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(German: Hannover, French: Hanovre), is the capital of Lower Saxony
(Niedersachsen) in Germany.
a huge exhibition complex built for the World EXPO in 2000 and being host
of several biggest exhibitions in the world, Hanover calls herself the
"EXPO City" or "Exhibition City" (EXPO Stadt/Messestadt). Hanover was also
one of the host cities of the football World Cup 2006. The major language
spoken is German. English is not common, except during CeBIT or major international
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 the 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.
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
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 football World Cup 2006.
Kröpcke is a large pedestrian
area in the heart of Hanover. It is Hanover's major shopping spot and has
lots of eating possibilities. The underground tram station is the crossing
point of all underground trams. Two tram lines that never go underground
(10, 17) ran nearby (stops at 'Hauptbahnhof' or 'Steintor'). There is a
big green clock in Kröpcke (KröpckeUhr) which serves as a meeting
point. The Opera House is also located here.
Attractions and things
Garden of Herrenhausen (Herrenhäuser Gärten). 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. Getting There: By tram, go to stop named "Herrenhauser Garten".
By car, "Herrenhauser Str. 4, 30419".
Castle Marienburg (Schloss
Marienburg). Marienburg 1, 30982 Pattensen (20km south of Hanover). Daily
10AM-6PM, April to November. €4.50 adult, €3 7-16, €2 up
Sea Life. Herrenhäuser
Straße 4a (Tram 4 or 5, stop: Herrenhäuser Gärten) Is open
from 10am daily. For exact opening times, call +49-511- 123300 , [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Hannover Zoo is
very modern and supposed to be one of the best in Europe. The ticket is
pricey but should be worth for a whole day of fun. Day tickets cost €18.
City Hall (Neues Rathaus).
See the models of Hanover at four different points in history: 1600s, 1939,
1945, and 2000, and then go to the dome.
The Nanas, at the Leibnizufer.
Giant sculptures made by Niki de Saint Phalle.
University of Hannover.
The main building was the winter palace of the Kings of Hannover. (The
summer palace was in the Great Garden complex. However, it was destroyed
during the World War II. Now only one wall remains.)
Leibniz House, in Holzmarkt
near the Historical Museum. The house where Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz lived
during the later part of his life.
City park (Stadtpark), Theodor-Heuss-Platz
1-3 (Tram 10, direction Zoo, stop: Congress Centrum/Stadthalle.). This
is worth visiting on a nice sunny day. Good place to relax with a good
book. This is a favourite place of the elderly people, that is why this
is a great hideaway from the crowded city center.
149. A 112 hectares of recreational forest.
List, a residential area
not so far from the Central Station. This area is popular among students
and it has a nice pedestrian areas with some small interesting shops.
Eilenriede. 650 hectares
of city forest, very unique considering its size and locataion in the middle
of the city.
Home of Baron Munchhausen
in Bodenwerder - a village not far from Hannover (about 20 km south-east
The Tourism Office (nearby
Central Station), 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 everytime a number on the red line is encountered.
Walk or jog around the Maschsee,
especially in the summer. In a (rare) very cold winter, the surface of
the lake will be frozen and thick enough for ice skating. Make sure to
join thousands of people there during this not-so-often time.
Many museums (including the
Landesmuseum, the Historical Museum, and the Kestner Museum) can be visited
for free on Friday.
/ Hannover Featured Hotels
Sprengel Museum, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz,
(any tram to Aegidientorplatz then walk 10 min to the direction of the
lake, or Bus 131 from Kröpcke to stop Maschsee/Sprengel Museum) +49-511-16843875,
fax +49-511-16845093. Tu 10AM-8PM, W-Su 10AM-6PM. Should not be missed
by modern art lovers. Hosted a great number of art objects from the modern
era (20th century). Objects include works from Picasso, Paul Klee, Niki
de Saint-Phalle. €7 (adults), €4 (students, seniors, unemployed).
in Georgengarten, within the Great Garden (Tram 4 or 5 (Direction Garbsen/Stöcken)
to stop Wilhelm-Busch Museum). Tu-F 11AM–5PM, Sa/Su/holiday 11AM–6PM. This
museum hosts the unique collection of Busch’s work and other's satirical
and humorous art. It is respected as the German Museum of Caricature and
Critical Graphic Arts. €4.50, €10 family, €2.50 reduced.
Bleekstraße 22, +49-511-52470. The museum hosts objects showing how
blind people have been educated between 1843 and today. Free admission,
but open only by appointment.
