"The city of The Pied Piper" Top 5 Page for this destination Hameln by Maria250

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Around 851 the Benedictine Monastery Hameln was founded at the Weser river. The Imperial Abbey of Fulda having received the estate from a Saxon Count who had died without heirs or successors. Later the monastery developed into a collegiate convent. A market colony established nearby and was called civitas (town) for the first time around the year 1200. Hameln became known world-wide by the exodus of the Haemelschen Kinder (Children Of Hameln) in 1284 from which later on The Pied Piper's Legend developed.

From 1426 until 1572 Hameln was a member of the Hansa League. In the 16th century Hameln's rich merchants competed with the landed gentry and constructed splendid buildings in the Weser Renaissance style. Since 1664 Hameln was developed as the strongest fortress of the Hanoverian principality, finished in the end of the 18th century with the fortification of the mountain Kluet. The fortress was therefore known as the Gibraltar of the North. In 1808 Napoleon I. ordered the fortress to be destroyed thus allowing the town to expand. In 1867 Hameln became Prussian. wikipedia

The efforts of the true poets, founders, religions, literatures, all ages, have been, and ever will be, our time and times to come, essentially the same - to bring people back from their persistent strayings and sickly abstractions, to the costless average, divine, original concrete, a living and enthusiastic sympathy with Nature.
-Walt Whitman

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  • Pros:Poetic atmosphere even in the grey and cold of Germany's December.
  • Cons:Difficult to find parking spots.
  • In a nutshell:Locals are pretty friendly though it's a Prussian place.
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    Jan 28, 2008 at 5:27 AM

    Did U know at EPCOT in "Germany"there is an entire store that sells only German Xmas orniments?(and at MGM as well)..and..pertinent to a few pages ago..Ive had zweiback..my mother used to love it(my maternal grandparents were from Alsace)

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    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Wow, lovely place Maria! Seeing such beautiful towns and countryside must be breathtaking. I am so happy you get to enjoy it. Hugs!

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