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.

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Skyscrapers, Museums and Festivals

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Where to stay in Hannover

List
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List

Skyscrapers, Biking, Natural Parks

Spend a day in this centrally located suburb of Hannover to admire graceful architecture, indulge in some shopping, explore lush parkland and sample German lager.

Mitte
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Mitte

Skyscrapers, Theatres, Beer

Mitte is a welcoming neighbourhood. For a taste of local culture, you can visit the shopping and museums.

Hameln-Pyrmont
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Hameln-Pyrmont

Monuments, Natural Parks, Sightseeing

Hameln-Pyrmont is a welcoming neighbourhood. The neighbourhood has many appealing features, among them its university culture.

Heidekreis District
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Trover photo by Silke Stocké

Heidekreis District

Heidekreis District is a welcoming neighbourhood.

Goslar Rural District
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Goslar Rural District

Goslar Rural District is a neighbourhood that welcomes all visitors.

Gross Buchholz
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Gross Buchholz

Universities, Natural Parks, Skyscrapers

A welcoming neighbourhood, Gross Buchholz offers a variety of options for restaurants. The neighbourhood’s festivals and university culture are just a couple of its charming qualities.

Top hotels in Hannover

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
4 out of 5
Lavesstraße 77, Hannover
£68/night
7 Aug-8 Aug
4/5Very Good! (533 reviews)

"Great location, great staff and best breakfast buffet I’ve ever seen. Only issue was air conditioning wasn’t as cool asI would have liked and bed was a little hard. Overall a great stay."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019

Grand Palace Hotel Hannover
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Boutique 026 Hannover Central
3 out of 5
Ludwigstraße 25-26, Hannover
£43/night
4 Aug-5 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (172 reviews)

"It is a very clean and design hotel and the staf are very kindly."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2019

Boutique 026 Hannover Central
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Maritim Airport Hotel Hannover
Flughafenstrasse 5, Langenhagen
£90/night
28 Jul-29 Jul
4.2/5Excellent! (920 reviews)

"Location is perfect. Elevators can be a pain especially when many people try to get up/down at the same time."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019

Maritim Airport Hotel Hannover

Popular things to do in Hannover

HDI Arena
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HDI Arena

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

Marienburg Castle
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Marienburg Castle

Marienburg Castle is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Pattensen. Make time to visit the spas and churches while you're in the area.

Marktkirche
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Marktkirche

Admire the redbrick Gothic design of this 14th-century treasure and spot the intriguing signs of the occult dotted around it.

New Town Hall
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New Town Hall

Study town models and ride the sloping elevator to the inside of a turquoise dome for an excellent vista of Hannover.

Great Garden
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Great Garden

The stately Herrenhausen in Hannover is set in expansive Royal Gardens, which are home to the 17th-century “Großer Garten.”

Hannover Zoo
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Hannover Zoo

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

Top activities in Hannover

Admission Ticket SEA LIFE Hannover Aquarium
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Admission Ticket SEA LIFE Hannover Aquarium

£13

Ready to go on an exciting underwater expidition: Discover the tropical rainforest and more than 2,500 colorful marine animals inhabiting more than 40 pools. This ticket to the SEA LIFE Hannover Aquarium brings out the aquatic explorer in you.

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