Welcome to Hannover!
Nature and tranquillity – but with the benefits of a big city thrown in! Germany's greenest city offers the best of both worlds with its city forests, parks and attractive recreation areas. Thus urban vitality and environment friendliness go hand in hand in the capital city of Lower Saxony. The city's climate protection plan and mobility concepts ensure that building/housing projects and transport systems are managed in a way that is energy efficient and saves resources.
Hannover enjoys an international reputation as a trade fair and convention venue. The Hannover Messe – an eye-catching example of modern architecture – is the biggest exhibition centre in the world, with more than 460,000 square metres of covered indoor space and 58,000 square metres of outdoor grounds. As the venue for CeBIT, HANNOVER MESSE and the EMO trade fair, the 26 halls and pavilions become a showcase for technological innovation every year. Hannover also offers a range of outstanding locations for conventions and conferences.
Hannover boasts a wide variety of higher education and research institutions offering first-rate scientific study in a comprehensive range of disciplines. The city is home to approximately 37,000 students, including 6,000 from abroad, as well as internationally acclaimed institutions. With more than 65,000 employees and upwards of 3,000 companies, the healthcare industry is Hannover's no.1 growth market.
Fascinating exhibits, exquisite collections and spectacular exhibitions – Hannover is known throughout Germany as a city of museums. The State Opera and State Theatre both occupy leading positions in international rankings. The theatres offer an impressive choice of entertainment, ranging from drama to opera, ballet to musical and variety/comedy.
The Hannover region stands out as an innovative industrial base, services industry centre and trading hub for national and international markets. It is also one of Germany's most important locations for the insurance sector. In terms of spending power, turnover and convenience of location, Hannover is one of the most successful retail trade locations in Germany.
Herrenhausen Gardens are Hannover’s most famous attraction and have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for more than 300 years. Today, around half a million visitors a year enjoy the flair of this Great Garden, which can rightly claim to be one of the best preserved in the whole of Europe. It also boasts the Herrenhausen Castle. The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen are also famous for their very diverse programme of events. The Berggarten next door is also very well worth a visit – this outstanding botanical garden boasts around 12,000 different species of plants.