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The capital and largest city of the state of Lower Saxony in Germany, Hannover went from ruling Great Britain to nearly being destroyed in the Second World War. Today, the city has been rebuilt retaining an abundance of its old-world charm and royal history. Its Old Town area, or ‘Altstadt’, is delightful to walk through, characterised by cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and ubiquitous red roofs. A symbol of the city, the New Town Hall is a magnificent structure showcasing eclectic architecture and crowned by an ornate dome. For panoramic views, you can ride to the top of the dome in a tilted lift, the only one of its kind in Europe.

Hannover is home to Maschsee, an expansive artificial lake offering water sports and opportunities for swimming, boating and cycling. If you’re after a more tranquil experience, you can simply stroll around the park or stop for a bite at one of the many surrounding cafes and bars. Also worth a visit are the Herrenhausen Gardens – sprawling baroque gardens with fountains, manicured lawns and an artsy grotto. During summer, the gardens come alive with plenty of festivals and fireworks.

When travelling with little ones, Hannover Adventure Zoo will take you around the world with themed zones showcasing hundreds of species in their natural habitat – from Africa to Australia. For a dose of culture, you can take in a sizeable collection of modern art at the Sprengel Museum or journey into the city’s past at Hannover History Museum.


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From £104 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.51
Language German
Average weekend price £88 per night
Average weekday price £88 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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I didn't expect much from the city, but it turned out to...

15 May 2024

I didn't expect much from the city, but it turned out to be amazing! It is clean, quiet, comfortable and beautiful. I liked the red line on the pedestrian roads that connects all the landmarks and guides you while walking - it's a perfect option for such lazy tourists like me who don't like to prepare a must-see list in advance 😁 Food - for meat lovers, I would recommend the Afgan restaurant "Masa". You won't regret 👌 The shopping area is located right near the train station - there are quite many shops.

Yuliia Cheban
Yuliia Cheban Ukraine

Hannover is a typical German city with a pleasant city...

1 May 2024

Hannover is a typical German city with a pleasant city center where shops remain open until the evening. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. The main draw seems to be the Hannover Messe events. If you're seeking peace and quiet, Hannover might fit the bill, but some may find it a bit boring.

Julia Netherlands

I liked that Hannover city has limited traffic around the...

28 April 2024

I liked that Hannover city has limited traffic around the main railway station where only of buses, taxis and bicycles move quite slowly. The roads can be crossed easily, no rushing. Also, where traffic lights are for pedestrians, the green light is coming very soon after touching the button. Public transport is excellent - always in close proximity with multiple choices, moving exactly, except the buses which sometimes delay. The town is very clean.


I was there for an exhibition at Hannover Messe.

26 April 2024

I was there for an exhibition at Hannover Messe. Hannover has excellent public transport which allowed me to reach the Messe easily. The weather was not too my liking (coming from India, I found it too cold and discomforting) The suburbs are beautiful with lot of trees and spacious gardens all over


If Hannover turly is, as is often heard, the most boring...

15 April 2024

If Hannover turly is, as is often heard, the most boring city in Germany, it makes me want to explore more of what Germany has to offer. I mean, how nice must all the other cities be if they find Hannover boring, as it is not boring at all. Like many larger German cities Hannover was bombed and mostly destroyed in the war and has been rebuilt. If you want to see original pre-war Germany, then you can take an easy day-trip to Celle which has been voted as the most beautiful German small town. Also the famous Hameln is an easily doable day-trip.

Jari Finland

Hannover was a nice surprise.

3 April 2024

Hannover was a nice surprise. We stayed close to the ZOO and only 1.3 km from the railway station, which meant, we could walk to the city centre. Very good shopping opportunities and a very nice self-guided walking sight seeing tour around the city. Nice places to eat.

Finn Denmark

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