The Herrenhausen Gardens are an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture that dates back to the end of the 17th century and therefore ranks among the most important historical and best preserved baroque gardens in Europe. Ordered by Electress Sophie of the Palatinate, and inspired by the Sun King Luois XIV, this unique scenery attracts about half a million visitors a year with its wonderful shape and its amazing atmosphere.
After being used as a private residence of an heir of the throne, the Herrenhausen Palace Museum reopened in 2013 and, since then, invites visitors to entertainingly explore the facets of the wide-ranging palace and the garden world in Herrenhausen. Displaying ten manorial chambers with precious furniture, sculptures and china as well as oil paintings and portraits, this exhibition will give you an insight into the wealthy way of life back in the day.
With its extensive selection and its manifold exhibition programme, the Sprengel Museum ranks among the most important museums for contemporary art of the 20th and 21th century. While featuring both temporary and permanent exhibition, this venue also organises events and activities for visitors of all age that allow you to deeply dunk into the world of art craft.
This 'do-it-yourself' tour will give you the chance to experience the city on your own, and all you have to do is to follow the red thread that is painted on the pavement. Weaving its way through the inner city, this route will pass 36 prime attractions and also gives a proper overview about the city centre's shape and structure. The tour starts and finishes at the Tourist Information, where you can also purchase informative brochures that describe the interesting building and monuments that you will meet along your way.
Although the architectural style implicates the Town Hall in some more majestic time, this monument was built only around 100 years ago, in 1913. Housing the city's government as well as 3D town models which can be visited in the opulent main hall, the unique curving lift to the town hall's dome is the main attraction here: at a 17-degree angle, it covers the 43 metres up to the gallery at the top of the dome which offers a marvellous view of the whole city.
Renamed from Kestner-Museum to Museum August Kestner, in order to avoid confusion with the local art gallery Kestnergesellschaft, this museum was founded in 1889 and, in 1962, rebuilt in its present and highly interesting form. Centered on the collections of August Kestner himself as well as his nephew Hermann, the exhibitions contain four different categories of antiquities: Ancient Egypt, Classical Antiquity, Numismatics and Handicraft.
The historic timber-framed buildings of the Old Town are among the most special sights of the city centre, as strolling through picturesque narrow streets disclose inviting cafés and restaurants as well as exclusive boutiques and cute little shops. While walking around will always make for a great atmosphere, Germany’s oldest flea market takes place at the banks of the Leine river every Saturday.
This museum features paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century along with departments of archaeology, natural history and ethnology, and a vivarium with fish and reptiles. While the exhibitions themselves attract visitors of various interests, the housing monument is also well worth a glance.
Lake Maschsee is one of the city's most popular destinations, and a maritime paradise for everyone who wants to go for a swim, for a ride or for a picnic. While offering a recreational area in the very heart of the city, sports happens both on the water and all around it, for yachting, canoeing and pedal-boating as well as for joggers, skaters and strollers.
With its seven fantastic theme worlds, Hannover Adventure Zoo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Germany, and a perfect spot for observing more than 3,000 animals. As the Canadian landscape Yukon Bay, the Sambesi boat trip or the summer toboggan runs are just a few of its highlights, this sight will take up all your day, and all your memories.
Lake Steinhude and its surrounding areas are ideal for water sports, cycling, horse riding, golf and picnics, and also quite interesting when it comes to architecture, art, music, and food culture: from quiet and peaceful spots in Mardorf, Rehburg-Loccum and Hagenburg to more lively bustling Steinhude, these areas are highly popular as to their natural beauty, and their activities and adventures in offer.
This museum is a goldmine for all those who are interested in the history of both the state and the city: while the permanent exhibition '750 years of Hannover' display the changes down the centuries, the 'History of the City' section traces back the development from a medieval town to a sizable city. The third department informs about the rural life between the 17th and the 20th century while temporary exhibitions feature different themes and numerous events.
This reawakend Sleeping Beauty castle, built back in the day between 1858 and 1867, captivates with its fairy-tale architecture of battlements, towers and turrets, as well as with its almost entirely preserved furnishings. Embedded into the hills of the Calenberger Land, some 20 km south of Hannover, you can here join for a guided tour of the castle as well as enjoy concerts and events, or delicious food in the castle's own restaurant.
