Hameln (Hamelin, population 60,000) is the economic, cultural and tourist centre of the Weser Mountain area. The legend of the Pied Piper has made Hameln world-famous. One event well worth seeing from mid-May to mid-September: every Sunday at noon the legend of the Pied Piper is performed as an open-air play by some 80 actors dressed in historic costumes.
Old Part of Town
Welcome to the Old-Town of Hameln! It was restored with much love and a great effort between 1969 -1993. Whoever brings time along will continue to find something new. The picturesque sandstone and half-timbered houses of the 16-18th century; the feel of walking in the footsteps of the Pied Piper through the charming small side-streets; the joy of shopping in historical surroundings, simply: the atmosphere of a town that is sure to charm you.
And when you are hungry, thirsting or wanting to take a load off your feet, the doors of the many pubs, restaurants and cafes are open, in the summertime you will find the street cafes and beer gardens.
This is the peculiar architectural style of the 16th and early 17th century in which you will find various buildings along the river Weser and which have greatly characterized the “townscape” of Hameln.
Famous houses in Hameln built in the Weser-Renaissance-style are the “Hochzeitshaus” (1610-17), the “Dempterhaus” (1607/08), the “Leisthaus” (1585-89), “Stiftsherrenhaus” (1558) and the “Rattenfängerhaus” (1602/03).
We promise you no dry history, but rather best entertainment and something to remember. Whether you’re a first-timer, native or repeat visitor, a school class, club or professionally underway, we’re sure to meet your wishes with our diverse offers. We prepared ourselves with a year of special training and a final qualification. Enjoy with us the Stories behind the History.
The Glassblowers Workshop
During a live demonstration visitors can experience at first hand the history and methods of glassmaking of around 1800. Try your skills as a glassmaker and create your own personal piece of art in the glassblower’s workshop!