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The Piped Piper of Hamelin

Another day, Another amazing find as we travel though the life and times of the brothers grim.

The Germany fairytale route so far has not disappointed and our next stopover with Alma the Adria is no exception!

I guess this is probably one of the best known stories in the whole of the world….

This quaint settlement, with its timber-framed houses and cobbled streets, holds a captivating secret, a timeless fairytale woven into its very fabric.

Also it’s fair to say that as Motorhome travellers we have once again been well provided for, with a cheap and easy to access dedicated parking area a few minutes from the main centre of action (N 52.0962, E 9.35831)

The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has enchanted hearts for centuries, drawing visitors from across the globe to retrace the footsteps of its enigmatic characters.

Hamelin’s fairytale magic begins in the year 1284. Plagued by a relentless rat infestation, the townsfolk sought a desperate solution.

Enter the Pied Piper, a mysterious figure cloaked in motley attire, his face shrouded in shadow. With a promise etched in melody, he played his enchanted pipe, luring the ravenous rodents to their watery demise in the Weser River.

But the tale doesn’t end with the vanishing rats. As the piper’s tune shifted, it entranced not just the vermin, but the town’s children as well. Spellbound by his music, they followed him on a fantastical odyssey, never to be seen again.

The empty streets and echoing silence left behind became a permanent scar on Hamelin’s soul, a melancholic reminder of a promise broken and a price dearly paid.

Today, Hamelin wears its fairytale legacy with pride. The Pied Piper’s image is omnipresent, adorning buildings, souvenirs, and even the town’s official website.

For those seeking to immerse themselves in the magic of the story, Hamelin offers a delightful “Pied Piper Trail.” Following cobblestone paths and winding alleyways around this enchanted city.

Hamelin is more than just a picturesque town; it’s a living testament to the power of storytelling. So, grab your walking shoes, unleash your inner adventurer, and let the echoes of the Pied Piper’s melody guide you


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