Welcome to Hamelin
According to legend, a stranger appeared in Hamelin 725 years ago, who has since made the town famous throughout the entire world. Everyone, even in America and Asia, knows of the Pied Piper, who first ridded Hamelin of the plague of rats using the sinister power of his music, but did not receive the promised payment and who ultimately enticed all the children away from the town, never to be see again. The ancient legend makes Hamelin unique on Germany's Fairytale Route, because the story of the Pied Piper is not a nice, cheerful fairytale, but a dark story of lies, revenge and kidnapping, without a happy ending. The puzzle of where the children of Hamelin disappeared to on 26 June 1284 remains unsolved to this day; a mystery that lends the legend, and thus the town, a special, mysterious air.
Goosebumps and romance in Hamelin
Most famous German legend celebrates anniversary >>> more
Dark sounds for the jubilee
„Secrets, Magic and Enchantment“ – the slogan of the Pied Piper Jubilee has been circulating through Hameln for weeks now. Quite a few volunteers have filled this motto with life, like the two artists of the Dark Wave and Indie music scene: Ralph Maten and Cord Wilhelm Kiel. These owners of the amp-media production and Promotion Company, joined with guitarist Torsten Brednow (former “Flatliner”) to compose and produce the Jubilee Song, “The Dark Side of the Piper”.
The Piper at the Dentist’s - Marketing in exceptional places
A visit to the dentist’s can be a mysterious thing. Even more so now as you may see the Piper in the waiting room there in mystical dress. He’s on the dustcover of the magazines and presents the Pied Piper Anniversary in Hameln. This is just a part of an extensive marketing campaign this year. >>> more
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull - The legend goes on and on - Jubilee concert in Hamelin
When on June 26th in the year 1284 the Pied Piper lead the kids out of the town boundaries he did not anticipate to be the centre of attraction 725 years later, even twice! While in the morning a charity run with more than 725 children will pay tribute to this occurrence – the Pied Piper of rock music – Ian Anderson – also a legend already – In the evening, together with the rock band Jethro Tull will be enticing crowds into the Rattenfänger-Halle. After 1998,1999, 2001 and 2004 the Hamelin Marketing and Tourism GmbH has managed to engage Ian Anderson for his fifth show in Hamelin on Friday 26th of June 2009 at 20.00 hours.
Art within public space – sculpture competition announced
As from now artists are invited to register for the sculpture competition which is held within the anniversary
event “Hamelin seduction”. We are looking for creative people who are willing to prepare a sculpture within public space between 1st and 9th of May. The competition has been publicly rewarded by the culture foundation Hamelin and the Stadtmarketing- und Verkehrsverein e. V.