trail now leads along a paved farm road, which is lined with more ponds. After a short distance we leave this passage again and turn right onto an old hollow way with historic pavement.


We move on through the extraordinary natural forest with its large, majestic trees and soon reach the resting forest. The resting forest is marked with a wooden cross and bank groups. Here we choose the upper hiking trail and come across a small, slate covered half-timbered house. Locals call the building "Christkindhaus", officially it is called "Burgfeldhaus". On our fairy tale trail it is the robbers' house of the Bremen Town Musicians. "I wonder if the robbers are still inside? Or have the Bremen Town Musicians already driven them away with noise and fuss - listen carefully!".


We follow the fairy-tale hiking trail further through the Bad Berleburg woods until we arrive above Café-Restaurant "Hof Mühlbach". Here we have a wide view of the Odeborn valley with the accompanying mountain ranges. Young and old fairy tale discoverers alike can test their balance and dexterity on the new wood adventure course. The course is made of local wood and was deliberately designed to be close to nature. The wooden stations invite to play adventures and climbing fun. Information about the current topic "forest" is provided by a notice board.


Public transport


By road

Directions to Trufterhain hiking parking lot:

From Raumland via the B480 to Bad Berleburg. Follow the main road through the town. After the city park on the left side you will reach a roundabout. Take the third exit and turn left at the 2nd possibility afterwards to the Hochstraße. Follow the Trufterhainstraße on the right side immediately. Follow this road until you reach the parking lot for hikers at the top. By foot, please follow the signs to Hof Mühlbach (approx. 800m). From the parking lot, go back a little from where you came by car, then keep right.


Coming from Winterberg, take the first right after the Bad Berleburg place-name sign onto the Hochstraße. Follow the Trufterhainstraße on the right. Follow this road until you reach the parking lot for hikers at the top. On foot, please follow the signs to Hof Mühlbach (approx. 800 m). From the parking lot, go back downwards a little from where you came by car, then keep right.


For the alternative start from the Nature Park Information Center:

From Raumland via the B480 to Bad Berleburg. Turn right at the 2nd traffic light, take the third exit at the roundabout and drive into Schulstraße. (The 3rd entrance to the right is the parking garage).

From Winterberg via the B480 to Bad Berleburg. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit. Drive along Bahnhofstraße, street "Unterm Höllscheid" and Schulstraße. After the pedestrian traffic light, take the 1st entrance to the left to the parking garage.

There you can park for free. The market place is on the opposite side of the street.


There is enough free parking space available.


Either at the hiking parking space Trufterhain or at the Nature Park Information Center (alternative start).


Outside the parking lot the parking spaces are limited in time.


51.049010, 8.389754
51°02'56.4"N 8°23'23.1"E
32U 457224 5655452
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Book recommendation by the author

Flyer Fairy Tale Trail - (German)


Flyer Fairy Tale Quiz - (German)

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5.6 km
2:00 h
150 m
150 m
Highest point
531 m
Lowest point
419 m
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