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The Small Festival in the Great Garden

– Around 30-40 performers from around the world perform in this summer festival, including clowns, acrobatic performance, comedy theatre and many more. Every festival day lasted around 4 hours (6-10:30PM), so normally only maximum 7 stage performances can be seen in 1 festival day. At the end of the day (or night), fireworks are lighted, bringing the excitement from the day to a fabulous ending. Tickets can be bought directly on the day, but be prepared for a very long queue. Coming as early as 2 hours before the festival starts is recommended.

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54 Georgstraße, – Award wining cocktails. The bar has won a host of awards from publications ranging from Playboy to Barführer, Germany's authoritative guide to the best bars in the country. The monthly whisky tasting session attracts connoisseurs from all over Germany, and the bar has the most extensive collection of whiskies available locally. Prices are appropriately steep, but the atmosphere is not at all stuffy or pompous. It actually has a relaxed and communal feel to it.

DRINK   —  +49 511 235-2434 —  Map

Hanover Zoo

Is very modern and supposed to be one of the best in Europe. About 2,000 animals from all over the world live in six impressive zoo worlds. The ticket is pricey but should is worth it for a whole day's fun. Day tickets cost 25 € for adults, for children 3–5 years: 13.50 € and children 6-17 y.: 17 €. Open year-round. In wintertime, visit the WinterZoo - a charming Christmas market with ice show, ice skating, slides, food & drink, etc.

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Hanover Opera

Kröpcke – Hosts a number of operas played by international singers, as well as ballets and classical music. Operas by German composers are performed in German; Italian operas are performed with German subtitles (no English). Tickets normally sell out for the popular Mozart's ''"Die Zauberfloete"'' ("Magic Flute") and Strauss' ''"Der Fledermaus"'' ("The Bat"). €14-55, €8 students (sold 30 minutes before curtain, ID required).

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Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer

– The Historical Museum in Hanover traces the history of the city right from the time of its foundation in 1100 to the present day. The museum showcases the history of the town as well as the individual regions. You will also get to know a lot about the folk culture and folk traditions of Hanover. Located towards the west of Balhof in Hanover and is on the Hohes Ufer where you find the largest flea market held on Saturdays.

Suite Hotel

This hotel offers private suits which have a small kitchenette built in as well as, as standard, free WiFi and TV and video. Try to make sure your stay includes a Thursday as guests receive a free massage on Thursdays! Stays lasting over 4 days will be given free rein over a smart car as well. Facilities also include a fitness center. Centrally located behind the central station. Prices from a not too extravagant €75.

SLEEP   —  +49 511-374500 —  Rundestr. 9

Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum

A mish mash of exhibitions. There is a prehistorical section focusing on the past of Low Saxony including tools and weapons. You will also find coins of the Kingdom of Hanover, Prussia and the German empire and to top it all off, what every German museum needs, a Japanese tea room. Open: Tue - Son: 10 - 17 h, Thu: 10 - 19 h, Admission: 4-8 €, reduce: 3-6 €, family: 9-16 €.

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This multiplex movie theater right behind the main train station (Raschplatz) shows some films in original English version. Tickets: €6-7, student €5. Tuesday is the cheap ticket day (€3.50-4.50). Seats are numbered and there is an extra fee (€1) for the "better seats" (''Loge'', the ones upper than the first few rows). For extra long movie, another extra fee (€0.50-1).

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Lister Turm Biergarten

Walderseestr. 100, – Surrounded by trees this is one of the largest beer gardens in Hanover. With the Lister building, in the backdrop as well as all the trees, makes this an idyllic drinking spot. It is family friendly and business savvy as there is a playground for children and WiFI for laptops. The pub also serves food if you're hungry or need a break from drinking.

DRINK   —  +49 511-7242617 —  Map


A smaller cosy restaurant and wine bar in same building. Pretty large portions with decent price of fusion food (seafood, meat, vegetarian etc). Some seats inside, but most tables outside. Good menu and daily specials. Please book a table in advance on warm evenings, because it's popular among locals. You an also wait for a table in wine bar, next to green park.


Mexican Bar, Friesenstraße 52, – A small exotic bar serving delicious food. The cocktail of choice here is the 'Caipi', more often known as, 'Caipirinha', made with sugar cane spirit and limes or the Castro Cooler with rum and calvados. The salsa music will have you up on your feet in no time, especially after a few 'Caipi'. Daily from 6.30PM - 1AM.

DRINK   —  +49 511124 6086 —  Map

Hanover Medical School

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) is a one of the leading university medical centers in Germany. Besides the regular medical courses, MHH offers a Master degree in Biomedicine [http://www.mh-hannover.de/4538.html] (program in both English and German), and doctoral degrees as part of the Hanover Biomedical Research School (HBRS) (see below).

