1. Education

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

German Reading: Lesestück 7
Introduction: Dual Language Version

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
The Bremen Town Musicians

In German and English - with Audio

The brothers Grimm—Jacob und Wilhelm—were born in the German town of Hanau, not very far from Frankfurt am Main. Their best-known work, Grimms' Fairy Tales (Hausmärchen in German) has become part of world culture. The Grimms' collection of fairy tales has been translated into more than 160 languages. In the United States alone, there are some 120 editions available in English. Here you will find a dual language version (German/English) of the Grimm fairy tale known as "The Bremen Town Musicians" in English.

Bremer Stadtm.
This statue of the Bremen Town
Musicians stands in Bremen.

Foto: Hyde Flippo

In the tale of Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten, we enter a wonderful fantasy world through the story of a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, who have all outlived their usefulness to their masters. Each of the animals has discovered he is about to meet a most unpleasant fate. The donkey is the first to set out on the road to Bremen. Along the way he meets his three companions. Although they all agree to start new lives as musicians in Bremen, things turn out differently. As we follow the tale, we discover that things are not always what they seem, and the animals find unexpected opportunities.

This reading selection is available in the following versions: German-only, English-only, and side-by-side German-English (dual-language on one page). Students can use either the English or the dual-language version to help them learn the German. You can also listen to the German as MP3 audio. Just make your selection below. (Also see the NAVIGATION box below.)

1 > Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Deutsch)
2 > The Bremen Town Musicians (English)
3 > Dual-Language Version (side-by-side German-English)

  Die drei Faulen

Use the navigation links below to go to the text, audio, or test:

German Reading Selection
Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
German | English | Listen
Dual-Language | Test

German Reading Selections
German Language Lab

NOTE: This text, audio, and related exercises are for private or classroom use only! Any other reproduction or commercial use is prohibited. Copyright © 2004-2005 Hyde Flippo and About.com.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.