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
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
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
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
The deer park of Hannover.
Address: Tiergarten, Tiergartenstraße 149, 30559 Hannover
On animal safari round the world
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.
Traditional baroque style gardens, the royal gardens of Hannover.
Address: Herrenhäuser Straße 4, 30419 Hannover
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
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 in downtown and retail centers. The city offers a variety of specialty shops and souvenier shops.
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 runs from Raschplatz / the Central Station to Kröpcke, but one level lower down.
Georgstrasse, between Aegidientorplatz and the Opera House, is Hannover’s prestige boulevard.
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…
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
Ca. 535,000 (estimated 2017)
Hannover International Airport: https://www.hannover-airport.de/
Please visit their official website for further details. See link below.
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
Located in the middle of Germany in the state (Bundesland) Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).