The Reinhardswald is a vast forest area dominated by oak and beech trees, located north of Kassel, between Hofgeismar and Sababurg castle. It is ideal hiking territory, and the tourist information Hofgeismar can provide with with many suggestions for exploring the woods. As the Brothers Grimm collected many folk- and fairytales in this area, one can assume that many of their stories had the Reinhardswald wood as a location.
The Sababurg (near Hofgeismar) is a medieval castle converted into a friendly hotel. The castle is starting point for diverse hiking trips into the Reinhardswald area and the Sababurg forest. In former times, it was surrounded by a rose hedge, so the castle is often connected with the "Dornröschen" fairytale by the Brothers´Grimm.
This oak and beech forest is a not an untouched primeval forest as the word "Urwald" would suggest, but rather a part of the Reinhardswald that has been left (economically) unused since 1907 when it became a nature reserve. Many of these mighty trees have aged up to 500-600 years here, some are already dead, but their hulk is still standing. A couple of hiking paths from 1,5 up to 7,5 km lead through the area. Starting point would be the parking lot "Urwald Sababurg", ca. 1 km before "Tierpark Sababurg".