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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. Each year, for 19 days it’s a place to linger and party. With Hannover’s own lake as the backdrop, cocktail bars, live music, activities for kids and a range of culinary treats attract visitors from near and far.

“enercity swinging hannover” on Ascension day turns the place into a jazz mecca. Open-air fans also head for the Fährmannsfest, the NDR Plaza Festival with an all-star cast, or one of the many concerts in the Swiss Life Hall and HDI Arena. “Make music” is the motto of the global music festival “Fête de la Musique”. Each year on 21 June, Hannover and other several hundred cities celebrate the biggest festival worldwide that promotes tolerance and understanding among nations. Numerous bands fill Hannover’s streets, squares, galleries or churches with music of all types. The “MASALA World Beat Festival” and the “A cappella week” also provide plenty of opportunity for discovering new musical talent, while major rock and pop concerts are staged in the TUI Arena, EXPO Plaza and HDI Arena. With musicians from home and abroad, the “Kultursommer”, or summer of culture, takes its audience on a musical excursion in castles, churches or monasteries in the Hannover Region.

And on stage, guests can expect the superlative in opera and theatre too. For example, Hannover’s opera ball sets the scene for a magnificent party – each year under a different motto. New interpretations of traditional classics and modern premieres captivate audiences. And during the dance programme at Easter, international companies transform the city into a capital of dance. At TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL in late summer, it’s all about contemporary dance, urban dance styles and ground-breaking dance productions. GOP Variety Theatre has achieved a first-class reputation across the world and puts on comedy and magic, accompanied by music and cabaret. The many museums, such as the internationally renowned Sprengel Museum Hannover, August Kestner Museum, kestnergesellschaft, the Wilhelm Busch – German Museum for Caricature and Critical Graphic Arts, or the Lower Saxony State Museum (Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum), hold a range of top exhibitions.

The famous Herrenhausen Gardens are also a superb setting for prestigious cultural events. Herrenhausen Palace was destroyed 70 years ago and has just been rebuilt, adding a further attraction. The Herrenhausen Palace Museum is a facility sponsored by the state capital of Hannover and the Federal State of Lower Saxony. In its first exhibition entitled “Palaces and Gardens in Herrenhausen – From Baroque to Modern”, visitors embark on a fascinating voyage of discovery through the history of Herrenhausen Gardens, which portrays both the world of horticulture and life at the royal court. The second exhibition, which will be shown at the Herrenhausen Palace Museum from 17 May to 5 October 2014, is part of the Lower Saxony exhibition entitled “When the Royals came from Hanover”, which will be about “The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837”.

In summer, Herrenhausen Gardens also become the picturesque location for the arts festival KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. The world’s leading pyrotechnic experts cause a stir at the International Fireworks Competition when they fill the evening skies with explosive works of art made up of light and music. Dancers, pantomime artists and musicians abound in the Baroque gardens during the “Littel Festival in the Great Garden”. The open-air musical “A midsummer night’s dream”, based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name and put to music by Heinz Rudolf Kunze, is staged in the original garden theatre. And during the colder season, classical concerts and winter cabaret take place in the Orangery.

In 2014, the special highlight is Lower Saxony’s exhibition “When the Royals came from Hannover – Hannover’s rulers on England’s throne from 1714 – 1837”. For 123 years, the Electorate of Hanover and the United Kingdom shared a king. This historically important era is now the focus of Lower Saxony’s exhibition which will run from 17 May to 5 October 2014 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the personal union in Hannover and Celle. In the anniversary year, five exhibitions invite the public to delve into the eventful epoch. An extensive accompanying programme of events will bring the time to life when the royals came from Hannover.

Hannover is also a top venue when it comes to sports. There’s a choice of thrilling soccer matches by successful Bundesliga team Hannover 96, or the professional handball team from TSV Hannover Burgdorf (called the “Recken”, which translates as “The Warriors”). And then there’s the Hannover Marathon with participants from all over the world, or the Velo Challenge. All of these are dates sport fans should put in their diaries.

Animal lovers can look forward to breath-taking shows and feeding times at Hannover’s Adventure Zoo. With its seven marvellous themed worlds and a unique way of showing the animals in modern enclosures similar to their natural environments, visitors can expect to see animals up close and personal on an exciting trip round the Globe.

From the beginning of December to mid-January, the Adventure Zoo also transforms into a superb winter wonderland with a toboggan run and ice rink, a winter village and huge snow globe.

Another highlight in winter are the Christmas markets that envelop the city in a Yuletide atmosphere with sparkling lights, the smell of roasted almonds, pine needles and punch, cosy log cabins and beautiful art and crafts. From the end of November, visitors can soak up the joy of Christmas in the Old Town with its historical and Finnish Christmas villages, the wishing well forest and Christmas markets in front of the station, on the Lister Meile pedestrian zone and in many other places in the Hannover Region.

A diverse range of events in this holiday region promises relaxation and the big outdoors at its best. The Deistertag heralds the start of the hiking season, the midsummer festival at Wisentgehege Bison Reserve in Springe has wolves howling in all their glory, and a holiday mood is everywhere during Lake Steinhude’s party weekend.

Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH (HMTG) has put together some enjoyable packages of highlights including nights in attractive hotels for guests who wish to discover the different facets Hannover Region has to offer.

Hannover Christmas Market

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