Famous for its gardens trade exhibitions and connections to the British Royal Family Hannover was hit especially badly during the second world war leaving few of its historic buildings still standing. Howeverwhat Hannover lacks in architectural charms it makes up for in cultural delights beautiful green spaces and affordable activities. Holidaymakers visiting this central city can explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Germany visit outstanding museums see the city’s world famous zoo and explore the area’s historic castles.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Hannover
Kröpcke – A large pedestrianized area in the heart of Hannover Kröpcke is one of the city’s main shopping districts. Home to the Hannover Opera and lots of fantastic restaurants Kröpcke is a great destination for a meal out or an evening of classical music.
Altstadt – As much of Hannover’s old town was destroyed by Allied bombs in the Second World War the Altstadt is made up of period buildings relocated to the area from across Hannover. Home to a number of prominent structures including the Old Town Hall Leibniz House and the Kreuz church the area is perfect for sightseers who want to explore the city on foot.
The Eilenriede – This sprawling 1 600-acre park is one of the biggest inner city green spaces in Europe. Head to the Eilenriede to escape the hustle and bustle of the city enjoy some fresh air and stretch your legs in this enormous patch of urban countryside.
Sudstadt – Just to the south of Kröpcke and Hannover’s central district the pretty area of Sudstadt lies along the banks of the Maschsee making it a great destination for a waterside stroll or a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s day.
Things to See in Hannover
Hannover’s most impressive sight is the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). Opened in 1913 the magnificent building with its castle-like façade is surrounded by the Maschpark making it a great destination for an afternoon of sightseeing. Equally important though not quite as imposing is the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) that dates from 1410 with Neo-Gothic elements added later in the building’s life. Another of the city’s famous attractions is the Herrenhäuser Gärten a baroque garden created in the 17th century. A copy of the gardens at Versailles Herrenhäuser Gärten is strikingly beautiful throughout the year.
Things to Do in Hannover
With its great selection of gardens shopping areas and museums Hannover offers visitors plenty to keep them busy. Some of the best museums are the Sprengel Museum the Lower Saxony State Museum and the Wilhelm Busch Museum. Travel between the different attractions by bike taking advantage of the excellent network of cycle lanes that crisscrosses the city. Alternatively if you’d rather experience the living world a trip to Hannover Zoo is a must. One of the most famous in the world the zoo is home to endangered and rare animals from every corner of the globe.