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Hannover - A shopper's paradise

Whether it's a relaxing session of retail therapy or a quick errand – Hannover's great selection of shops, all within easy reach thanks to its compact layout and excellent transport infrastructure, make it a premium-quality shopping destination. The pedestrian precinct is one of the most popular shopping areas in the whole of Germany, and virtually no other city boasts such a high concentration of shopping centres and arcades, specialist stores, restaurants and cafés. Every conceivable retail sector is represented within a radius of just 400 metres.

Hannover is a real shopping paradise. Germany's biggest pedestrian precinct – covering the area between Steintor Plaza, Kröpcke and the main train station – is home to shopping arcades, department stores and specialist shops, and attracts people from far beyond the region. A great all-weather shopping destination full of lifestyle appeal is the Ernst August Galerie with its 150 shops, cafés and restaurants spread over three levels. The Niki de Saint Phalle promenade and the Kröpcke Passage and Galerie Luise arcades also offer a diverse mix of shops and eateries.

Opposite the opera house, luxurious boutiques full of haute couture and elegant jewellery line the exclusive Georgstrasse boulevard: perfect for a leisurely stroll. And for a relaxing shopping experience without any rush, why not try one of the special Sunday trading days, which are also extremely popular in the surrounding regions? Hannover's late-night shopping events are a treat for romantic souls, with outdoor fashion shows, music groups and the odd glass of prosecco providing style and musical inspiration as shoppers wander the city's streets. Shopping in the area around the Marktkirche in Hannover's old town is a particular pleasure, with its half-timbered houses, elegant boutiques, art galleries and traditional bars.

Another gem in this area is the flea market by the river Leine: a Saturday event not to be missed! And just around the corner, you will find the 'Stomach of Hannover', the city's famous Market Hall with virtually everything under the sun: from fruit, seafood and bread to flowers – and even the daily paper. It's the perfect place to taste specialities from all around the world, or simply to relax with friends over a cappuccino.

Outside the city centre, shopping streets such as Lister Meile, Limmerstrasse and Lindener Markt are full of character and offer a myriad of special shopping and dining outlets. And outside the city itself, the region's smaller towns such as Wedemark, Burgdorf, Neustadt, Barsinghausen and Wunstorf offer a surprisingly rich variety of shopping experiences and the chance to combine this with a spot of sightseeing or a mini-break in the countryside.