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Hannover; like nowhere else!

Easy-going, tolerant, laid-back: these are possibly the best words to describe the way of life in Hannover.

The town centre has all the flair of a big city, and the pedestrian precinct is a true paradise for anyone keen on shopping. In the old part of the town you can stroll along medieval alleyways, relax on the banks of the Leine or stop off at one of the many cafés. The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen are the epitome of garden design. Buzzing with life, the different parts of the city each have a charm of their own. Full of colour and movement, the iconic district of Linden is currently the hip place to be.

Whether students, academics or eccentric types: for everyone here the street is like a second home and bars, cafés, kiosks and restaurants can be found on every corner. The atmosphere in adjacent Nordstadt, where Hanover's Leibniz University, is based is calmer, tolerant and peaceful. Here you may well see a punk carrying an old lady's shopping home for her. The district of List is rather more chic. Seated amidst magnificent art nouveau buildings, here people are often to be found be enjoying a good glass of wine.

Garden pleasures

A must see in Hannover are the Royal Gardens in Herrenhausen, an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture, that ranks among the most important historical gardens in Europe.

The beautiful gardens are a great place to spend your time. Copyrights: COPTOGRAPH 

Old town district

Experience medieval Hannover in the charming Old Town, with its styling boutiques and inviting cafés and restaurants. Relax on the place Ballhof Platz or at the banks of the river Leine. On Saturdays, Germany's oldest flea market takes place here.

Grab a bite to eat amongst the stunning architecture. Copyright: Martin Kirchner

Lake Maschsee

A maritime paradise right in the city centre! The Maschee offers a recreational area in the heart of the city, both on water and all around: for yachting, canoeing and pedal boating; for joggers, skaters and strollers. Or just relax with a cold drink in one of the idyllic beer gardens around.

Socialise or exercise at the lake. Copyright: Christian Wyrwa

Right in the middle of things!

If you want to go shopping in Hannover, you can start as soon as you come out of the Central Station onto Ernst August Platz. On the right is the Ernst August Galerie; down the steps, one floor below ground level, is the Niki de Saint Phalle Promenade with Bahnhofstrasse above it - all inviting places for the shopper, the stroller and the gourmet. And if you go on straight ahead, you will come to Kröpcke.

Hannover: the shoppers dream. Copyright: Lars Gerhardts

Party & Nightlife

Pubs, cocktail bars, clubs playing every kind of music - Hannover’s party district exerts a magnetic pull. Not only at the weekend - every evening, creative actors put on a range of music events, either live or with a DJ. From small select clubs to huge dance halls, the city has something for everyone.

Inside one of the many bars and clubs

Cumberlandsche Galerie – in the historical staircase. Copyright: Christian Wyrwa 

Festivals and celebrations in Hannover

It’s almost impossible to count the opportunities Hannover offers for exuberant celebrations. Festivities great and small, open-air events, live music, unusual kinds of festival – the calendar of events is bursting at the seams.

Lake Maschee Festival brings the water to life. Copyright: Roland Justynowicz

No, it’s not a district of Hannover ...

… on the contrary, Hannover is an appendage of Linden, everybody in Linden knows that. To the right and left of Limmerstrasse and around the Market Place there is an abundance of teeming, colourful life. Students, university lecturers, eccentrics, people for whom life is an art form, they all practically live on the on streets. This is a district to go out and to party in!

Students enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. Copyright: Martin Kirchner 

Hannover – a work of art

Whether drama or opera, musical, live concert or stunning exhibition – finding a first-class event in Hannover is never a problem. After all, the city offers one of the greatest varieties anywhere in Germany. With its opera house, theatres and internationally acclaimed museums, Hannover offers an unbeatable art experience all year round.

Sprengel Museum Hannover – the art of the 20th and 21st century

Sprengel Museum Hannover – the art of the 20th and 21st century. Copyright: Lars Gerhardts 

Hannover Region…

...which, by the way, also includes the City of Hannover itself, offers a large number of exciting destinations for excursions. Sport, culture, experience, adventure – the great variety of opportunities for weekend trips attracts many families as well. “Recreation close at hand” is more than just a slogan.

Evening atmosphere at Lake Steinhude – a centre for water sports

Evening atmosphere at Lake Steinhude – a centre for watersports. Copyright: Stefan Holbein 


Arrive in Hannover in just an hour from different UK airports, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Jersey. Hannover is located in the middle of Europe, directly at the A7 and A2 motorways and the Deutsche Bahn high-speed rail network.

Special Tip: Get yourself a Hannover Card!

Discover Hannover by public transport with the Hannover Card. Giving you quick and cheap way to explore the town, as well as discounts on attractions, restaurants and tours.

Download the latest Pocket Guide on Hannover here.