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Märchen is the German diminutive of the obsolete German word Mär, meaning "news, tale" (see Märchen). It may refer to:

  • A fairy tale, a type of short story that typically features folkloric characters, such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or enchantments
  • A type of musical composition
    • The Russian composer Nikolai Medtner wrote many examples for solo piano (1880–1951), his original Russian title for the pieces Skazki is often replaced by Märchen
    • Märchenbilder (Schumann) for viola and piano, by Robert Schumann

Märchen or Marchen may also refer to: