It’s one of those names you know: Hannover. So now it’s time to give that beautiful city a visit! In the city, you will find a lot of history, hipsterish places, modern buildings, and of course greenery.
In my opinion, a day or two is enough to explore the city. Though, there is plenty to do if you want to stay longer. Think about the Herrenhausen Gardens where you can stroll around for a half-day without seeing the same place twice.
Going around by (rental) bike is my preferred way of transportation. It’s quick, it’s easy, and the Germans know how to arrange their traffic ways. Vetexbart and I stayed at the Mercure Hotel Hannover City, where they rent your bikes at the reception.
Things to do in Hannover
If you don’t really want to decide what you want to see, you can take the Red Thread tour. Starting at the Tourist Information Center is a red line that goes all the way around the city. It passes all the must-see places of Hannover.
The line starts and ends at the Tourist Information Center, where you can buy an extra guide for 3 euros. A good idea, because this way you know what you are looking at. 😉
If you prefer to do your own planning
You can also just do things at your own pace. That’s fine too. I suggest started at the Neues Rathaus though. At this place, you can go all the way up to the dome of the building.
Neues Rathaus of Hannover
There are two good reasons to visit the top of the Neues Rathaus.
Reason 1 to visit the Neues Rathaus of Hannover.
The Rathaus is the highest building in Hannover. Going up to the top gives you a view of the entire city. If the weather is nice, you will be able to look very far. Standing on top you will notice how green the city is.
Reason 2 to visit the Neues Rathaus of Hannover.
They have the only elevator in the world that starts to lean at one point in the trip to the top. It follows the shape of the dome, going in a 17-degree angle. A fun experience to have while you are there.
Being part of the summer residence of the old royalty from the region, these gardens are magnificent. It’s one of the best-preserved Baroque gardens. There are a lot of stories about the people that used to live and visit in the garden. Try to find a guide that allows you to discover these interesting stories.
Maschsee (lake and park)
Right in the city center, you can find a patch of green and blue. The huge lake it a great place for a stroll around. Or for a morning run. 😉
On the lake, you can participate in a wide array of watersports. Once a year, in summer, there is a big festival going all around the lake. You can go for drinks, food, and culture with a lovely view of the lake.
Another green place to discover in Hannover is the Eilenriede forest. A large forest going partially around the city. It’s twice the size of Central Park, making it pretty big.
The many churches of Hannover
In Hannover, you can find a great number of beautiful churches. A couple of ones I can recommend:
Want to discover Hannover virtually first?
At the time of writing this, we are mostly in lockdown because of Covid19. For that reason, Hannover decided to make their city virtually accessible.
They made 360° photos of 46 spots in Hannover and 24 spots in the region around the capital of Lower Saxony. You can explore the magnificent Town Hall or roam around the magical Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen.
So let’s get exploring… just from our lazy couches for a while though…
Disclaimer: This article is the result of a press trip by Tourism Hannover