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Hannover, on the river Leine, is capital of the Land of Lower Saxony and an important industrial and commercial center, with a university, a medical school, a veterinary college and academies of music and drama. Its trade fairs are of international standing. With the Mittelland Canal and its motorway and rail connections it is a major center of communications. Its extensive parks - the Eilenriede, Maschpark with its lake, Lönspark, the Zoo, the Herrenhausen Gardens - justify Hannover's claim to be "the city in the country".


How to Reach

By Air

Hannover Airport is well-served with regular flights from most European and some Asian destinations. There are trains departing from the airport to the city centre every 30 minutes until 23:30. The journey takes about 15 minutes. Buses can also be caught at the airport for journeys into the city centre. Outside the terminal, metered taxis can be taken to any destination 24 hours a day.

By Rail

With its central location, Hannover enjoys good rail connections with all the major cities in Germany via the German rail service, Die Bahn. The train service gives travellers an opportunity to see many of the varied scenic views and historical sites of Germany while travelling from one place to another.

Apart from being well-connected to all major German towns, Hannover is also connected directly to other European countries by rail. There are direct trains to the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Austria, which run several times a day. These destinations are also served by night trains. All inter-city and international services offer a variety of classes and services. Apart from the inter-city services, Hannover also enjoys cheap regional rail services.

By Bus

Hannover is linked to the rest of Germany and parts of Europe by frequent bus services. These services are fast and clean, but they lack the comfort of other means of transport and so, in general, they tend to only be used by budget travellers. The Central Bus Station is found behind the Central Railway Station. International destinations include: London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Madrid, Moscow, Prague, Copenhagen and Paris.

Key places to visit
Herrenhuser Garden and Zoo, Kropcke and the Opera House, Sprengel Museum, Town Hall


Places to Visit

Herrenhuser Garden and Zoo

The Royal Gardens of Herrenhauser date back to 1666, and feature gardens in the Baroque French style, based on the Gardens of Versailles; English landscaped gardens as well as botanical and savannah gardens. During the summer, a number of events take place here. The International Firework Competition, from May to September, features many nations competing against each other to the sound of background music. Also during the summer, the Small Festival is hosted in the Great Garden. This features clowns, acrobats and other entertainers from around the world.

Kropcke and the Opera House

The very popular Kropcke is a huge pedestrianised area in the centre of Hannover. It is not only the main shopping spot, but is also packed with cafés and restaurants. A large green clock features prominently and is used as a meeting point. The popular Christmas Market, held from late November until Christmas, takes place by Central Station in Kropcke. The Opera House is also here. Operas, ballets and classical music are all performed by local performers in both German and Italian.

Sprengel Museum

This modern gallery was opened in 1979 and subsequently extended. In line with its modernity, the theme of the gallery is the dialogue between opening and closing, between people and the atmosphere of art. This openness of the museum has made it a place of meeting and communication.

Town Hall

The origins of this building on Schmiedestrasse date back to 1410, although the whole building took over a century to complete. It encompasses several different architectural styles. Inside the building, among the many portraits of princes, the popular medieval game of ‘Luderziehen’ is featured. This involves a version of a tug-of-war, using the little finger.

Right Time to Visit

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July - August -> 23(°C) - Summer
January - February -> -3(°C) - Winter


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