In the south of Lower Saxony, only about 45 kilometres from Hannover, on the German Fairy Tale Route, lies Hamelin, the town of the Pied Piper. A stay in the town takes visitors into the world of the Brothers Grimm.
The beautiful half-timbered town of Hamelin lies on the banks of the Weser. The town became famous through the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin by the Brothers Grimm. The legend has been translated into over 30 languages and attracts many visitors to the town who follow in the Pied Piper’s footsteps.
Hamelin the Pied Piper Town – Places of interest
The train stops in Hamelin, we have 2 hours until the onward journey - off we go, sightseeing on the fly, let's see if it's worth stopping by for a longer stop sometime.
Travel information for Hamelin
The nearest major international airport is in Hannover. From there you can reach Hamelin in about an hour with the S-Bahn line number 5.
The station is about 1 km east of the city centre. The “Weser-Bahn” (RB 77), which travels from Bünde to Hildesheim, stops here. The S-Bahn line 5, which comes from Hannover Airport and Hannover Central Station, also stops at Hamelin Central Station.
Hamelin can be reached from the A 2 motorway via the B 83 trunk road. The B 1 and the B 217 also lead to Hamelin.
Hamelin lies on the Oberweser. Here the river is easily navigable by canoe or rowing boat as far as Hann. Münden. In Hamelin, a weir must be overcome. Afterwards, you can continue to Petershagen without any problems.
From the end of April to the beginning of October, excursion boats go as far as Hamelin.
The Weser cycle path, which also passes through Hamelin, runs along the Weser. It passes the town centre to the west.
The Berlin-Hamelin cycle path (Börde cycle path) begins in Berlin and runs via Potsdam, the Magdeburger Börde, Wolfenbüttel, the Hildesheiner Börde to the Pied Piper town.
The Loccum-Volkenroda pilgrimage trail passes through the town. The European long-distance hiking trails E 1 and E 11 also run through the town.
On the way in …
The city centre is easy to explore on foot.
There are 7 city bus lines that run through the city every 30 minutes. In addition, regional bus lines connect the city with the surrounding region. These run approximately every hour. The central transfer point is the station forecourt and the City/Pfortmühle station on the western edge of the city centre.
At times when buses are not running due to low capacity, you can order a shared taxi service.
A number of special bicycle lanes run through the city. In addition, many streets are equipped with bicycle lanes.
There is a bicycle station at the train station. Here you can also use lockers and charge e-bikes.
There is a shortage of parking spaces in the city centre. People have to use existing multi-storey car parks and underground car parks for a fee. The few parking spaces available are often limited to a parking time of one hour.