Have you ever heard of“The Pied Piper of Hamelen”? This folk tale is centuries old and the historic city of Hamelen or Hameln is certainly known for it. But did you know that this city has a lot more going on? We went there on day trip and were pleasantly surprised by the charm of Hamelen.
This city is an hour’s drive from Hanover and is therefore perfectly compatible. Hamelen is easily accessible by car. There is plenty of parking around the centre and on Sundays this is completely free! In Hamelen everything is accessible on foot so you don’t need the car in the city centre at all. What’s more, cars are not even allowed. This gives the city extra charm.
Hamelen is not very large, but requesting a guide at the tourist point is definitely highly recommended. Not only does the guide have much more to say about the city than you will ever know for yourself, but he/she also knows the ideal places to take photos, eat and even shop! It is best to book a guide in advance (by telephone). Our dear guide was called Katherine and she really knew all about her city. A fantastic encounter! But if you want the real experience of the city of Hamelen, you choose the ‘pager’ as your guide. This guide completely plays the role of the pied piper, with costume and flute. An unforgettable experience!
Charm city Hamelen
If there’s one word to be stuck on this town, it’s definitely charm. It’s a charm city like we haven’t seen it before. With moments, the city centre reminded us a bit of The Belgian Bruges (but smaller and yet different). The centre has narrow alleys where you can wander quietly. All over Hamelen you can find impressive architecture because the buildings are so old.
If you go to Hamelen one day, choose Sunday. Every Sunday at 12pm there is a little play for free that tells the story of the pied piper of this city. This is played by excellent artists who diligently re-enact the folk tale from 1284. By watching this play, you experience the legend of that time all over again as if you were there yourself.
The Rattenfanger Museum is also worth while. You feel like you’re going back in time and it’s not expensiveat all! Currently you can even see live (tame) rats. This is very nice to visit with children. You’ll also get more information about the whole 1284 event. And for those who are interested, you can even organize (children’s) parties and have a free tea or coffee.
You can eat and drink in different places in Hamelen. We recommend to go eat at Rattenfängerhaus. . This is one of the oldest and most famous buildings in Hamelen. You can drink on one of the many terraces of the city. And be sure to look for the pancake house where you can enjoy all kinds of goodies!
True cycling enthusiasts can also come here! With a nice ride along the water and with a lot of nice things where you can go and eat and drink something.
Hamelen is very suitable for a quiet weekend away. You can cycle or walk along the water, into the nearby forest and eat out in a beautiful city centre. Furthermore, the city also has a shopping mall and a few unique souvenir shops. What else do you need?
Have you been there?
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