Hamelin Travel Guide - The Home of the Pied Piper 

Famous for the story of the Pied Piper, Hamelin is the perfect fairy tale destination bringing imagination to life.

With its medieval, gothic feel, Hamelin is home to some of the best and most remarkable buildings in Germany, and is one of the friendliest places in Europe.

Originally starting as a monastery, Hamelin soon grew and became a town in the 12th century. Making its wealth through trading along the Weser River, it is the economic and tourist centre of the Weser Mountains region of Germany. 

Things to see and do in Hamelin

The tale of the Pied Piper in Hamelin

The Old Town

Hamelin’s old town is a charming collection of 16th and 18th century buildings, half timbered houses and small, winding side streets. It underwent a careful and loving restoration from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, and visitors can now follow the ‘rat trail’ of painted rat shapes in a tour of the highlights of the old town.

Weser Hill Country

Hamelin is situated in the Weser Mountains region, which gives ample opportunity for more active pursuits. The town is surrounded by a well-signposted network of hiking and cycle paths, which make exploring the rolling countryside easy and convenient.

Hämelschenburg Castle

Built in 1588, Hämelschenburg is a magnificent moated castle built in the Weser Renaissance style. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Northern Germany.

RATS! The Musical

Every Wednesday from May to September, this humorous adaptation of the Pied Piper legend is performed in the centre of the Old Town. Admission is free.

Shopping in Hamelin

Shopping in the Old town of Hamelin

Hamelin is the shopping centre of the Weserbergland region. The beautifully restored Old Town of Hamelin is a unique shopping experience housing some 300 shops, and a wide range of goods are available in a charming fairy-tale ambience. The recent addition of a modern shopping mall in the centre of Hamelin has made the Old Town an even more attractive shopping experience.

At Christmas time, Hamelin’s Christmas Market brings the Old Town to life with a sea of lights and decorations. Stalls sell festive goods, and highlights include the 11 metre high Christmas Pyramid and the Hamelin Glassworks, where visitors can blow their own glass baubles assisted by the glass blower himself.

Eating out in Hamelin

Hamelin offers numerous bars, cafes and restaurants serving a wide range of dishes. Here are some of the highlights:

Tündernsche Warte

Economically priced restaurant and beer garden, with a view onto the river Weser.

Kaffeestube Pfannekuchen

Specialises in pancakes, and serves over 40 different varieties!


An American style steakhouse restaurant serving steaks, cocktails, ribs, salads, Tex-Mex and more.


Restaurant with a traditional bohemian atmosphere.


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