9–12 September 2020 • Hannover, Germany
Hannover – A welcoming city full of surprises
The green capital of Lower Saxony is home to half a million people and hosts international trade fairs as well as the world’s biggest Marksmen’s Fair. Hannover is a vibrant city that wins over all visitors with its diversity and love for detail!
One of Hannover’s charming special features is its big city lake right in the centre! This beautiful lake called Maschsee is a true haven of rest and the number one destination for a peaceful Sunday stroll. Cafes, restaurants and beer gardens make the Maschsee a unique social meeting point where visitors can rent a pedal boat or enjoy a ride on the ship.
An absolute must-see are the famous Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, one of Europe’s most beautiful and best-preserved baroque gardens with its recently rebuilt palace. The garden’s modern grotto lets visitors literally stand within a grand piece of contemporary art by late artist Niki de Saint Phalle, with mirrors, intense colours, mosaics and sculptures. Also designed by the artist are the “Nanas”, three sculptures adding a splash of colour to the embankment of the river Leine, well-loved by the locals and a trademark of Hannover today. Each Saturday this is also the location of the oldest running flea market in Germany.
The scenic historic city centre is home to many beautiful listed buildings and has the impressive Market Church at its heart. A stone’s throw away is the grand market hall, which offers international delicacies and is a lovely place to stop for Italian cappuccino and a roll with Parma ham. From there you can walk to the extensive pedestrian shopping mile, home to many modern boutiques. It leads towards the busy train station and the famous musical manhole, something you really have to see!
Here you will also find the new Ernst-August-Gallery, a modern, airy shopping mall that caters to every shopper’s need. Around the corner are the opera house and the Theatre of Lower Saxony, both internationally renowned for ground-breaking performances.
Around 25 kilometres from Hannover is the fabulous neo-gothic Marienburg Castle, dating back to the 17th century. Outside the city borders is the Steinhuder Meer, a lake of 32 square kilometres and the biggest stretch of inland water in Germany’s North-West. A popular destination for a day trip to swim and enjoy the extensive Nature Reserve!
Hannover and its region truly have a lot to offer, whatever the season! Come and enjoy this special place in the heart of Germany!