This museum, named after the famous German poet and caricaturist Wilhelm Busch, features the world's largest collection of Busch's works as well as contemporary comic art, illustrations and drawings. Located in the Georgengarten, as part of the Herrenhausen Gardens, this museum invites you to experiencing art first, and relaxing in the sun afterwards.
South of Hannover, nature and culture abound in and around the largely beech-covered slopes of the Deister reaching up to 405 metres above sea level, and it is filled with birdsong, rustling leaves, and delightful hiking tracks. The hillside paths offer many glimpses of the Calenberger Land stretching out into the distance below, so this is a paradise for hikers, walkers and cyclists.
Hannover Arts Association annually stages numerous national and international exhibitions reflecting important developments and schools of contemporary art. Founded in 1832 already, with the aim of spreading the sense for Fine Arts, it today has more than 1,200 members and an even bigger client base of regulars that come here for experiencing great art and interesting discussions.
Since 1916, this society has championed artists by hosting solo exhibitions, and as one of the major art societies, it makes an important contribution to the international art scene. Pioneering modern art, this gallery offers a great insight into recent developments and tendencies.
Landestrost Castle in Neustadt, built 1573-1584 by Herzog Erich II. zu Braunschweig-Lüneburg, is one of the biggest and oldest castles of the Hannover Region, housing an archive, of peat museum and an exhibition on the castle's history. While its beautiful renaissance appearance will catch you at once, the banks of the River Leine are put to highly contemporary use by providing the setting for regular events like exhibitions, concerts or cabarets.
GOP Varieté-Theater stages shows have succeeded in creating a new world of variety that strikes a balance between avantgarde and traditional, and therefore added a new and valuable dimension to the concept of variety theatre in general. While making for one of the leading drama institutions in Germany, these performances also won international acclaim and publicity.
Built between 1845 and 1852, and rebuilt around 1950 after its destruction during World War II, the State Opera schedules great opera performances while the nearby State Theatre houses all theatre plays. The repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary works and therefore pleases almost every taste and, once in a while, also surprises.
This annually event is a 'highlight' in the truest sense of the word, as the best pyrotechnics from all over the world compete with breathtaking fireworks in the baroque atmosphere of Herrenhausen Gardens. This happening, which comes along with great music performances, simply gets under your skin so head here for experiencing an unique atmosphere.
In the middle of August Steinhude and the bathing beach at Marsdorf, this summer highlight attracts with a dreamlike backcloth of illuminated boats, an aerial firework display, various performances and numerous attractions onshore. Head here for enjoying these summer days best.
The feeling for Christmas does best arise with the sounds of the festive season, romantic lighting and seductive smells, and Hannover’s Christmas Markets diffuse this very unique atmosphere throughout the whole town. At different markets, glassblowers, potters and candlemakers demonstrate their skills while other shops allure with mulled wine and treats of all kinds.
This festival attracts with an overall summer and seaside atmosphere, by featuring concerts, artistry and culinary specialties for more than two million visitors per year. As one of Northern Germany’s biggest open-air parties, right on the banks of the lake, a number of stages offer programmes for every age and every taste.
The biggest marksmen’s fair in the world lasts ten days and ten nights, with hustle and bustle everywhere as uninhibited high spirits and folksy togetherness reign. This funfair keeps everybody in the best of moods with countless attractions, and its traditional climax is the Grand Parade of the Marksmen, with more than 12,000 participants.
This restaurant serves, as the name already reveals, a great variety of fish and meat dishes that – accompanied with tasty sides – prove that the German kitchen is not only about sausages and schnitzel. While the wine selection is well chosen and impressively wide, the extra gin menu on top invites you to try out different drinks from all over the world.
For more than 20 years already, this restaurant serves fresh and innovative dishes with Italian influences within a fancy, yet cosy atmosphere. Head here for also enjoying a fantastic view over Lake Maschsee, before or after visiting its housing company, the Sprengel Museum.
