Enjoy the fresh air and a half-liter latte at the Museum Cafe. Depending on the weather, I suggest sitting outdoors to admire the 14th and 15th Century facades. Whether you desire a hearty meal, a Pizza or just a slice of cake, you can find everything your palate craves while enjoying the best seat in town.
Osterstr. 8, 31785 Hameln, Lower Saxony, Germany
The Glockenspiel tells the story of the Pied Piper. What looks like a cute story is in fact the replication of the dark piper tale. When the bells ring the piper appears leading a pack of rats. Once the next set of bells rings, a "darker" looking piper appears leading all of the children out of the town, except for two, a blind and a "lame" child. Everyday the bells ring at a specific time: 1:05pm, 3:35pm and 5:35pm. The bells also ring at 9:35am (Pied Piper song) and at 11:35am (West River Song). The glockenspiel is on the gable of the Hochzeithaus on the west side of the building.
This museum is home to some of the town's most prominent historical pieces and artifacts. This includes literature, artifacts, paintings and statues that date as far back as the Middle Ages. The museum is one of the most affordable activities in Hamelin. Entry costs five euros per adult and three euros per child. Families can take advantage of the family-friendly fee of just 12 euros.
Legend has it that a rat catcher was called to town in 1294, and was not paid his fee. In revenge, he lured children from the town with melodies played from his flute. And....the children were never seen again. Visitors meet the piper virtually everywhere in town. Notable pied piper landmarks include the classical fountain found on Osterstrasse, the fountain at City Hall Court and the glass window in the Market Church. You can find the piper on the facade of random homes throughout the city.
Find a Rat
Along with searching for the piper, rats are found everywhere throughout the village. From bronze templates to paintings on the wall - make a friend with a rat - a creature that we normally dislike in the west. Discovering a rat ignites a real-life fairy-tale quest to relive some of the most ancient tales in Germany. Most rats are found in the old part of town.
If you live in Hannover, getting to and from Hamelin is a quick bahn ride and is one of the Niedersachen pass destinations. From bigger cities, check Deutsch Bahn for IC and ICE trains.
I recommend heading to Old Town directly. The new part of town is not redeeming in charm and history compared to Old Town. Have you been to Hamelin? If so, what are you favorite spots?
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