Hannover, capital city of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, is an important, centrally situated industrial and trade fair location in the heart of Europe. The city is situated on the river Leine, where the North German Plain gradually gives way to the mountainous region of Lower Saxony. It’s convenient location on the intersection between traditionally busy traffic corridors from north to south and east to west played a major part in Hannover’s development from a medieval village to a modern metropolis.
Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, Hannover Region is ideally integrated in the major European transport connections. This is where the A7 motorway (Munich-Hamburg) and A2 motorway (Ruhr area-Berlin) intersect. The Deutsche Bahn ICE network also ensures fast rail links to and from all major conurbations. Hannover Airport offers direct flights to more than 100 destinations.
Hannover Region offers an excellent quality of life and appeals to people of all age groups. In addition to extensive green spaces, it also boasts excellent shopping amenities within easy reach, a bustling club and nightlife scene as well as a wide selection of recreational areas in and around the city. Hannover is surrounded by a beautiful countryside which is ideal for diverse leasure-time pursuits ranging from water sports to hiking and nature study.
Things to See
Hannover Adventure Zoo
On animal safari around the world with exotic landscapes, there are over 2000 animals and amazing shows at Hannover Adventure Zoo. Germany’s most spectacular zoo attracts about 1.5 million visitors a year. It is the only place north of the Sahara that makes you believe you are in Africa: with hippopotamuses, zebras and rhinoceroses almost close enough to touch; a Zambezi-style boat trip; and a lookout point that brings you face to face with elegant giraffes. The Indian Jungle Palace is home to one of the largest herds of elephants in Europe: Meet them in the Palace Pool and at showtime. You can find a virtual tour of the zoo here.
The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen
Herrenhausen Gardens are Hannover’s most famous attraction and have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for more than 300 years. The centrepiece, the “Great Garden”, is the most important baroque garden in Europe and is a magnet for tourists from all over the world. The Baroque garden in Herrenhausen was created by Electress Sophie (1630-1714) and is one of the few baroque parks which has retained its basic structure until today. Music, dance and theatre at Herrenhausen – this tradition thrives today with drama in the hedge theatre, concerts, festivals, world-class cabaret performing arts and international fireworks competitions to animate the Great Garden in Herrenhausen all year round. For a first impression of the royal gardens click here for the virtual tour.
The Red Thread
Hannover has something unique to offer: The 4.2 km long ”Red Thread” is painted on the pavement and passes through the city center along the 36 most important places of interest of the city. The barrier-free Red Thread has been showing tourists around Hannover since 1970. If you want to stroll virtually along the Red Thread click here.
Spectacular projects, precious collections and pioneering exhibits all confirm Hannover Region’s reputation as a center of art. There are excellent museums in Hannover devoted to archaeology, natural history and ethnology, including vivid portrayals of technical history and everyday life in centuries gone by.