If you have a phobia about rats, you might give this picturesque town on the Weser River a wide berth. According to the tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, in the 13th century the Pied Piper (Der Rattenfänger) was employed by Hamelin’s townsfolk to lure its nibbling rodents into the river. When they refused to pay him for his services, he picked up his flute and lured their children away.
Rats aside, Hamelin (Hameln, in German) is a pleasant town with half-timbered houses and opportunities for cycling along the Weser River, on the eastern bank of which lies Hamelin’s circular Altstadt. The main streets are Osterstrasse, which runs east–west, and Bäckerstrasse, running north–south. Hamelin's heart is its Markt, the northern continuation of which, Pferdemarkt, is home to an interesting sculpture by artist Wolfgang Dreysse, dealing with the collapse of the East German border.