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Great Garden of Herrenhausen

The world-famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen were created in the 17th century to copy the Versailles Garden in France. A must see! Even in the winter one can still see its beauty, but it reaches its best at the end of spring until end of summer. There is also a glimmering cave decorated by Niki de Saint Phalle.

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Schaufelderstraße 11, – Interior designed by Jorge La Guardia and the flamenco musician gave it a desintct Mediterranean and international feel which has proved to be very popular. Whilst sipping on your cocktail try some of the very reasonably priced, exotic dishes. Open daily from 10AM -1AM.

DRINK   —  +49 511 13 1001 —  Map

Tourism Office

- has self-guiding maps. Follow the ''red line'' which starts from the exit of the Tourism Office. The red line will pass all the major attractions of Hanover and can be completed on foot in 1.5 hours. Refer to the map for explanation every time a number on the red line is encountered.

Leibniz University of Hanover

Having more than 60 interdisciplinary studies and 24,000 students, this university is one of the major institutions offering higher degree of education in Hanover. Besides the regular German degrees (Diplom, Doktoral), international Bachelor's and Master's degrees are also available.

OTHER   —  +49 511 7620 —  Welfengarten 1

Hannover ''Tramway Museum''

In Wehmingen near Sehnde – The Museum comprises the only nationwide collection of tramcars in Germany, located on the site of a former potash mine in Sehnde-Wehmingen, southeast of Hannover. Open from April - October only Sundays and public holidays 11 - 17 h.

SEE   —  +49 511 646 3312 —  Map

Café Mezzo

Lister Meile 4. Normally crowded with students during lunch and dinner time. Reservations should be considered if planning to come during this time. Service can be slow sometime, but they offer a wide range of "student" menus with reasonable prices.

EAT   —  +49 511-314966 —  Map

Youth Hostel Hanover

Prices from €24.10, half board from €28.70, full board from €80 (incl. bed linen)" [http://www.jugendherberge.de/de/jugendherbergen/visitenkarte/jh.jsp?IDJH=301] Membership of the German or a national Youth Hostel Association is a prerequisite.

Das kleine Museum

A corner restaurant/pub with large portions of excellent German, French, and Moroccan inspired food. Run by the owner, the staff are warm and welcoming. The decorations are true to it's name, replete with stuffed crocodiles on the roof.

Gaststätte Kaiser

Traditional German cuisine of Lower Saxony in an atmospheric restaurant; comprehensive whiskey list. Located near the university, this is a favorite of visiting professors and researchers. The owner also rents rooms upstairs.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Hannover-Schweizerhof

Big chain like hotel in the center of Hanover. Good location and includes all expected amenities of a big hotel but nothing speacial. Rooms are quite spacious however and suites are available. Standard room from €80.

SLEEP   —  +49 511-34950 —  Hinueberstr. 6


Dining in a high ceiling, brick domed room creating an medieval appearance whilst at the same time being contemporary and modern. The menu is fresh and changes every 3 weeks to keep it that way. International meals.

Wilhelm-Busch Museum

This museum hosts the unique collection of Busch’s work and others satirical and humorous art. It is respected as the German Museum of Caricature and Critical Graphic Arts. €4.50, €10 family, €2.50 reduced.

Hotel Marjani

This hotel is located between Hanover and Springe, 15 km distance from Hanover Central Station. Families are welcome and children under the age of 12 stay for free. Breakfast is included in the price.

Osho Discothek

One of the oldest clubs in Hanover but has been revamped on several occasions to keep with the times. Most notable feature is the huge 90 meter square dance floor calling people to boogie the night away.

DRINK   —  Raschplatz 7L


The best place to come for the all-you-can-eat-and-drink breakfast. But not for late sleepers as the breakfast ends at 11:30 a.m. Try the ice cream, a bit expensive but definitely worth the price.

University of Hanover

The main building was the winter palace of the Kings of Hanover. The summer palace was in the Great Garden complex. However, it was destroyed during the World War II. Now only one wall remains.

SEE   —  Welfengarten 1

Sprengel Museum

Should not be missed by modern art lovers. Hosts a great number of art objects from the modern era (20th century). Objects include works from Picasso, Paul Klee, Niki de Saint-Phalle.


a residential area not so far from the Central Station. This area is popular among students. It has a nice pedestrian area "Lister Meile" with some small and interesting shops.

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Pier 51

Fantastic sun deck where you can eat whilst taking in the views of the lake. Mediterranean meals. Reservations are more than likely a must especially in the summer season.

Eve Klub

Was voted one of the Best 50 Clubs in Germany by the magazine Maxim in 2004. Partygoers come here to enjoy high end DJs or the live performances that happen twice a month.

DRINK   —  Reuterstr. 3-4

New City Hall

See the models of Hanover at four different points in history: 1689, 1939, 1945, and 2000, and then take a sloped elevator to the dome for a beautiful view of the city.

SEE   —  Trammplatz 2

The Kastens Hotel Luisenhof

5* hotel, very close to the central station and the Galerie Luise. Available facilities include Sauna, Fitness Center, Massage, Cycling, Turkish/Steam Bath.

