Hameln's Wedding House (Hochzeitshaus)

The Hochzeitshaus is a Building that Many Visitors will be Familiar with:

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The Hochzeitshaus (Wedding House) in Hameln is a building that many visitors will be familiar with. Three times a day, at 13:05, 15:35 and 17:35 the Pied Piper Story is depicted here.

At the appointed times, the pretty bells on the facade chime a lovely tune. The bronze window on the second level opens and clockwork figures in the form of legendary Pied Piper characters depict the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.  The glockenspiel lasts for eight minutes.

The Hochzeitshaus was a huge banqueting hall built by the municipal government for its citizens and weddings were held here. This 43 metre long sandstone Weser Renaissance building has high voluta gables on the front and three commanding gable lucarnes in the roof construction of the southern eaves.

On the second floor was the great hall. The other floors housed a wine tavern, the council’s weigh scales and the military pharmacy. It was at this pharmacy that Friedrich-Wilhelm Serturner, discoverer of morphine, used to work.

In the western front corner room of the first floor, General Tilly and his officers are believed to have had the memorable discussions in winter 1630-31 which led to the assault on the Magdeburg fortress.

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