Hannover is one of Germany’s greenest cities, in every sense. This regional capital has strong sustainability credentials and a network of parks and green spaces, offering fresh air to visitors and important habitats for wildlife. If you prefer sustainable accommodation, use Expedia’s Hannover hotel map and search filters to explore a range of sustainable hotels in Hannover, including options near the Eilenriede, the city’s famous urban park.
What to Expect from Hannover’s Green Hotels
Booking a sustainable hotel in Hannover needn’t mean foregoing luxury. You’ll find several green accommodation options in the four-star category, with on-site restaurants, fitness and spa facilities and WiFi throughout. Some of Hannover’s sustainable hotels offer cycle hire, helping you explore the city easily and with minimal impact on the environment.
Getting Around Hannover
Hannover has taken significant steps to reduce emissions from transport, implementing a low-emission zone in 2008 and operating hybrid buses on several routes. They city’s transport network is supported by an extensive network of cycling routes, many of which run through the city’s green spaces.
With over 11% of its area devoted to open spaces and some 45,000 trees lining its streets, Hannover can lay claim to being one of Germany’s greenest cities. Hannover also has two great lakes, the Maschsee in the city centre, and the much larger Lake Steinhude to the northwest – both perfect for boating and lakeside walks or bike rides.
Days Out in the Country
Base yourself in a sustainable hotel near Hannover’s main station for easy rail excursions into the Lower Saxony countryside. The Deister Hills, 15 miles (25km) to Hannover’s southwest, are popular with hikers and cyclists, with sites of interest including the Klosterstollen exhibition mine in Barsinghausen.
Sustainable Hotels Near Hannover’s ‘Green Lung’
Hannover’s Eilenreide is the largest urban forest in Europe, offering some 640 hectares of woodlands, parks, walking routes and children’s playgrounds. Converted from a commercial logging area in the 19th century, the Eilenreide is often referred to as Hannover’s ‘grüne Lunge’ (green lung) and is still wild enough to be home to deer, hares, martens and bats.