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HannoverGermany

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

List, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

List

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Discover List, memorable for its bars. Popular attractions in List include Lister Platz and Eilenriede, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at Lister Platz U-Bahn.

List
Hannover showing modern architecture and interior views as well as a large group of people

Region Hannover District

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Region Hannover District, check out sights like HDI Arena or TUI Arena and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Hannover Vinnhorst S-Bahn or Hannover-Ledeburg S-Bahn.

Region Hannover District
Mitte, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Mitte

4/5Very Good!(53 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and museums, there's plenty to explore in Mitte. Top attractions like HDI Arena and Hannover Congress Centrum are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Central U-Bahn or Sedanstrasse-Lister Meile U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Mitte
Vahrenwald, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Vahrenwald

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

The coffee shops and monuments are just a few things visitors like about Vahrenwald. Lister Platz and Eilenriede are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Werderstrasse U-Bahn or Lister Platz U-Bahn to get around the larger area.

Vahrenwald
Bemerode, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Bemerode

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Bemerode is well liked for its restaurants. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Hannover area, you might plan a trip to TUI Arena or Tiergarten Hannover.

Bemerode
Mittelfeld, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

Mittelfeld

Mittelfeld is noteworthy for its museums, and you can make a stop at top attractions like TUI Arena and Expo Park.

Mittelfeld

Top hotels in Hannover

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DORMERO Hotel Hannover
DORMERO Hotel Hannover
4.5 out of 5
Hildesheimer Strasse 34-38, Hannover, NI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £66 per night from 3 Oct to 4 Oct

Located in Mitte, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Town Hall, Opera House and Marktkirche. HDI Arena and Schuetzenplatz are also within 1 mi (2 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (735 reviews)

"Overall very happy and the location for our pruposes was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2020

DORMERO Hotel Hannover
Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
4 out of 5
Lavesstraße 77, Hannover, NI
The price is £76 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schauspiel Hannover, Maschsee and Hannover Congress Centrum. HDI Arena and Hannover Zoo are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (936 reviews)
Nice experience

"Nice experience"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
me and all hotel hannover
me and all hotel hannover
3.5 out of 5
Aegidientorplatz 3, Hannover, NI
The price is £76 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Located in Mitte, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theater am Aegi, New Town Hall and Opera House. Maschsee and HDI Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"Super Hotel, klasse Bar und Lounge. Tolle Zimmer Zimmer und Personal. Frühstück leider etwas einfach, aber ok."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

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Top Holiday Rentals in Hannover

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
3.5 out of 5
Lenausstrasse 11a, Hannover
The price is £54 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Theater am Kuchengarten, HDI Arena and Swiss Life Hall. Maschsee and Sea Life Hannover are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (170 reviews)
Great!!!

"Great apartment, has everything we needed. Thank you for having us."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2020

Apartment City Lenaustraße - contactless check in
Private Apartment In der Reuterwiese
Private Apartment In der Reuterwiese
3 out of 5
In der Reuterwiese 10, Hannover

Located in Region Hannover District, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Wat Dhammavihara and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sea Life Hannover and Herrenhausen ...

Private Apartment In der Reuterwiese
Private Apartment Am Wehrbusch
Private Apartment Am Wehrbusch
3 out of 5
Am Wehrbusch 7, Laatzen

Located in Region Hannover District, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Leine Center Laatzen, TUI Arena and Hannover Fairground. Park der Sinne ...

Private Apartment Am Wehrbusch

Popular places to visit in Hannover

HDI Arena
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HDI Arena

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Catch a soccer game at the colossal stadium which has been an integral part of Hannover’s sporting culture since 1954.

Lake Steinhuder
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Lake Steinhuder

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Steinhuder, a popular spot to commune with nature in Hannover. Make some time to visit the monuments while you're in the area.

Hannover Zoo
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Hannover Zoo

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Watch animal feedings, see exciting shows and dine beside a rhino enclosure in one of Germany’s oldest and most fun zoos.

Swiss Life Hall
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Swiss Life Hall

A wide range of musicals, concerts and trade shows are held in this indoor arena in central Hannover, a venue praised for its acoustics.

Maschsee
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Maschsee

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Participate in watersports, go on a boat tour in summer or play ice hockey and enjoy family skating in winter.

Herrenhausen Gardens
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Herrenhausen Gardens

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Explore the Baroque mansions, museums and fountains dotted around the picturesque landscape gardens that make up this large outdoor complex.

Top things to do in Hannover

Hanover Private Walking Tour
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Hanover Private Walking Tour

£177
Per adult
Hamelin Private Walking Tour
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Hamelin Private Walking Tour

£194
Per adult
Private Departure Transfer from Hannover City to Hannover Airport
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Private Departure Transfer from Hannover City to Hannover Airport

£51
Per adult
Private Arrival Transfer from Hannover Airport to Hannover City
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Private Arrival Transfer from Hannover Airport to Hannover City

£51
Per adult
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Hannover Airport in Hannover City
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Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Hannover Airport in Hannover City

£202
Per adult
Floating, hovering at Zero Gravity Day Spa Beauty Center Bemerode
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Floating, hovering at Zero Gravity Day Spa Beauty Center Bemerode

£85
Per adult

Reviews of Hannover

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Jan 2020

Lovely place to visit. shopping, eating out and riverside walk were the main highlights

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

I only go because I have relatives who live there, it is not worth going as a tourist. but if you are passing through with children, I would recommend the zoo. this zoo is one of the nicest in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Dec 2019

Christmas market was Absolutely Outstanding.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Dec 2019

Smart city centre with good shops and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Hannover is awesome...…. visit if you can.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Dec 2019

A visit to the Neues Rathaus is a definite must. Also a walk along the cafe culture of the Lister Meile

Cities near Hannover

Photo "Peine" by Losch (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Peine

Hamelin

Hamelin

Photo "Barsinghausen" by Den man tau (CC BY-SA) / Cropped from original

Barsinghausen