Saturday, September 7, 2013

Hannover: What to see

Cultural diversity, top universities, location for science, exciting tourist attractions - this is Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony.

Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

The Herrenhausen Gardens are an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture that ranks among the most important historical gardens in Europe.

Botanical treasures and a world-famous orchid collection.

City Centre
When you walk out of Hannover Central Station towards Ernst August Platz you are almost in the middle of Hannover's city centre. The centre is rather large for a city of half a million. It has grown over the centuries between the old town down by the river, the Aegidientor in the west, the Steintor in the east and the Central Station.

The Marktkirche - the church at the market place - was built in the 14th century


Maschsee Lake
One of the city's most popular destinations and recreational areas

The Old Town
Half-timbered buildings, museums and sights in Hanover's old core

The deer park of Hannover - one if its most popular attractions. The 112 hectares of this recreational forest are inhabited by a large number of wild animals, making it one of Hannover's most popular attractions. From the beginning it was not the production of wood, but hunting and the beauty of the wild animals and the forest that stood in the foreground. Thanks to this attitude a very old tree population could develop, creating a scenery of rare beauty and serenity.

The Old Town Hall
A historical building dating back to 1500 a.d.The old Town Hall was built over a period of more than 100 years. The earliest part (from 1410) overlooks the Schmiedestrasse (Blacksmith Street), the later wing next to the market was erected on the foundations of the 13th century trade hall. The adjacent wing in the Koebelinger Str. is called the "Chemists' Wing ("Apothekenfl├╝gel"), because it was the location of the Town Hall's pharmacy. This wing was later rebuilt in Italian Romanesque style, after a citizen's "action group" led by a well known neo-Gothic architect, Conrad Wilhelm Hase, managed to save the entire building from demolition in 1844. Hase was subsequently commissioned to renovate the remaining wings in their original style of 1500, with its exceptional gothic gables and the ornamental frieze.

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