Hamelin makes a great short trip in Germany!
The Hamelin is a lovely town in Germany with strong romantic medieval feel. It has around 56 thousand inhabitants and lies by the river Wesser in Lower-Saxony. Despite being relatively small Hamelin (or Hameln) already has about three thousand (!) years of history. First known settlement in the area was a monastery founded in 851 AD and a village in the neighborhood slowly grown to the size of the town in the 13th century.
According to the old legend, something strange happened at the end of the 13th century in Hamelin. Something eerie. We’ll probably never know what, yet numerous retellings of the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin won’t let us forget. The town of Hamelin is full of reference about the tale, including statues, signs, names of the streets and pictures of rats which are included in the story, yet probably didn’t play any role in the real events after which the legend was formed. Every Sunday from mid-May to mid-September a play made after the legend is played in the town center and figures on the town clock play the scenes from the tale a few times per day!
What to do in Hamelin?
There’s even a tourist guide dressed like a Pied Piper offering an hour and a half long tour constructed after the legend and full of interesting anecdotes, but this is far from everything the town can offer to a tourist. A picturesque neighborhood clearly calls for lovely day trips by car or by bicycle (you can rent a bike too). There are charming old mills, Klut hill with a sightseeing tower with a spectacular view over the landscape of Hamelin-Pyrmont, an old historically important prison now turned into a hotel and dozens of nice restaurants.
Don’t forget the possibility of tours on the water or just long walks through beautifully restored historical town with buildings from Renaissance era. If you like churches, you can admire several of them dating from 9th to 18th century and being true historical and architectural textbooks. Don’t forget to visit HefeHof, a marketplace where many local specialties and several international restaurants can be found.
Where to stay?
According to official statistics and several trip advisors, Hamelin has low or very low levels of pollution in different measurable areas and is also considered as a relatively safe town as far as crime is concerned. Before you go, just try to make a rough plan about the attractions you want to visit, because when you arrive, time will fly very fast.
How about the prices? Well, this is Germany, so they won’t be very low. A night (with a breakfast) in a hotel will cost you around one hundred Euros and you can also rent an apartment for a similar price. In the center, you’ll find a tourist office where all additional information and lots of souvenirs are available. If you don’t really know what you want from the Hamelin town, they can offer you guided tours and inform you about several day or overnight activities.
Well, if you need more time to decide, they even have a movie in five languages, where you can get even more info before you dive into the magic of this very special German town.