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Hannover

Hannover

Hannover is a modern metropolis set among countless idyllic little towns and cute villages – with its programme of major events and open-air concerts, the baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen and its top-notch artistic and cultural offerings, this city boasts a range of absorbing leisure activities that scarcely any other city can rival. Among the tourist highlights of the area, surrounding its federal state capital, are Lake Steinhude, the ridge of the Deister Hills or Marienburg Castle, with 66 reasons for your stay in.

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Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

The Herrenhausen Gardens are an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture that dates back to the end of the 17th century and therefore ranks among the most important historical and best preserved baroque gardens in Europe. Ordered by Electress Sophie of the Palatinate, and inspired by the Sun King Luois XIV, this unique scenery attracts about half a million visitors a year with its wonderful shape and its amazing atmosphere.

Address
Herrenhäuser Straße 4, Hannover
Herrenhausen Palace Museum

After being used as a private residence of an heir of the throne, the Herrenhausen Palace Museum reopened in 2013 and, since then, invites visitors to entertainingly explore the facets of the wide-ranging palace and the garden world in Herrenhausen. Displaying ten manorial chambers with precious furniture, sculptures and china as well as oil paintings and portraits, this exhibition will give you an insight into the wealthy way of life back in the day.

Address
Herrenhäuser Straße 4, Hannover
Beef & Reef

This restaurant serves, as the name already reveals, a great variety of fish and meat dishes that – accompanied with tasty sides – prove that the German kitchen is not only about sausages and schnitzel. While the wine selection is well chosen and impressively wide, the extra gin menu on top invites you to try out different drinks from all over the world.

Address
Oesterleystraße 1, Hannover
Weinstube Leonardo

While its classic menu is influenced by Italian flavours, and executed with fresh and aromatic ingredients, the wine tasting allows you to, in addition, try out different dishes and wines expertly paired up.

Address
Sophienstraße 6, Hannover
City Centre

Hannover is steadily gaining ground as an attractive shopping metropolis, and the pedestrian zone around Kröpcke is one of its landmarks. While featuring both retail chains and independent stores, this neighbourhood also hosts a couple of restaurants and cafes so that you can basically spend a whole day here without getting bored, or hungry, or thirsty.

Address
Kröpcke, Hannover
Nordstadt

The district Nordstadt is as vibrant as its inhabitants, and so are the shops that you will discover here around the university, along with quite a few bars, cafes, and restaurants: while "Schön Schön" offers interior and design accessories for a most cosy home, "Jäger & Sammler" sells fashion of (and for) all kinds right next to "Onkel Ollis" special groceries, and "Soule Sneakerstores'" huge selection of shoes.

Address
Nordstadt, Hannover

Passport / Visa

Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

While Hannover is always worth a visit, the summer months between May and September offer the most when it comes to both wonderful weather and great events such as the Maschsee Lake Festival or a Marksmen Funfair. The winter in Hannover can get quite cold and, due to its northern location, also snowy but the fantastic Christmas markets can only be enjoyed then. Although it may be more rainy, do visit Hannover during spring and autumn for seeing the city less crowded and in more of a relaxed, natural state.