St Boniface Minster
The origins of present-day Hamelin can be traced back to the minster. Around 826 the Abbey of Fulda converted the church to a monastery. Gradually, a small trading centre became established, which was then declared a “civitas” (town) for first time around 1200. Today, with a population of approximately 60,000, Hamelin is the centre of the region known as the Weserbergland.