This restaurant serves a innovative version of the traditional German kitchen, and while the dishes are of high quality as to their fresh ingredients, they also are interpreted in a fully new way by a creative chef. While the staff shares its passion for good food and drinks, the atmosphere spreads new ideas when it comes to the experience of culture and lifestyle.
At one of the oldest half-timbered houses of Hannover, with historic arches and a terrific atmosphere, Broyhan House serves a typical Bourgeois German cuisine that should not be missed out. With substantial dishes and best-brewed beers, this restaurant indeed make for a great experience of both local life and food traditions.
This French pâtisserie is a sweet tooth's paradise, as the huge selection of tartes, tortes and pastries will immediately take you in, and up to a candy cottoned heaven. As 'qualité est priorité', the desserts and sweets are always freshly made with the finest ingredients, such as fresh fruits and high-in-cocoa chocolate, while their hot drinks will also satisfy with a variety of tastes.
Since 1970, the family Bohnecke serves a selection of more than 40 well-chosen types of tea along with their famous cakes all made according to well-guarded guarded family recipes. Serving their delicacies in silver teapots and warmers as well as on most precious china, this cafe features a sophisticated yet cosy ambiance that – in the evening – can also be enjoyed with local wines and smaller snacks.
This small cafe does not only focus on both coffee and service of very high quality but also on fair and sustainable conditions for coffee farmers around the globe. Roasting in their very own venue, the staff is very highly skilled, and they will happily help you to choose from the huge variety of drinks as well as guide you through a coffee workshop that displays the whole process from bean to drink.
Since 1895, this cafe serves unique confectionery and pastries that are – all homemade, 'mit Meisterhand' – baked with well-selected ingredients, and quite some time for most pleasant details. One of their specialties, the 'Baumkuchen', is definitely worth a try while all the other treats should not be missed out as well.
This patisserie serves delicacies from the Middle East that will make your mouth water. While baklava is among the most known, and probably also most popular sweets, go ahead and bravely choose from the huge selection of other treats that are made with love, and served with a smile.
This organic-certified cafe serves sweet and savoury dishes, and their menu shows at first sight that an entirely vegan menu does not have to be dreary. The colourful interior and the flavourful treats invite to enjoy either breakfast or lunch while mingling with customers and chatting with friends. As they focus on Asian flavours, prepare yourself for curries and Thai salads, among others.
There is no better place for enjoying the summer in Germany than a traditional beer garden, where beers and local food are served in a great atmosphere that is always welcoming and most rousing. Lister Turm, as one of the oldest and most popular beer gardens in Hannover, also attracts with a huge variety of beers and dishes, and a rich history of serving beers for more than 100 years.
This bar will take a beer lover's admiration to a whole new level, as it offers more than 50 regularly changing bottled beers as well as no less than 24 different craft beers on tap. While this venue formerly used to be an insider tip, it is now one of the favourite pubs among tourists and locals alike.
Right next to the lake Maschsee, Pier 51 invites you to enjoy both mild summer evenings on their terrace as well as cosy nights in their interiors by serving Mediterranean dishes and flavourful drinks of all kinds. Thanks to its warm and welcoming atmosphere, your stay here will feel like a holiday within your holiday.
Since 1988, the Palo Palo has been known for its unique atmosphere, and due to its concept mix of classic style and modern club, it has found a place among the established and inter-regional clubs of Germany. Head here for experiencing a special cult evening that will be memorable during your whole trip, and afterwards.
This cult disco is a corner stone of Hannover’s nightlife, and lovingly named "Baggi", it became known among locals and tourists alike. While hosting events of all kind, its doors open regularly at eleven o'clock sharp, and in spite of this early hour, its halls get crammed by for long-dancing party crowds quite rapidly.
Zaza is an early-morning rendezvous for all those who went astray during the long party-night, and above all a place where you for sure will meet up with your friends again. While being the last stop during a heavy night out, this venue does also attract to come here early, with different events and also drink offers that you probably do not want to miss.
Hannover is steadily gaining ground as an attractive shopping metropolis, and the pedestrian zone around Kröpcke is one of its landmarks. While featuring both retail chains and independent stores, this neighbourhood also hosts a couple of restaurants and cafes so that you can basically spend a whole day here without getting bored, or hungry, or thirsty.