3, (Bus 131/132 stop: Aegidientorplatz, Bus 120 stop: Friedrichswall/Culemannstraße,
Bus 250 stop: Bleichenstraße), +49-511-16842120. Tu/Th-Su 11AM-6PM,
W 11AM-8PM. Objects include ones from ancient Egyptian, Roman and Greek
from the Middle Ages to the present times. €3.
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Western Nordic Hotel Ambiente Hannover
Be our guest in the Best
Western Nordic Hotel Ambiente and enjoy our warm and familiar atmosphere.
Our bright and tastefully furnished rooms are each individually designed,
differing in colour, decoration, style and atmosphere. Use this comfort
to unwind and relax after an eventful day. Our restaurant 'Ciao Ciao' spoils
you with Italian delicacies. Thanks to the central and convenient location
of the hotel you can easily reach all points of interest. It takes only
10 minutes to the city centre, as well as to the airport, in just five
minutes you can reach the Autobahn A2 or the A7. Our main priority is for
our guests to feel completely comfortable.
Western Premier Parkhotel Kronsberg Hannover
Best Western Premier Parkhotel
Kronsberg is located in Hannover, close to Hannover Fairground and Expo
Park. Additional area points of interest include AWD Arena and Schutzenplatz.
Dining options at Best Western Premier Parkhotel Kronsberg include a restaurant
and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational
amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam
room. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms and beauty services.
Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas
(surcharges apply). The property has designated areas for smoking.
Close to Expo Park, this
Hannover hotel is situated in the suburbs. Another nearby attraction is
Hannover Fairground. Dining options at Copthorne Hotel Hannover include
a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and
a steam room. This 4.5-star property has a business center and offers small
meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The
property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café,
multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands.
by Marriott Hannover Maschsee
Courtyard by Marriott Hannover
Maschsee is a business-friendly hotel located in central Hannover, close
to Maschsee, New Town Hall, and Schutzenplatz. Additional points of interest
include AWD Arena and Marktkirche. Dining options at Courtyard by Marriott
Hannover Maschsee include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities
include a health club and a sauna. This 4.0-star property has a 24-hour
business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment.
Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas
(surcharges apply). Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional
property amenities include a coffee shop/café, barbecue grills,
and gift shops/newsstands.
Inn Hotel Hannover Airport
Situated 200 metres away
from the Hannover Airport, Holiday Inn is approximately 15 minutes drive
from the city centre. The Museum of Lower Saxony, Horse Racing, Opera and
theatre as well as the golf course are nearby the property. This
hotel boasts 211 comfortable and spacious bedrooms that are tastefully
decorated and come with an array of modern amenities. Begin your
day with a sumptuous breakfast buffet and later taste international and
regional specialities at the onsite Prasserie Restaurant. The Sonderbar
is an ideal place to chill out with an exotic drink, after a tiring day.
Health conscious guests can avail the services of the gymnasium, swimming
pool as well as sauna..
Loccumer Hof Hannover
This hotel is located in
Hannover. Opera House and Marktkirche are area attractions. Additional
attractions include New Town Hall. Dining options at Hotel Loccumer Hof
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during
limited hours. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, secretarial
services, and a technology helpdesk. Wireless Internet access is available
in public areas. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Wedding
services, limo/town car service, translation services, and tour assistance
are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café,
valet parking, and a concierge desk.
This hotel is located in
Hannover, and Hannover Zoo, Marktkirche, and New Town Hall are area attractions.
Another nearby attraction is Opera House. Dining options at Mercure Atrium
Hannover include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities
include a sauna and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include spa services
and massage/treatment rooms. Wireless Internet access is available in public
areas. Additional property amenities include currency exchange. There are
217 guestrooms at Mercure Atrium Hannover. Bathrooms feature makeup/shaving
mirrors, bathrobes, and hair dryers. Televisions have satellite channels
and pay movies. Rooms also include minibars. Guests may request irons/ironing
boards and wake-up calls.
Hannover Pelikan Hotel
Located in Hannover, Sheraton
Hannover Pelikan Hotel is in the historical district and close to Hannover
Zoo, Marktkirche, and New Town Hall. Nearby points of interest also include
Schutzenplatz and AWD Arena. Dining options at Sheraton Hannover Pelikan
Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna,
and a steam room. The property's full-service health spa has beauty services.
Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property offers
an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available for a surcharge.
Other property amenities at this Art Deco property include multilingual
staff and laundry facilities.