Hannover, capital city of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, is an important, centrally situated industrial and trade fair location in the heart of Europe. The city lies on the River Leine, where the North German lowlands gradually give way to the mountainous region of Lower Saxony. In the south-west, the city borders on the foothills of the Weserbergland district with its fertile loess soil. Its convenient location on the intersection between traditionally busy traffic corridors from north to south and east to west played a major part in Hannover’s development from medieval village to modern metropolis.
Hannover Region offers an excellent quality of life and appeals to people of all age groups. In addition to extensive green spaces, it also boasts excellent shopping amenities within easy reach, a bustling club and nightlife scene as well as a wide selection of recreational areas in and around the city. Hannover is surrounded by beautiful countryside which is ideal for diverse pursuits ranging from water sports (Lake Steinhude) to hiking and nature study (Deister Hills).
Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, Hannover Region is ideally integrated in the major European transport connections. This is where the A7 motorway (Munich-Hamburg) and A2 motorway (Ruhr Area-Berlin) intersect. The Deutsche Bahn ICE network also ensures fast rail links to and from all major conurbations. Hannover Airport offers direct flights to more than 100 destinations, and the Mittelland Canal, the longest man-made waterway in Germany, connects Hannover with the major seaports and inland ports on the Continent.
Hannover is first mentioned as the marketplace of “Hanovere” in a document which dates back to the year 1150. The medieval settlement on the bank of the River Leine was located on a site which was safe from floods, close to a ford and the junction between two major thoroughfares. There is still dispute about whether the name Hanovere came from “Hohes Ufer”, or High Embankment. In 1241, Hannover was granted a town charter from Duke Otto, grandson of Henry the Lion, Duke of Guelph.
Experience Hannover’s highlights, from A for architecture to Z for zoo. Hannover Adventure Zoo with its spectacular theme worlds including the Zambezi, the Jungle Palace and the Yukon Bay Canadian Wilderness, is one of northern Germany’s foremost tourist attractions. Anyone with an interest in river and sea life should pay a visit to the city’s SEA LIFE aquarium, home to over 3,500 underwater creatures. Many of Hannover’s sightseeing attractions can be found along the city’s Red Thread discovery route.
Hannover’s State Opera and State Theatre both occupy leading positions in international rankings. The theatres in and around Hannover offer an impressive choice of entertainment, ranging from drama to opera, ballet to musical, and variety/comedy to puppet theatre. One of the annual highlights is the opera ball. For decades now, the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival has been showcasing the latest developments in contemporary dance, and the city’s classical concerts draw large audiences from beyond the Hannover region.
Spectacular projects, precious collections and pioneering exhibits all confirm Hannover Region’s reputation as a centre of art which cultivates and promotes the fine arts in all their many facets. There are also excellent museums devoted to archaeology, natural history and ethnology, including vivid portrayals of technical history and everyday life in centuries gone by.
The Great Garden is one of the most important baroque gardens in Europe, captivating tourists from all over the world. The main attraction here is the recently rebuilt Herrenhausen Palace, home to the new Herrenhausen Palace Museum. The Garden itself presents a dazzling array of romantic fountains, exotic plants and striking sculptures. Events such as the international fireworks competition and the Small Festival in the Great Garden regularly attract large numbers of visitors.
Whether it’s a relaxing session of retail therapy or a quick errand – Hannover’s great selection of shops, all within easy reach thanks to its compact layout and excellent transport infrastructure, make it a premium-quality shopping destination. The pedestrian precinct is one of the most popular shopping areas in the whole of Germany, and virtually no other city boasts such a high concentration of shopping centres and arcades, specialist stores, restaurants and cafés. Every conceivable retail sector is represented within a radius of just 400 metres.
Foodies and party animals alike will be met with a warm welcome and a great choice of wining and dining in Hannover. The city’s restaurants offer a wide choice of international cuisine alongside hearty dishes of local fare, with the variety of food on offer matched only by the eclectic range of eateries. If you feel like eating in for a change, why not visit one of Hannover’s farmers’ markets and check out regional treats such as Burgdorf asparagus? And Hannover’s great choice of clubs and party venues will guarantee any revellers a brilliant night out.
Whether you prefer team or solo sports, whether you want to get active or simply cheer from the sidelines, Hannover can guarantee plenty of thrills and action. Such as when Hannover 96 takes to the pitch in the Bundesliga against another top football team or whenTSV Hannover-Burgdorf tear up the handball court. Football, golf, triathlon or horse racing: Hannover has got most sports covered. And the venues to boot, of course – from sports fields and games halls to first-class training centres and competition venues.
With a kaleidoscope of events on offer, Hannover is a hive of activity all year round. With funfairs, musical events, sporting highlights or festivals, there’s something to suit every taste. At the world’s biggest Marksmen’s Festival, age-old tradition is paired with modern-day entertainments. Hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy themselves on roundabouts, in marquees and at the traditional Marksmen’s Parade through the city centre. The Maschsee Lake Festival is one of the most popular attractions in north Germany with its exceptional maritime atmosphere at the heart of Hannover.
Hannover‘s Christmas market takes place at the historical old quarter around the Market Church and on the Ballhofplatz. There are around 170 festive Christmas stalls selling traditional Christmas decorations from the Erzgebirge and Thuringian Forest, wooden toys, ceramics and handicrafts. There are tasty doughnuts, roasted nuts and Glühwein the aromas of which waft on the evening air.
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