A Revivalist Triumph
The capital of Lower Saxony, beautiful Hanover has been so thoughtfully planned that you can’t tell it was largely destroyed in World War II. The city is full of green spaces, one of which is by the huge Maschsee lake, where sailors and rowers share the water with pedal boats. In the winter, you might be able to skate there. A smaller lake in the Maschpark closer to the center of the city reflects the grand New Town Hall overlooking it.
The Old Town Hall is in the Old Town where half-timbered buildings were brought from all areas of the city during rebuilding. The square in back hosts one of the Hanover Christmas markets. The others are on Kröpcke pedestrian shopping street, and in front of the station, where the city’s main shopping center, Ernst August Gallerie, is located.
To the north are the incredible, beautifully landscaped Herrenhausen Gardens, bursting with color most of the year. This area gives its name to the local pilsner, Herrenhäuser. There are also colorful sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, whose work is also displayed in the Sprengel modern art museum.
As an Expo City and host of many festivals, accommodations in Hanover can get booked up quickly, so choose yours on Booking.com soon after booking your flight to Hanover Airport.