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The Legend of the Pied Piper

"The Pied Piper of Hamelin" – mysterious and legendary

An unsettling event occurred in 1284, where the River Weser winds through pleasant hills and charming fairytales dot the river's banks like a string of pearls. A tale of deceit and revenge, with an almost unbearable culmination. No happy ending, no warm feeling when the final lines of the traditional story have been read – all you are left with is the "inexplicable" legacy of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. >>> more

The legend according to the Brothers Grimm

In 1284 a strange man was seen around Hamelin. He wore a multi-coloured gown and claimed he was a rat catcher, in that he promised to rid the town of all its mice and rats for a specific sum of money.
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„The Pied Piper “ - by Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe

I'm probably the most famous singers,
Vielgereis'te the Pied Piper,
These altberühmte City
Certainly particular needs; >>> more

„Die wahre Geschichte vom Rattenfänger von Hameln“ von Bertolt Brecht

Der Rattenfänger von Hameln
Durch die Stadt ist er gegangen
Hat mit seinem Pfeifen all die
Tausend Kindlein eingefangen
Er pfiff hübsch. Er pfiff lang.
's war ein wunderbarer Klang. >>> more

Possible interpretations of the legend

Even today it has not been possible to establish the historical truth of the Pied Piper legend with absolute certainty. >>> more

"The Pied Piper Of Hamelin" - by Robert Browning

Hamelin Town's in Brunswick,
By famous Hanover city;
The river Weser, deep and wide,
Washes its wall on the southern side;
A pleasanter spot you never spied;
But, when begins my ditty,
Almost five hundred years ago,
To see the townsfolk suffer so
From vermin, was a pity. >>> more