More about Hamelin
The story of the Pied Piper is one of the most famous in the
English-speaking world, and is believed to have happened in 1284.
It was chronicled a century later. During the time of the
documented story - and indeed, for much of its history - Hamelin
was a very small market town, enclosed in its strong, defensive
city walls. It only really began to grow any further in the early
19th century, when Napoleon ordered the demolition of the fortress
that formed part of the town boundaries.
As a result, Hamelin has retained a small-town feel, along with
a beautifully preserved centre. Here there are numerous
half-timbered houses with richly decorated gables, set out on a
network of attractive narrow cobbled streets. It is - just as it
was described in the 14th century - a 'very handsome town on the
River Weser', complete with many ornate wooden carvings and even
several remnants of its medieval wall and fortress.