The Handy Guide To Hanover
Hanover (spelled Hannover in German) is now considered to be one of Germany’s wealthiest cities and has been transformed following its destruction during World War Two. While much of its original structures were victim to the bombs of Allies in the 1940’s, some medieval highlights from the Old Town have remained. This vibrant city is now an exciting combination of ancient and modern and has become a prime German tourist destination.
Situated on the bank of River Leine, Hanover combines the best of the past with some of the most exciting elements and architecture of the future. It offers an abundance of parkland, a large zoo and a wide range of museums and art galleries. One of the most notable things about the city is its incredible street art that litters the city. Many of its fountains, roundabout and bus stops feature some form of creativity and artistry. Here are our picks of the best tourist spots to explore should Hanover be on your list of travel destinations…
Marktplatz and the Marktkirche
Hanover’s Marktplatz is in the centre of its Old Town, where you will see the bulk of the city’s historic buildings. This area also plays host to a fabulous Christmas market and is a wonderful place to go to during the festive period. A very notable attraction to this part of town has to be Marktkirche, or Market Church, which stands majestically with its 97 metre high tower and dates back to the 14th century.
The New Town Hall
Hanover’s New Town Hall was built between the years of 1901 and 1913 in the Wilhelmine period style. This building is one of the most interesting and impressive structures and has a domed viewing tower that rises up almost 100 metres off the ground and dominated the city skyline. The views from the town hall are some of the best in the city.
The Maschsee is a man-made lake and can be found in the heart of Hanover. It is the city’s largest and busiest sporting and recreation areas and is as popular with boating enthusiasts as it is with swimmers. The lake is a grand and beautiful place to go for a stroll or picnic and can make for a great romantic date.
Hanover Adventure Zoo
The Hanover Adventure Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in Germany and ws founded I 1865. It has since been remodelled to resemble that of a theme park which has certainly worked to its favour as over half a million people visit the zoo every year. It’s a great destination all year round and offers Christmas and winter themed activities as well as a petting zoo area and rides.
On the other side of the city you can find the wonderful forest of Eilenriede, which covers an area of 1,600 acres. The huge recreation area is the largest inner-city forest area in Europe and contains many footpaths and open playing fields. Adjoining it is also the Tiergarten which was laid out in 1679 as a hunting park and is filled with red deer, wild horses and even wild pigs!
Be sure to take renew or apply your EHIC card if you’re heading to Hanover or any European destination. It will ensure you qualify for free or highly discounted medical care should you ever require it whilst visiting Europe.