Hannover, city of sports
Top of the league
In all the most popular sports, Hannover is well-represented by first-class teams: emotions invariably run high when the players of Hannover 96, a top football team, make a run for the goal in the HDI Arena, which saw FIFA World Cup action in 2006. The TSV Hannover-Burgdorf handball team guarantees unbeatable thrills and spills when it plays in the Swiss Life Hall. Sports fans can also enjoy top-level water polo, rugby and hockey matches in Hannover. From April to October, thoroughbreds race for the finishing line at Neue Bult Langenhagen, one of the most modern racecourses in Germany. Hannover offers superb conditions for hosting major sports events, a fact that is evident every year. Examples include the German Classics top-notch equestrian event, the Velo Challenge cycle race and the Hannover Marathon, which attracts national and international contestants.
Anyone can join in
Hannover’s amateur sports fans can also rightly claim to be in the top league: the city has around 750 sports clubs with more than 100,000 members. Four out of five Hanoverians do an hour of sport of some kind at least once a week, according to a survey conducted by the University of Osnabrück, which pronounced Hannover to be Germany’s most sporty city! From aikido to water-skiing, those keen to get moving will find exactly the right sport for them, whether in one of the numerous clubs or at a gym, on the shores of Maschsee Lake or through the city forest of Eilenriede. Among the most popular events are the triathlon competitions held around Maschsee Lake and in the city’s Limmer district with its river and canals plus a series of night-time events for inline skaters. And just outside the city, a lake in Garbsen (Blauer See) provides wakeboarding and wakeskating fans a chance to perform their spectacular jumps and tricks. Golf enthusiasts will find a number of clubs in Hannover Region where they can pitch and putt in beautiful scenery in return for a reasonable green fee. With a treetop course of wire ropes at heights of up to 20 metres, the high ropes course in Springe is ideal for a private day out or management training event. Visitors to the SeaTree Climbing and Adventure Park in Mardorf at Lake Steinhude have to perform thrilling balancing acts between 27 climbing points along courses with three different levels of difficulty.