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Hannover Old Town (Altstatdt), Holzmarkt und Kramerstraße, Hannover [photo: User: Pedelecs at q373 shared / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Hannover Old Town (Altstatdt), Holzmarkt und Kramerstraße, Hannover [photo: User: Pedelecs at q373 shared / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Hannover Aerial View: The skyline of Hannover as seen from the top of the New Town hall. The Aegidienkirche can be seen on the right, the Opera house is the green roofed greek style building on the right [photo: Chris 73 / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported CC BY-SA 3.0]
Hannover Aerial View: The skyline of Hannover as seen from the top of the New Town hall. The Aegidienkirche can be seen on the right, the Opera house is the green roofed greek style building on the right [photo: Chris 73 / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported CC BY-SA 3.0]
Marktkirche, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachesen), Germany [photo: Heidas / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]
Marktkirche, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachesen), Germany [photo: Heidas / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]
Martin Luther Denkmal, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachsen), Germany [photo: Heidas / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]
Martin Luther Denkmal, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachsen), Germany [photo: Heidas / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)]
Aegidienkirche, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachsen), Germany [photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Aegidienkirche, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Niedersachsen), Germany [photo: Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]
Altes Rathaus, Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Nidersachsen), Germany [photo: Axel Hindemith / Public domain]
Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), Hannover, Lower Sachsony (Nidersachsen), Germany [photo: Axel Hindemith / Public domain]

Hannover, Lower Saxony, is best known for its conventions and trade fairs but has also an interesting and inviting downtown and city center. With one of the longest pedestrian zones it invidtes the visitor to discover the city by foot, not car.

Hannover is the capital of the German state Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). More about the 16 German States

Average temperatures

Juli / August: up to around 30 C / 86 F.
Winter: around freezing point

Best time to travel / Season

In general year-round, however, most visitors prefer the time between Spring and Fall.

Sightseeing in Hannover

Old Town Hall

A building dating back to 1500 a.d.
Address: Altes Rathaus, Karmarschstraße 42, 30159 Hannover

Marktkirche

Like in many German cities the urban development started around the market square of any settlement – so it began in Hannover. Merchants and craftsmen used to live the square. In the 14th century, the Marktkirche (“The Church at the Marketplace”) was built here.
Address: Hanns-Lilje-Platz 2, 30159 Hannover

Old Town

Half-timbered buildings, museums and sights in Hanover’s old core around Old Town Hall.

City Center / Downtown

The city center is located in the area between Central Station to Kröpcke, via Grosse Packhofstrasse to the Platz der Weltausstellung.

New Town Hall

Built in 1913, it is still the seat of the mayor of Hannover. It’s a majestic looking, more historical building than its name suggests. Many visitors are quite impressed.
Address: Neues Rathaus, Trammplatz 2, 30159 Hannover

The Opera House

Built in 1845-52.
Address: Opernhaus, Opernplatz 1, 30159 Hannover

Tiergarten

The deer park of Hannover.
Address: Tiergarten, Tiergartenstraße 149, 30559 Hannover

Hannover Zoo

On animal safari round the world

Sprengel Museum

The Sprengel Museum Hannover with its comprehensive permanent collection and diverse temporary exhibitions ranks among the most important museums of 20th and 21st century art.
Website: https://www.sprengel-museum-hannover.de/

Recreation

Herrenhausen Gardens

Traditional baroque style gardens, the royal gardens of Hannover.
Address: Herrenhäuser Straße 4, 30419 Hannover

Maschsee Lake

One of the city’s most popular destinations and recreational areas.
Address: Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer, 30173 Hannover

The Red Thread

A self-guided walking trail to Hannover’s most beautiful and attractive spots. The Red Thread is painted on the pavement, is 4,200 metres long, and weaves its way through the inner city joining up 36 prime attractions. All you have to do is follow The Red Thread.
Address: start at the visitor center: Ernst-August-Platz 8, 30159 Hannover

Stadtpark & HCC

A central venue with an idyllic park and various exhibition halls. Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) – that’s the old city hall, the “Stadthalle” and the “Niedersachsenhalle”-, the “Glass- and Eilenriedehalle” – a lot of room for conferences and big events. The city hall is a large domed round structure with a classical portico.
Address: Theodor-Heuss-Platz 1-3, 30175 Hannover

Annual major events

Hannover Messe

The Hannover Trade Fair is one of the biggest and most important in the world. It takes place each year in April. Website: https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/

Shopping

Shopping in downtown and retail centers. The city offers a variety of specialty shops and souvenier shops.

Pedestrian zone

The area from Central Train Station to Kröpcke, from Grosse Packhofstrasse to Platz der Weltausstellung.

Historic Old Town

A variety of specialty shops in the half-timbered buildings.

Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Promenade

Niki-de-Saint-Phalle-Promenade runs from Raschplatz / the Central Station to Kröpcke, but one level lower down.

Georgstrasse

Georgstrasse, between Aegidientorplatz and the Opera House, is Hannover’s prestige boulevard.

Arcades

Retail outlets, restaurants, and cafés.

Hannover Market Hall

The Market Hall is located in the heart of the city: fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, fish, wine and much more.

In the area…

Linden, Hannover

Being situated in northern Germany, Hannover is known as the green city with its wide range of parks and greens in the town itself. In the neighborhood of Linden an interesting young culture of students has evolved its epicenter, the Kulturzentrum Faust.

Since its foundation in 1991, the Faust center is dedicated to enrich the cultural life of the community.

The former bed-spring factory has been reinvented and is now a true temple of culture hosting music, cultural, educational and social events.

“The incoming goods department” for instance is the annual venue of an international poetry competition. And international exhibitions of young as well as renowned artists such as Jean Toche are regularly hosted by the Faust Art Hall. Food and beverages are also offered on-site at a cozy beer garden called “Gretchen”. Web (in German only): www.kulturzentrum-faust.de

Population

Ca. 535,000 (estimated 2017)

Airport

Hannover International Airport: https://www.hannover-airport.de/
Please visit their official website for further details. See link below.

Public Transportation

Hannover has a good public transportation infrastructure. Hannover has visitors from all over the world because it is a major trade fair location: Hannover Fair and CeBIT are two of the major events every year.

GVH – Grossraumverkehr Hannover

Find maps, ticket prices, routes, and more information on the GVH website: https://www.gvh.de/

Tourism Office (in German: ‘Fremdenverkehrsamt’)

Adjacent of the main train station: Ernst-August-Platz 8, 30159 Hannover

Location

Located in the middle of Germany in the state (Bundesland) Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).

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