Pied Piper of Hamelin

Once upon a time…

on the banks of a great river in the north of Germany lay a town called Hamelin. The citizens of Hamelin were honest folk who lived contentedly in their Grey stone houses. The years went by, and the town grew very rich.

Then one day, an extraordinary thing happened to disturb the peace.

Hamelin had always had rats, and a lot too. But they had never been a danger,

for the cats had always solved the rat problem in the usual way- by killing them. All at once, however, the rats began to multiply.

In the end, a black sea of rats swarmed over the whole town. First, they attacked the barns and storehouses, then, for lack of anything better, they gnawed the wood, cloth or anything at all. The one thing they didn’t eat was metal. The terrified citizens flocked to plead with the town councilors to free them from the plague of rats. But the council had, for a long time, been sitting in the Mayor’s room, trying to think of a plan.

“What we need is an army of cats!”

But all the cats were dead.

“We’ll put down poisoned food then . . .”

But most of the food was already gone and even poison did not stop the rats.

“It just can’t be done without help!” said the Mayor sadly.

Just then, while the citizens milled around outside, there was a loud knock at the door. “Who can that be?” the city fathers wondered uneasily, mindful of the angry crowds. They gingerly opened the

door. And to their surprise, there stood a tall thin man dressed in brightly colored clothes, with a long feather in his hat, and waving a gold pipe at them.

“I’ve freed other towns of beetles and bats,” the stranger announced, “and for a thousand florins, I’ll rid you of your rats!”

“A thousand florins!” exclaimed the Mayor. “We’ll give you fifty thousand if you succeed!” At once the stranger hurried away, saying:

“It’s late now, but at dawn tomorrow, there won’t be a rat left in Hamelin!”

The sun was still below the horizon, when the sound of a pipe wafted through the streets of Hamelin. The pied piper slowly made his way through the houses and behind him flocked the rats. Out they scampered from doors, windows and gutters, rats of every size, all after the piper. And as he played, the stranger marched down to the river and straight into the water, up to his middle. Behind him swarmed the rats and every one was drowned and swept away by the current.

By the time the sun was high in the sky, there was not a single rat in the town. There was even greater delight at the

town hall, until the piper tried to claim his payment.

“Fifty thousand florins?” exclaimed the councilors,


” A thousand florins at least!” cried the pied piper angrily. But the Mayor broke in. “The rats are all dead now and they can never come back. So be grateful for fifty florins, or you’ll not get even that . . .”

His eyes flashing with rage, the pied piper pointed a threatening finger at the Mayor.

You’ll bitterly regret ever breaking your promise,” he said, and vanished.A shiver of fear ran through the councilors, but the Mayor shrugged and said excitedly: “We’ve saved fifty thousand florins!”

That night, freed from the nightmare of the rats, the citizens of Hamelin slept more soundly than ever. And when the strange sound of piping wafted through the streets at dawn, only the children heard it. Drawn as by magic, they hurried out of their homes. Again, the pied piper paced through the town, this time, it was children of all sizes that flocked at his

heels to the sound of his strange piping.

The long procession soon left the town and made its way through the wood and across the forest till it reached the foot of a huge mountain. When the piper came to the dark rock, he played his pipe even louder still and a great door creaked open. Beyond lay a cave. In trooped the children behind the pied piper, and when the last child had gone into the darkness, the door creaked shut.

A great landslide came down the mountain blocking the entrance to the cave forever. Only one little lame boy escaped this fate. It was he who told the

anxious citizens, searching for their children, what had happened. And no matter what people did, the mountain never gave up its victims.

Many years were to pass before the merry voices of other children would ring through the streets of Hamelin but the memory of the harsh lesson lingered in everyone’s heart and was passed down from father to son through the centuries.

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32 Responses to “Pied Piper of Hamelin”

  1. yes it pipe tastc.

  2. this is cool

  3. vlo


  5. Namita Mishra on July 29th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    this story is big

  6. Akshay K Murali on July 30th, 2014 at 1:55 pm


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  8. I always like that story is my favorite one

  9. Moral of the story is pay as per promise. Another important information we need to know is there can be such magicians who can lure rats, bats, beetles, children and men and women through some guise. Do not get trapped by them.

    C Muthukumarf

  10. It’s very nice

  11. very good the story of the pied piper x

  12. Can I get some help with the grammar in this story (Pied Piper of Hamelin)

    # Naming words (red color)
    # Describing words (green)
    # Action words (yellow)
    # Preposition (orange)
    #Adverbs (blue)

  13. Sydney Ehrman on April 6th, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    This is the best story ever!!!!!!!

  14. i like this story because this teach me that what can happend if you don't fulfill your promise.

  15. shandipchandra on August 6th, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Wow that’s crazy

  16. shandipchandra on August 6th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Wow this is a good story

  17. shandipchandra on August 6th, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Hi I’m a good person and I read this everyday

  18. shandipchandra on August 6th, 2015 at 1:24 pm


  19. shandipchandra on August 6th, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Don’t get stuck

  20. We must keep the promises we make!

  21. nice story

  22. Good story.Shows we should never break a promise

  23. good lesson about keeping your promise……………

  24. To err is human, to regret also human!

  25. i like the stry

  26. Great moral lessons to be derived

  27. Its a nice story

  28. i like him

  29. Duncan Biggar on May 16th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    is it possible for a “print story” button or a downloadable pdf to be introduced?

  30. Samia Shahid Parwaiz on June 8th, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    We must fulfill our promises, it was the great lesson for the citizen of Hamelin. ? But I think the mayor should be punished individually & not the whole city because it was the mayor who broke his promise.

  31. Ryan McEachern Yepes on September 12th, 2016 at 5:05 am

    love this story so much…it only proved one thing…keep your contracts and promises..

  32. It’s a very very nice story and we should keep our promise

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