Hannover

Travel Guide
New Town Hall which includes a lake or waterhole and heritage architecture

With a beautifully preserved old town, a thriving cultural scene, great city parks and easy access to the Lower Saxony countryside, this German gem ticks more boxes than you might think.

Hannover’s rich array of historical attractions and its lively shopping scene attract visitors at all times of year, and in the festive season traditional Christmas markets bring an extra dose of atmosphere to the medieval streets and squares of the Old Town. Green space is Hannover’s other great strength – they city is blessed with several parks and gardens, from the formal terraces of Herrenhausen in the city centre to the great urban forest of the Eilenreide.

If it’s your first visit, begin at the beginning: the picturesque Old Town. Hannover began life as a medieval trading centre around a thousand years ago, and its historic heart is full of quaint market squares, half-timbered buildings and grand Gothic churches. For an even deeper lesson in local history, head to the Historisches Museum, situated near the banks of the Leine river.

For a sense of how Hannover has changed over the centuries, take a stroll from the medieval Old Town Hall to the New Town Hall, a grand Baroque palace completed in the early 20th century. It overlooks the Maschpark – another of Hannover’s fine green spaces – and offers fine views from its dome observation gallery. Then follow the Roter Faden (Red Thread) trail to discover the rest of Hannover’s key sights. The four-kilometre route is marked by a line on the street.

Ready for some culture? Visit the Sprengel Museum for the best in 20th century art, including works by Picasso, Ernst, Klee and Hannover-born Kurt Schwitters. Later, take a seat in the neoclassical State Opera House, which puts on a varied calendar of classical music, opera and ballet.

If you’re visiting with family, set aside some time for Hannover’s two animal attractions: Hannover Zoo, whose themed zones are packed with rides, shows and naturalistic enclosures; and the SEA LIFE centre, whose tanks hold everything from colourful clown fish to mighty sharks. Like Hannover itself, they surprise and delight at every turn.

Where to stay in Hannover

DORMERO Hotel Hannover
DORMERO Hotel Hannover
4.5 out of 5
Hildesheimer Strasse 34-38, Hannover, NI, 30169
The price is £58 per night from 4 Jun to 5 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Hannover. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.7/5 Good! (50 reviews)
"Great hotel in the centre of Hannover."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

DORMERO Hotel Hannover
Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
4 out of 5
Lavesstraße 77, Hannover, NI, 30159
The price is £73 per night from 3 Jun to 4 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Hannover. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (989 reviews)
"Convenient location, clean, great breakfast! Only downside is construction on the train tracks was loud overnight."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
Novotel Hannover
Novotel Hannover
4 out of 5
Podbielskistrasse 21/23, Hannover, NI, 30163
The price is £67 per night from 10 Jun to 11 Jun
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Hannover. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (888 reviews)
"Staff can be a bit rude, but the activities in the hotel and outside are great and convenient."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

Novotel Hannover
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
3.5 out of 5
Lenausstrasse 11a, Hannover, 30169
The price is £50 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Hannover. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the comfy beds and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (198 reviews)
"Although the structure is nice, it is not 100% convenient as there is no elevator in the building, If you're not lucky to have an apartment at base floor, it could be an every-day challenge (especially if you travel with heavy luggage)"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
Gästeresidenz PelikanViertel
Gästeresidenz PelikanViertel
3 out of 5
Pelikanstrasse 11, Hannover, NDS, 30177
The price is £83 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hannover. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions ZAG Arena and Eilenriede ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (14 reviews)
Molto bene
"Siamo tornati al Pelikan perché ci eravamo trovati bene ed anche questa volta non ci ha deluso. Anche il prezzo è adeguato"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

Gästeresidenz PelikanViertel
Great holiday home Rybak with box spring beds and a large covered terrace
Great holiday home Rybak with box spring beds and a large covered terrace
Wunstorf, Lower Saxony
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Wunstorf. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Lake Steinhuder and Wilhelmstein are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Entspannte Ferien im geschmackvollen haus
"Sehr schön eingerichtet Haus in dem man sich sehr wohl fühlt und es an nichts fehlt . Es hat eine ruhige Lage und eine tolle große Terrasse mit bequemen Möbeln zum langen verweilen. Für kalte Abende gibt es einen Heizstrahler . Der Vermieter ist sehr freundlich und diskret , so dass man entspannt ..."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2022

Great holiday home Rybak with box spring beds and a large covered terrace
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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