SLEEP   —  +49 511-30440 —  Luisenstr. 1-3

Restaurant Café Steintormasch

In der Steintormasch, adjacent to the mansions gardens. – Serves food and hot meals which can be enjoyed in their beer garden. Open every day except Monday.

DRINK   —  +49 511-7000717 —  Map

Brauhaus Ernst-August

A nightclub which also serves food! Also has freshly brewed beer. Don't be shocked if you see guest dancing on the tables, it is apparently a common sight.

DRINK   —  Schmiedestr. 13

Hanover Biomedical Research School

currently offers 2 PhD programs: “Molecular Medicine” and “Infection Biology”. Both are conducted in English with students coming from all over the world.

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At the EXPO area. An annual event lasts several days in March. The biggest computer-related exhibition in the world. Very interesting for tech lovers.

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Blindenmuseum Hannover

The museum hosts objects showing how blind people have been educated between 1843 and today. Free admission, but open only by appointment.

SEE   —  +49 511-52470 —  Bleekstraße 22

Hotel Reverey Garni

Quite location but with easy access to the center of Hanover. Clean and comfortable rooms and breakfast is included. Prices from: €32+.

SLEEP   —  +49 511-883711 —  Aegidiendamm 8


Osterstraße 38, – Mexican restaurant that has a great variety of cocktails. Usually full during happy hour which last until 8PM.

DRINK   —  +49 511-3530919 —  Map

City park

This is worth visiting on a nice sunny day. Good place to relax with a good book and a perfect place to escape the city center.


Afghan food. You may want to opt for the carpeted floor than the tables. Located next door to the cocktail bar "Loft".

EAT   —  Georgstr. 50b

Mister Q

On Raschplatz behind the central station, offers all you can eat brunch every Sunday, including coffee and beverages

EAT   —  +49 511-38888918 —  Raschplatz 6

Spring Festival

Schützenplatz. Annual event in spring, everyday from 2PM. Practically a knock-down amusement park. Lots of fun.

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650 hectares of city forest. Very unique considering its size and location in the middle of the city.

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Mercure Hotel Hannover Medical Park

A boutique hotel located close to Medical School Hanover, with good connection to buses and trams.

Sea Life

Hanover Aquarium, has an array of fish and also a rain forest inside. It is open from 10AM daily.

Street Kitchen - Viet Cuisine

Fast, cheap, and good Vietnamese cuisine in Linden-Nord, with outdoor seating during the summer.

Museum August-Kestner

Objects include ones from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, the Middle Ages and modern times.

SEE   —  +49 511-16842120 —  Trammplatz 3


Music spans 3 decades beginning with 60s soul and traveling through the 70s and 80s.

DRINK   —  Scholvinstr. 7

Leibniz House

The house where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz lived during the later part of his life.

SEE   —  Holzmarkt 4-6

Hannover Scorpions

Is Hanover's professional ice hockey club in Germany's premier division (DEL).

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A 112 hectares of recreational forest with free ranging fallow deer.

Hannover 96

Is Hanover's professional soccer club in Germany's premier division.

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Vahrenwalder Hotel

Good and clean, standard breakfast. May be loud due to busy street.

Hannover messe

A well-known industrial expo later in the spring.

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The Nanas

Giant sculptures made by Niki de Saint Phalle.

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Etap Hotel Hannover City

In a handy location for the train station.

SLEEP   —  +49 511-2355570 —  Runde Strasse 7


Bavarian restaurant.


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About Hanover

Hanover is not a typical European city. Don't expect to see beautiful centuries-old buildings; the city was one of the hardest hit during World War II, leaving it with only a few historical landmarks. Even the Old City (Altstadt) area is "new"; all the old houses left standing after the war (around 40) were taken from throughout the city and collected in one place. This area is surrounded by some 1950's and 1960's buildings that give a somewhat heavy atmosphere to the streets. However, there still are several residential neighborhoods consisting of late-19th-century housing stock with often elaborate historicist (Victorian) and Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) decorations just outside the downtown area, such as Oststadt, List or Linden.

Hanover has large green areas, with forests and big parks. The landscape is mostly flat, with the river Leine going through the city. The lake Masch (Maschsee) is rather spectacular, considering its size as a man-made object.

The city had a special relationship to the late French artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. She had several of her works in public spots in Hanover (i.e., "the Nanas", "the Cave" in the Great Garden) and also in the Sprengel Museum. To honor her contribution to Hanover, she was granted an honorary citizenship from the city government. Moreover, the recently renovated "underground" shopping passageway from the central station to Kröpcke was named "The Niki de Saint-Phalle Promenade". Hanover's public services are excellent, due to major reconstruction for the World EXPO 2000. The shopping area under the train station was renovated in 2005-2006 in preparation for the World Cup.

Source: wikivoyage