Customs – Hameln – Hameln celebrates the legend with fewer foreign tourists – culture

Customs – Hamelin:Hamelin celebrates the legend with fewer foreign tourists

The Pied Piper of Hameln, portrayed by Michael Boyer, stands next to the Pied Piper traffic light and smiles. Photo: Peter Steffen / dpa / archive image (Photo: dpa)

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Hameln (dpa / lni) – With a varied program, Hameln celebrated its city history around the famous legend of the Pied Piper at the weekend. Under the current Corona restrictions, there were multilingual tours, exhibitions and a flute concert. “The fact that there will probably be fewer tourists in the city because of Corona gives the Hameliners the chance to celebrate their story,” said Pied Piper actor Michael Boyer. He hopes to make up for some corona-related revenue losses. According to his own statements, the 60-year-old American has embodied celebrity full-time for 25 years.

According to legend, a pied piper is said to have lured 130 children out of the city on the Weser with his flute on June 26, 1284 in revenge for unpaid wages. Only two children returned – one mute and one blind. The others were gone forever.

On the 737th anniversary of the disappearance of the children on Saturday, visitors were invited to the legendary scenes of the saga. In a guided tour in English, Michael Boyer as Sherlock Holmes got to the bottom of the mystery. According to a local history researcher, the presumed location of the mysterious event was a cave near Coppenbrügge, where the “devil’s kitchen” is today. There was also an excursion there.

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