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16th-century illustration of the Pied Piper legend

Hamelin (German: Hameln) is a town in Lower Saxony, 50 km southwest of Hanover. It is the scene of the Pied Piper story (German: Rattenfänger von Hameln), about the man who expelled rats from the town by playing the pipe, and subsequently abducted the town's children when the citizenry refused to pay him what was initially agreed. The town is visited by some three million visitors each year and is easy to reach from Hannover by train (S-Bahn).

Get inEdit

By airplaneEdit

The nearest airport and high-speed train station are in Hanover. From there you may transfer to Hamelin thrice an hour using suburban line S5 or S51 in 40–45 minutes.

By trainEdit

Since the year 2000, the S-Train Lines S 5 and S 51 have offered connections every half hour from Hannover's train station. Likewise, since 2002 hourly connections to Paderborn have been available. Every hour connections to the Bünde-Löhne-Rinteln-Hameln-Elze-Hildesheim route are available via the "Weser train" (line RB 77).

On FootEdit

The European far-distance hiking trail E11 passes through Hamelin on its way from the Netherlands, Osnabrück and the Porta Westfalica, continuing to the Harz mountains and Berlin.

Get aroundEdit

SeeEdit

 
Half-timbered Stiftsherrenhaus (left) and Renaissance Leisthaus, both parts of the Hamelin Museum
 
Pied Piper well (Rattenfängerbrunnen)
  • Several romantic 16th-century half-timbered houses with lavish ornaments, e.g. Stiftsherrenhaus (canons' house) and Bürgerhaus (house of the citizenry)
  • 1 Pied Piper's House (Rattenfängerhaus), Osterstraße/Bungelosenstraße. Renaissance building from 1602/03, with an elaborately decorated main façade and an inscription reminding of the Pied Piper legend.
  • 2 Hochzeitshaus. Renaissance-style sandstone building dating from 1610–17. Pied Piper-themed carillon.
  • 3 Schloß Bückeburg and Hofreitschule, Fürstliche Schlossverwaltung Schlossplatz 1 31675 Bückeburg, +49 5722 9558-30, . Castle and riding school/horse stables. Very beautiful and elegant. Tours available in English    
  • 4 Site of the Nazi Reich's 1933-1937 Erntedankfesten. Interesting for history fans, to see the site where the Nazis celebrated their harvest festivals, on the Bückeberg hillside. To get to the top requires quite a few stairs, but the views and historical value are rewarding. Free.    

ChurchesEdit

  • Garrison Church.
  • St. Boniface Minster Church.
  • Market Church of St. Nicholas.

MuseumsEdit

  • 5 Hamelin Museum, Osterstraße 8-9, +49 5151 202 1215. 11a-6p Tues-Sun. Museum of local history in two neighbouring historic buildings (Renaissance-style sandstone Leisthaus and half-timbered Stiftsherrenhaus) Adults €5, Children (6-17) €3.

DoEdit

  • Weser Cycle Route. Award-winning bike path named one of the most beautiful and scenic rides in all of Germany.

BuyEdit

EatEdit

  • 1 Rattenfängerhaus (Pied Piper's House), Osterstr. 28, +49 5151-3888. One of the more famous buildings in Hameln's old-town area. A beautiful example of the architectural style of the Weser Renaissance.
  • 2 Tündernsche Warte, Tündernsche Warte 1, 31789 Hameln, Germany, +49 5151 92 47 04. Lovely little restaurant and beer garden a short bit away from the bustle of the main town and city center.

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

NearbyEdit

 
Hämelschenburg
  • 6 Hämelschenburg (12 km south of Hamelin; Bus 40 from Hamelin central bus station to "Hämelschenburg Schloss" (30 minutes)). Renaissance-style sandstone chateau in the Weser Uplands, one of the best examples of Weser Renaissance architecture, housing an art collection, surrounded by an ensemble of gardens, church, outbuildings and a watermill.

Go nextEdit

  • Hanover, state capital, 50 km northeast (40–45 minutes by train)
  • Hildesheim, historical city with several medieval cultural monuments, 50 km east (50 minutes by train)
  • Lemgo, extraordinarily well-preserved old town with many medieval and Renaissance merchant's houses, 40 km west
  • Detmold, with the iconic Hermann's monument, 45 km west
  • Bodenwerder, origin city of the Baron von Münchausen legends, namesake of Munchausen syndrome, with entertaining statues throughout the town commemorating the myths


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