Hamelin (German: Hameln) weaves in and out of folklore and reality with a facility that characterizes very few other cities. The tale of the Pied Piper you’d listened to with horrible fascination in childhood now achieves a certain authenticity in the streets of Hamelin.
If this town is real, it follows logically that the Piper is too (gulp). Well, you know there’s only one way to find out…
It makes sense that any search for the Piper would have to begin in the Old Town. An almost cathedral-sized building with an ornate façade is labelled the Pied Piper’s House. I’m leaving you at the doorstep for further investigations. The Haemelschenburg Castle is well worth a visit and so is the Haspelmath Tower. See you there!
The open-air rendition of the legend of the Pied Piper, and the musical Rats at the Hochzeitshaus, may serve to shed some light on the mystery of the Piper. Don’t forget to visit the Hamelin Museum, which is in itself a magnificent work of architectural art.
The Bad Pyrmont Castle Museum, Osterwald Mining Museum, and the Coppenbrügge Castle Museum are some others you should visit.
At the Town Center you realize there’s definitely more to this place than legends; there’s history, culture, amazing architecture and natural beauty. Right in the center of the Old Town stands the St. Nicolai Church renowned for its stained glass art and Beckerath-Goll-Organ.
Stroll along Osterstraße (Easter Street) and lose yourself in that romantic medieval atmosphere. The Hamelin Glassworks and the Glockenspiel and Clockwork Figurines go well with the folklore that permeates the town.
Off the town, a river cruise that showcases the picturesque Weser mountain area is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of the land. There are any number of guided tours and cruises that will take the worry out of your vacation.
For some artistic entertainment, just find your way to the Weserbergland Center or the Theatre Hamelin where they have musicals, operas, and ballets as a matter of routine. The elaborate Rattenfänger Halle is another venue for arts, sports and entertainment.
There’s supposed to be more fun and excitement on the other side of the Weser according to this gentleman I met on the streets of Hamelin. He’s promised to take me there too; but I really wish he didn’t wear that ridiculous half yellow and half red outfit. ;-)
Want more? Go visit another town of the Hamelin-Pyrmont district this town belongs to. (One would say it’s where you’d find Pied Pipers all over the place.)
Or move back up a step to the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and pick another district or city.