You can discover numerous sights in Hannover! Here we have put together 7 highlights.
The Nanas by Niki de Saint Phalle
There are some remarkably colourful works of art situated on the banks of the River Leibniz which never fail to catch the eye: they are the curvaceous Nana figures by the sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. Her sculptures helped to draw attention to the aims of the feminist movement during the 1960s. The shapely, larger-than-life and gaily coloured Nanas represent the confident and erotic woman. The prominent position the sculptures occupy along the river bank sparked vehement protests in Hanover, however, residents finally decided to keep the beloved statues. A number of the statues have been named after famous Hanoverians, such as Electress Sophie of Hanover, the object of Goethe’s affections Charlotte Buff and the astronaut Caroline Herschel.
The New Town Hall
The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is one of Hanover’s major landmarks. It is a relatively new building and was officially opened in 1913. The building was constructed in the style of a palace in the elaborate architectural style characteristic of the Wilhelmina period. It is the seat of Hanover’s mayor and the city’s administration departments. The New Town Hall’s domed roof is 97.73 metres high, including its gilded spire. You can take a trip up to the viewing platform on the “diagonal lift”, which is the only lift of its kind in the world. It is well worth the effort as you can enjoy a fantastic bird’s-eye view over Hanover and the surrounding area from this lofty position. </p><p>Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, it is not possible to visit the New Town Hall or take a trip up the tower.
Sometimes the hustle and bustle in the city just gets too much. Why not take a trip to Lake Maschsee? Even though this place of natural beauty is located right in the middle of city, it is a great place to enjoy peace and relaxation. The lake is just under 0.8 square kilometres and offers opportunities for swimming, boating and plenty of paths for leisurely walks. It is an artificial lake that was constructed in 1934 and is the largest waterway in Hanover.
Ballhofplatz Square in the old town
Hanover’s old town is known for its charming timber-framed houses. The Ballhofplatz and its attractive fountain is a delightful place to visit in the heart of the city. The Ballhof Theatre is used to stage youth theatre productions. Visitors to the square frequently get the chance to see various artistic productions. The Ballhof was built between 1649 and 1664 and used to be a sports hall. It was later used as an assembly hall.
Do you fancy taking a leisurely stroll in the centre of Hanover just like a king from the Baroque era? Travel back in time at the Herrenhausen Gardens and find out what life was like at a Baroque palace and in its parkland. The Great Garden (Grosser Garten) was constructed in 1666 and forms the historical heart of the Herrenhausen Gardens. It is flanked by the botanical Berggarten and the George Gardens which are both laid out in the English landscape style. Herrenhausen Palace was reopened in 2013 and visitors can now gain an insight into the lives of its former occupants from the royal House of Welf.
Do you like the idea of meeting all kinds of fascinating wild creatures from all over the world in just one day? Then the Hanover Adventure Zoo is the place for you! Watch the seals and polar bears as they dive and frolic in the water. Take a boat trip down the Zambezi and experience the sights and sounds of the African Savannah. Or visit the Canadian wilderness and get close up to the wolves of Yukon Bay. There are approximately 2,000 animals to see in seven different animal kingdoms that simulate their natural habitats. The zoo was opened in 1865, making it one of the oldest zoos in Germany.
A visit to Marienburg Castle will transport you to a fairy tale world. The well-preserved castle was the former summer residence of the Welfs and was owned by the family until 2018. It is located approximately 20 kilometres south of Hanover. Visitors can take a look around the castle’s kitchen and the library. A guided tour around the castle’s grounds or a trip up the main tower are also well worth the effort. Guided tours are currently not available as the number of visitors is limited. This is being controlled by a check-in system. There are separate entrances and exits as well as a one-way system for the circular tours to ensure that social distancing can be safely observed.