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Hameln is located in the northern part of Germany, by the river Weser, in the state of Lower Saxony.The city has about 58,300 inhabitants (2008). The city has a great location between the mountains Weserbergland (west) and Lein Bergland (eastern). The mountains are popular recreation areas for both walkers and cyclists.
Hamelin is best known through the “Rat-catcher of Hameln” – a medieval folk tale which is preserved and read by people all over the world by the brothers Grimm’s interpretation from 1816. Each summer the story dramatized various locations in Hameln – which is a popular tourist attraction.
Hamelin is a historic town with many half-timbered and stone houses from the Renaissance. St. Boniface Cathedral in the Gothic style – originally from 1000’s – is the city’s oldest church.In the old town you can also visit the charming sidewalk cafes and small, cozy shops.
Other tourist attractions in Hameln is including “Rattenfängerhaus” from 1602 – with an ancient inscription that refers to “rat catcher of Hameln”, “Stiftsherrenhaus” from 1558, “Klütturm” (a 23 meter high observation tower from 1887, located in the mountains cloth) – and the city’s own car museum.In addition, it is popular to take a tour with one of the sightseeing boats on the river Weser.
The nearest airport is Hanover Airport , located 68 km northeast of Hameln.