Destinations / City Breaks / Hanover
Hanover (or Hannover), located in northern Germany, is the capital of Lower Saxony. A major commercial city, perched on the river Leine, Hanover has national importance due to its strategic position at the crossing point of railways and Autobahnen (motorways) which connect to various parts of mainland Europe. The international airport at Hanover is extremely busy and carries lots of business travellers for the many fairs and exhibitions which the city hosts and equally, tourists come in their droves for the historical and cultural aspects of city life.
Hanover is especially famous for its zoo which is deemed one of the most spectacular and best in Europe, featuring many themed "areas"., so a holiday in Hanover can be very relaxing and laid back. Plenty of green spaces make Hanover holidays a thoroughly enjoyable venue and most notable are the Herrenhausen Garten (gardens) which are a study in magnificent Baroque splendour, often likened to a mini Versailles.
The Hanover Fairground is the largest exhibition centre in the world with the Hermes Tower and EXPO roof, which is the largest wooden roof in the world. CeBIt Information & Technology Fair is world renowned, so the world of communications has a hub in the city. So holidays in Hanover will never be dull or boring for geeks and nerds!
The Altstadt or Old Town has immense appeal as the narrow lanes and meandering streets of this ancient part of Hanover are strikingly picturesque and very quaint indeed. Despite heaving bombing in WW11, much of the area has been restored and some of the red brick Gothic buildings originate in the 15th century. For a touch of culture, the Sprengel Museum is held in high regard. Home to some famous works of art with international significance, the building itself is superbly designed.
A holiday in Hanover holds many attractions, both for the leisure and business traveller, so for a quick city break, a leisurely few days sightseeing or efficient business trip, Hanover is a great choice for a holiday in Germany.