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Travel & Tourism

Why visit Hannover?

The city of Hannover is known as the greenest city of Germany due to the „Eilenriede“, one of the largest contiguous city parks of Europe (695 ha). Hannover is a modern city of traide fairs (e.g., CEBIT), education, festivals, culture, arts, leisure and sports. In the following, we will provide some information about locations you should not miss to visit.

If you would like to get more information look on Hannover’s official web page which offers plenty of information about the city and the surrounding area – in 11 different languages.

The royal gardens of Herrenhausen

The famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen are the brightest jewel of Hannover. The first garden was founded 1638 by Duke Georg von Callenberg, but its time of prosperity was under Sophia, Princess Palatine of the Rhine, who was electress of Hannover from 1692-1714. The baroque garden consist of the Great garden, the Georg garden, Welfen garden and the Berg garden. The Berg garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens of Germany containing several green houses with butterflies and the largest collection of orchids in Europe. The baroque gardens are also a center of culture as they are the scene of many festivals and contain „La Grotte“, designed by the world-famous artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

Discover the world of animals

In Hannover you can see a lot of native and exotic animals. In the Hannover Zoo you can observe over 2,600 animals in exotic landscapes. You can go on safari through the Zambezi River, climb the gorilla mountain and visit the elephants in the Jungle Palace. If you are interested in the underwater world, you should not miss Sea Life. You can observe Nemo and his friends as well as sharks, rays and two beautiful ocean turtles. If you are more interested in native animals you should visit the Wisentgehege Springe which is the home of brownbears, wolves and otter.

Waterworld of Hannover

Hannover has two important rivers the Ihme and the Leine. Further there are a lot of lakes. The most popular one is the Maschsee in the centre of the city. The Maschsee is also Hannovers’s favourite leasure for sports. You can go jogging or inline skating around the lake, sailing or paddling on the lake.

Sports in Hannover

Hannover is a city of sports. Those who do not like to do sports themselves, can watch the first division football club „Hannover 96„, the ice hockey team „Indians“ or a lot of horse riding tournaments. If you would like to be active yourself, Hannover provides a lot of fun  by offering possibilities for climbing (Klettercampus Hannover) or trampolin jumping (Superfly).

Visit the cultural world of Hannover

Hannover has 40 theatres, numerous museums and a wonderful State Opera. In the Sprengel Museum you can find many pictures and collages of Kurt Schwitters. But also the Kestner Museum of modern art, the Wilhelm Busch Museum and the Niedersächsische Landesmuseum of historical and archeological artifacts are worth visiting. Further you can find the „Nanas“ of Niki de Saint Phalle and numerous other sculptures spread around the city.

Learning and Living in Hannover

About 36,000 students are living and studying at one of Hannovers Universities. Hannover is world famous for both human and veterinary medicine. The Universtity of Veterinary Medicine Hannover is one of the oldest veterinary universities in Europe. The Hannover Medical School was pioneering transplantation medicine. The Leibniz University Hannover is housed in a beautiful historical castle, which was the family castles of the dukes and electors of Hannover. The University for Music and Drama Hannover eductes not only musicians and artisti but also focuses on the medical and neurobiological aspects of music.

Historical Buildings

If you would like to make a short, sightseeing walk through the city and see all the historical buildings, you should always follow the red line on the street. The „red line“ will guide you to all historical sites such as the old town hall (built 1420), the historical core of the city, the new town hall, the Leibniz House and so one.