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Märchen - Sagenhaft - Aschenputtel

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Enjoy this animated version of the classic tale of Cinderella (Aschenputtel), wonderfully narrated by Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Ali Baba und die 40 Räuber

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Comedian Bastian Pastewka narrates this charming animated version of the classic tale "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves."

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Das hässliche Entlein

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Another delightful animated fairytale, this time Hans Christian Andersen's beloved "The Ugly Duckling," again featuring narrator Bastian Pastewka. Enjoy!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Das kleine Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

One of Hans Christian Andersen's saddest tales, "The Little Match Girl" tells of a homeless girl who is left starving on the icy streets one Christmas Eve. Was Andersen making an early attempt in the 19th century to raise social awareness? Watch this and decide for yourself...

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Das tapfere Schneiderlein

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Enjoy this classic Grimm Brothers Fairy tale "The Brave Little Tailor," and remember the moral of the story: Think big!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Das Trojanische Pferd

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

The xenophobic sayings "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" as well as "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" have their origins in the Homeric tale of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city of Troy. This story should read well in German, as the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the true location of ancient Troy!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der Froschkönig

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Check out this animated version of the classic Grimm Brothers's fairytale "The Frog Prince," with a lively narration by Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der gestiefelte Kater

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Germany

This very funny and very fast animated version of "Puss in Boots" is both fun and educational to watch. NOTE: This video uses antiquated forms of German such as Eure Majestät which are roughly equivalent to "Thy Majesty" in Shakespearean-Era English, but have been translated for ease of understanding into modern English. Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der kleine Däumling

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

See the tale of the Little Thumbling (sometimes called "Tom Thumb"), who wants to see the world, but discovers he doesn't like all that he finds. Based on the fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der Rattenfänger von Hameln

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Germany

Yet another grim fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm with an ambiguous moral: Pay your bills or your children will be taken away from you? Brilliantly narrated by Bastian Pastewka, from the series Legendary: Tales from Around the World.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der standhafte Zinnsoldat

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Yet another classic Hans Christian Andersen tale with an ambivalent moral. If you love, you will always lose? Jealousy destroys even the things you love? Don't trust a goblin twice or you're a sucker? You decide!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Der Zauberlehrling

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Bastian Pastewka narrates the tale of the magician's apprentice, based on a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. See for yourself if there is a lesson to be learned in this classic story!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Des Kaisers neue Kleider

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This very entertaining animated version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Emperor's New Clothes" has a moral that is applicable in society and politics to this very day. And though looking good is important, that is most definitely not the moral of this story!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany High German North German

This is the classic tale of rural musicians who go to the city to "make it big," only to frighten off some robbers and settle in the country instead. Okay, it is not that story, but this tale has become a symbol of the city of Bremen, despite the fact that they never actually made it there! Viel Spaß beim Lernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Büchse der Pandora

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This animated version of the classic Greek mythological tale "Pandora's Box" is narrated in a wondrous array of voices by German actor and comedian Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die drei Brüder

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

The old folk tale "The Three Brothers" is about the meaning of work and family, as well as the treasures that are to be found in the soil. From the series Legendary: Tales from Around the World.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die drei kleinen Schweinchen

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

The classic tale of the "Three Little Pigs" has been rendered wonderfully in cartoon form by Colorland Animation with narration by Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die kleine Meerjungfrau

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Poor, poor Little Mermaid! Most fairytales have happy endings, but Hans Christian Andersen decided to dash this fishy princess on the rocks... wonderfully animated and narrated by Bastian Pastewka, enjoy!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This classic tale of "The Princess and the Pea," based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, has just one weak point in the plot: wouldn't a real princess have avoided complaining to her host about an uncomfortable bed? Enjoy this wonderfully animated video narrated by Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Schöne und das Biest

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Bastian Pastewka narrates the French folktale "Beauty and the Beast". If only all stories had such a lovely ending!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Weiber von Weinsberg

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Based upon a legend in medieval Baden-Württemberg, "The Women of Weinsberg" tells the tale of a group of women who, through their cunning and guile, saved the lives of all their male kindred from certain death. Viel Spaß!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Die Wichtelmänner

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

"Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Elves and the Shoemaker") is a classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm about a poor cobbler who gets a much-needed economic boost from a most unexpected source. Voodoo economics indeed! Viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Dornröschen

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

The story of Sleeping Beauty is called "Dornröschen" [literally "Little Thorn-Rose"] in German. As with most fairy tales, this one too has a happy ending, unless you happen to be a wicked fairy!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Ein Topf voll Gold

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This is the very nicely told and animated Irish folk tale of poor Niall O'Leary and the leprechaun's pot of gold. Just when you think it's all up with Niall, he manages to... well, see for yourself! Viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Goldlöckchen und die drei Bären

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

The classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is presented with style in animated form and narrated by Bastian Pastewka. Viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Hänsel und Gretel

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Germany

Another twisted tale in the canon of the Brothers Grimm. This time, the "wicked stepmother" (in the original, it was their real mother) convinces the "loving father" to abandon their children in the winter woods. And the moral of the tale: "Abandon your children to starve and they will return with treasures"? Enjoy the wonderful animation and narration by actor Bastian Pastewka.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Hans mein Igel

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Germany

Hans, half hedgehog and half boy, is searching for his place in the world. After a chance encounter with the king, he finds himself in a predicament that leads to a very surprising ending!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Jorinde und Joringel

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This is the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm of the young couple who take a walk into the woods, and the young woman winds up being transformed into a bird by a witch and abandoned by her lover. Another classic tale of fear, abandonment and redemption...

Märchen - Sagenhaft - König Drosselbart

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Germany

King Thrushbeard, one of the Grimm brothers' fairytales, tells the story a haughty princess who mistreats her subjects. But in the end - at the hand of a wise and forgiving suitor - she learns an important lesson in life. Viel Spaß!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Rapunzel

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Another curious tale from the Brothers Grimm about a young couple who steal food from an elderly widow and as punishment lose custody of their daughter, who later becomes royalty by marriage. Good luck figuring out the moral of this story!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Rotkäppchen und der Wolf

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Another grim fairy tale from the twisted minds of a 17th century European. Not satisfied with merely cutting the wolf open, they fill him with stones so that he can drag himself to a horrible death. (No endangered species were harmed in the making of this cartoon!)

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Rumpelstilzchen

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

This wonderful animated version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin" features the many guises of narrator Bastian Pastewka. "Rumpelstiltskin" seems to have some very ambiguous morals: Lying to the powerful about your daughter is good? Marrying a powerful man is good, even if he is a swine? Never give a rich woman with a baby a second chance? See if you can figure it out!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Another psychological marvel from the Brothers Grimm, in which (spoiler alert!) two sisters cuddle up to a bear, who, instead of eating them, turns into a prince and marries one of them, kindly matching up the other with his brother. Viel Spaß beim Deutschlernen!

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Schneewittchen

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

Sagenhaft reinterprets the classic tale of Snow White from the Brothers Grimm.

Märchen - Sagenhaft - Sindbad, der Seefahrer

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Germany

On one of his ocean adventures, Sinbad the Sailor learns what true riches are. A tale from "One Thousand and One Nights," the definitive collection of stories from the Islamic Golden Age.