A fairy tale park in a magical setting.
We visited Märchenwald Saalburg off-season so not everything was open yet but it was still great fun for all of us. From the parking area you can take either the cute little train, if it runs, or walk down through the thick forrest.
The Fairy Tale Park opened its doors after the wall came down and it does have indeed a little GDR charme to it.
Some of the dolls look so real, you’d have to pay me to walk around in the park by myself after dark (and even then …).
While the Germans love their Grimm Brothers, it is nice that the park also includes other tales and stories.
The attention to detail is great and they really have a thing for lace and fabrics. While some may find this presentation maybe a bit dated, I really did like that they mostly didn’t use awkward mashines to make the figurines move or talk.
Märchenwald Saalburg is authentic, even when it comes to the rest area. While I read some pretty bad reviews, we really liked it. Homemade pies and potato salad for decent prizes. Places in the shade and places in the sun for the adults and small enough to let the kids roam freely-ish.
The park also offers rides, slides, some water fun, bouncy castles and a petting zoo.
This is a great little trip, espacially for young families. The prizes are moderate but you have to pay for the attractions. When travelling with little kids, you can easily spend half a day at Märchenwald Saalburg. Nature around is absolutely stunning and while in Thuringia, check out the Feengrotten, the Fairy Caves, nearby as well.
The side notes
Lately, I’m really starting to have issues with online reviews. Usually, or so it seems, people who were not happy tend to review, however, whithout any consciousness, what that could mean for little businesses. Märchenwald Saalburg is more for families with kids or people like me, who like their travels a bit kitschy.
If you like your attractions all polished, visit Lego Land or any other huge chain thingy instead and a pay a fortune. Don’t forget your review. I’m sure you’ll find something to bring down those stars.
It was great fun to look up the English translations of the fairy tales. Grimmstories.com offers translations of the original texts in nearly 20 languages, including Turkish, English and Korean.