Dinkelsbühl: Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time I lived near Dinkelsbühl in Germany. Memories come flooding back as I walked down the steps leading into this charming town.


One of many archway entrances into Dinkelsbühl. Once you step inside you are not in the real world anymore.


This medieval town is enchanted. It is a fortified city with walls all around. Walking on the cobblestone streets with gingerbread houses and castle towers that look like they were inspired by fairy-tales, is like stepping into the pages of a storybook. Hard to believe people actually live here!

cobblestone streetIf it wasn’t for the cars and people dressed in modern clothes you would think you are time-traveling! This picturesque place is a photographer’s delight!


It feels like the set on a fantasy movie. There’s magic around every corner. I even saw the Little Mermaid. Her hair is vibrant scarlet and she has the most beautiful smile.

Little Mermaid She took a photo of me.carmen

Even though we just met on the pages of this fairy tale, we sat down on the steps to chat and became instant friends.

on the steps

carmen, Maike and Elisabeth

No neon signs anywhere to be seen; every sign is beautifully hand-painted calligraphy on the walls of the buildings. Wooden shutters frame the windows and flowers adorn the window sills.

carmen elisabeth

I bought a new Elisa Cavaletti blouse with unique buttons.

shoppingand Elisa Cavaletti lace legging capris …

back of blouse

Relaxing at one of the charming sidewalk cafes.

sidewalk cafe

If there’s a prince and a princess somewhere in this little thousand year old town, I’m sure …



Coming up next: a real-life fairy tale that happened in Possenhofen in the 19th century with a real princess who lived in a real castle.

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15 Responses to Dinkelsbühl: Once Upon a Time

  1. Bob says:

    You add to the local charm …great pictures as always …. your bracelet and sandals add enough colour to enhance the white.
    I’m glad you came back to live happily here 🙂 …. you might have asked your King to join his Queen Carmen to live happily there 😉

    We had a hand sign painter at Wasaga Beach when I grew up…..he did Dad’s business signs.
    (The weather ensured that he had repeat business.)

    You must have traveled with more than 1 suitcase …..at least, to come home with your purchases. hahaha ….

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  2. LFFL says:

    Again with the white! I love it! It’s so crisp and clean.

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  3. ILEANA says:

    You look gorgeous in that beautiful Elisa Cavaletti outfit! I love the pictures of those charming German towns you spent your memorable vacation! They remind me of Garmisch-Partenkirche in Bavarian Alps (not very far from Munchen) or Salzburg in Austria where I had the chance to see the house where Mozart was born.
    I’m looking forward to seeing many other pictures and listening to your interesting stories about places so close to your heart.
    ❤️ Ileana

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much my dear Ileana! We share some lovely memories of Germany/Europe. I have also been to Salzburg (the city where the Sound of Music was filmed). Great that you got to see the house where Mozart was born!

      Thank you for following my Germany adventure!

      ❤ carmen


  4. So lovely. She really IS the Little Mermaid! How restful there’s no neon!!

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  5. utesmile says:

    Another beautiful town , I say. One I don’t know. I do love all the colourful houses and the beautiful flowers are just so lovely! It is really like in a fairy tale! And meeting and befriending a real Mermaid… you are in luck 🙂

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  6. Joni James says:

    These great photos make me want to travel, travel, travel! Love the new outfit you bought, especially the leggings.
    The thought of all handpainted non-neon signage is wonderful. I would want to be a sign painter in a town like that. I’d live happily ever after! Or, live as a cobbler. I love that idea too.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you Joni for joining me on my travels! You would paint the town if you lived there! A cobbler could make a small fortune mending heels. I wore flats, this is not the place for stilettos!

      Ahhhh – to live happily ever after like they do in fairy tales. Next I’ll take you to a beautiful place by the sea, where a real-life fairy tale happened.

      May you live happily ever after my dear!

      ❤ carmen


  7. ivanev says:

    Hi Carmen,
    Love all your pics, I also have relatives in Germany in Hamburg and Bremen but I was there once when I was a child so I don’t remember too much but watching your pics is like travelling to a real 3D fairy tale and you look wonderful in all your outfits; I love the fresh smile of real “Mermaid Princess”. genießen Sie Ihre Reise in Deutschland !

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much! I didn’t make it to Hamburg or Bremen, in fact, I have never been there, perhaps someday. Yes, the REAL mermaid in my post is gorgeous and her smile is enchanting! I’m back in Canada now with over a thousand photos of my trip, so lots more coming up if you like Deutschland! Thanks for commenting and please drop by again!

      ❤ carmen


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