The district Nordstadt is as vibrant as its inhabitants, and so are the shops that you will discover here around the university, along with quite a few bars, cafes, and restaurants: while "Schön Schön" offers interior and design accessories for a most cosy home, "Jäger & Sammler" sells fashion of (and for) all kinds right next to "Onkel Ollis" special groceries, and "Soule Sneakerstores'" huge selection of shoes.
The Südstadt does not only offer relaxing spots right next to the lake but also great shopping opportunities that are mainly focused onto interior design: while "PorzellanCafé" offers both coffee as well as coffee set designs, "Esplanade" sells almost every kind of decoration, while "Wohntraum Hannover" generally offers 50s, 60s and 70s design.
The List district is, last but not least, a charming and quite family-friendly area of a calm and charming atmosphere, where cafes and restaurants string together next to stores and smaller shops selling produces of all kinds. Come here for combining a leisure walk with purchasing some unique bargain.
The Ernst-August-Galerie is a cutting-edge shopping mall, offering all kinds of shops from well or less known fashion brands to design and interior stores. As you can also take a break at various cafes and restaurants at the market hall, do not hesitate to visit all the shops you will wish to.
South to Hannover, the Leine Center features more than 100 specialised stores from different industries such as fashion, sports, health care and groceries. The variety of shops will keep you busy all day, and the cafes and restaurants around will gladly invite you in for a break.
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
While Hannover is always worth a visit, the summer months between May and September offer the most when it comes to both wonderful weather and great events such as the Maschsee Lake Festival or a Marksmen Funfair. The winter in Hannover can get quite cold and, due to its northern location, also snowy but the fantastic Christmas markets can only be enjoyed then. Although it may be more rainy, do visit Hannover during spring and autumn for seeing the city less crowded and in more of a relaxed, natural state.
Hannover Airport, north to Hannover, is one of the leading airports in Northern Germany, and the most important hub within the federal state of Lower Saxony. Taxis are available right outside of all terminals of the arrival level, and a ride into the city takes around 20 minutes. Buses and interurban trains operate regularly, and the airport also features a direct train connection to Hannover main station that can be reach in 17 minutes. The airport's website informs about different schedules, and also shuttles services, while all venues and shops available in and around the airport are presented as well.
The public transport in Hannover is operated by GVH, an union of six transport companies in the Hannover region, that features an expanded transport network of interurban trains, trams and buses. While you can buy your tickets of different kinds on board, via app, at vending machines and in service and sales centers, keep in mind that the HannoverCard includes free travel in the public transport within the entire Hannover Region.
Taxis serve across the whole town, and they can be either met at a taxi stop or called via phone – be aware that the prices always depend on the taximeter. While Hannoversche Funk-Taxi-Zentrale might be most known, there are several other reliable services: Hallo Taxi 3811 +49 511 381 1 Franka Thomas Taxiunternehmen Neue-Land-Straße 17, Hannover +49 511 388 371 4
Post offices across the whole town offer every service from buying envelopes to sending packages, and they can be recognized by their yellow DHL sign. Stamps can be bought at venture machines in front of the post offices as well as at labelled kiosks that also offer pick-up services. A main office can be found at Ernst-August-Galery but there are many others all around: Deutsche Post Am Klagesmarkt 10-11, Hannover Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:30pm. Sat 10am-3pm Deutsche Post Goetheplatz 11, Hannover Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am-8pm
Pharmacies can be located across the whole town and they are usually marked by a big read "A" – on the entrance door, you will always find a screen with information about which pharmacy is in emergency service during the nights and at the weekends. One central pharmacy, Leinen Apotheke at Ernst-August-Galery, can be found close to the main station but there are many other close by, and spread across the whole town: City Apotheke Karmarschstraße 33/35, Hannover +49 511 307 766 www.city-apo-hannover.de Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm. Sa 9am-4pm Löwen Apotheke Bahnhofstraße 2, Hannover +49 511 270 467 0 www.apohannover.de Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm. Sat 10am-7pm