Welcome to Hannover

  • Hannover from above

    Hannover from above (Image © HMTG Wyrwa)

  • Hannover opera house

    Hannover opera house (Image © HMTG Lars Gerhardts)

  • Hannover Old Town

    Hannover Old Town (Image © Martin Kirchner HMTG)

  • Hannover railway station

    Hannover main railway station (Image © HMTG Lars Gerhardts)

  • Hannover recreation

    The Maschsee in Hannover's heart (Image © HMTG)

  • Hannover flea market

    Flea Market in the Old Town (Image © HMTG Wyrwa)

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Green trade fair and event location in the heart of Europe

From ground-breaking architecture and infrastructure to highly attractive recreational areas in the surrounding region, the state capital of Lower Saxony – which has a population of around 514,000  – boasts many interesting contrasts. More than 60 different theatres and museums put on a range of world class plays, concerts and exhibitions in Hannover, which was recently awarded the title UNESCO City of Music.  The opera and drama sections of Hannover State Theatre, for example, and exhibition venues such as Sprengel Museum Hannover and the kestnergesellschaft enjoy an excellent international reputation.

Visitors can shop till they drop in Georgstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse, two of the most popular shopping streets in Germany. Alternatively, they can head for one of the many arcades, Ernst-August-Galerie shopping mall or charming boutiques in the picturesque Old Town, along the popular Lister Meile or in the bustling Linden district. At the end of the day, there are numerous pavement cafés and authentic pubs where they can recover from an extensive shopping spree.

Those in search of relaxation will find a huge selection of quiet natural spots in Germany’s greenest city. Eilenriede, the largest city forest in Europe, is ideal for a long, relaxing walk, for cycling or rollerblading. Alternatively, head for Maschsee lake where the sailing boats and palm-fringed promenade create an instant Mediterranean flair in the midst of the city.

The Herrenhausen Gardens, Hannover’s baroque heritage, provide a fantastic backdrop for thrilling events such as the International Fireworks Competition, the Little Festival in the Great Garden, the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen arts festival and the winter variety show.

A visit to Hannover Adventure Zoo is sure to be a firm favourite with the whole family. With seven fascinating themed worlds containing approx. 2,000 animals of 204 species, this is one of the major tourist attractions in northern Germany.

Hannover is always in season: sports events, open-air concerts and funfairs invite visitors and locals alike to share the suspense and join the celebrations throughout the whole year. Highlights such as the Marksmen’s Fair and Maschsee Lake Festival draw crowds of visitors from all over the world.

The region around Hannover is a perfect choice for holidays, with attractions such as Steinhuder Meer lake, the wooded ridge of the Deister, the rolling farmland of the Calenberger Land and the famous Marienburg Castle offering a wide range of activities for young and old. Historic half-timbered houses in many towns in the region create a unique olde-worlde atmosphere.

Hannover boasts the world’s largest exhibition centre and has a great reputation for its hospitality. As a trade fair and event venue, the state capital of Lower Saxony stands in the international spotlight every year. Millions of trade fair visitors have flocked to the city every year since 1947. Hannover is home to leading international trade fairs and exhibitions such as the CeBIT and HANNOVER MESSE and has hosted the EXPO 2000. Hannover’s success as a trade show venue is largely attributable to its central location in the middle of Germany and Europe – making the city a particularly attractive business location for domestic and international visitors.

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