Capital of the German state Lower Saxony and the country’s thirteenth largest city, Hannover is one of those places which can be termed as a traveller’s paradise. There are some incredible attractions to visit and great things to do in Hannover, which are enough to turn your trip to an unforgettable venture. Hence, if you want to make the most of Hannover trip, then indulging in these things is a must.
Here’s a list of some of the best things to do, during your trip to Hannover, Germany.
#1 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 1330 times in trip plans
Adenauerallee 3, 30175 Hannover, Germany
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This incredible zoo’s faced quite a number of problems: poor management, WWI, WWII, frequent ownership transfer and debt crises. Fed up, they finally threw $110 million at it and now the amount of fun you’ll have here is enough to leave you with brain damage.
It’s divided into 7 distinct themes:
Zambezi: For the African Savannah with it’s own river ride and trading post
Gorilla Mountain: The apes are found at the end of a deeply informative evolution diorama.
Yukon Bay: The glory of Canada with wolves, prairie dos and bison.
Jungle Palace: Indian exotica with elephants, tigers, leopards and snakes.
Outback: Australia’s kangaroos, emus, wombats and the Pub-themed aviary.
Mullewap: Where kids can get up close and personal with the animals.
The winter snow and ice add whole lot of Christmassy activity! The best part about this zoo is that instead of outrightly defined zones, it seems to take you from world to world.
#2 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 1330 times in trip plans
Am Maschpark, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
07:15 am - 06:00 pm
When their original castle at this site got damaged by the war, the city wasn’t going to take it lying down. Over a series of renoations and rebuildings, the castle has once again got it’s fairy-tale-esque look, beautiful from the inside and the outside. The architectural style applied here is best described as eclectic, a flourish of many different sty;es that work to gether to create something grand. So why visit this beautiful building? Well, one, there is always some exhibitions of art or crafts going on; two, there’s a permanent display of four city models that track the development of Hannover; and three, the elevator, unique for having a curve to it’s path up near the dome (impressively, it was built a hundred years ago.) And oh, four, for the 100-metre high view of the city from the dome.
#3 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 1121 times in trip plans
Herrenhauserstrasse 4, 30419 Hannover, Germany
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
As pretty up close as they are from the air, the Baroque Great Garden, the Botanical Berggarten, and the EnglishGeorgengarten and the Welfengarten are tremendous landscaping achievements.
The Great Garden: 50 acres of green geometrical triumph, the garden holds a number of small festivals throughout the year as well as a magnificent fireworks festival in summer. Theatrical and musical performances are the norm too. There’s an enchantingly pretty and intricately decorated grotto here decorated with crystal, minerals, glass and seashells.
The Beerggarten (Mountain Garden): An ugly duckling (vegetable garden) turned into a swan (exotic conservatory), this place once used to be the site of experimental tobacco and silkworm breeding. It’s got a marvellous collection of palms and there’s also a tropical greenhouse.
The Georgengarten: a mile long alley of lime trees furnished with ponds, streams, a temple to Gottfried Leibniz, a caricature museum (with it’s own hours) and lots of pretty bridges. People watching here is fantastic when students from the nearby university take to the lawns.
Welfengarten: The beautiful grounds of the University if Hanover.
#4 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 992 times in trip plans
Maschee Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (Mitte)
Hey, an artificial lake in the middle of the city! That’s always fun. It took the city three years to build it and it made the public very happy by creating jobs in a time of Depression (yes, this was the early 1930s). Now, the place is one of the city’s favourite retreats. A festival called Maschseefest (literally Swampfest) is held in the summer for a couple of weeks with much cabaret, cuisine and cannonplay (fireworks actually, but close enough). Boat clubs operate rowing and sailing fun in the summer; there’s a pretty little artificial beach at the south end; a 6 km long jogging track, cycle track circles the area, (skaters use it too); and when the city says its safe in winter, the people take to the ice for some serious hockey and skating. Also, no such place would be complete without some strange looking modern art so the Lion Bastion, the Hellebardier, Putto on the Fish and the Swimmer are posted around the park to creep you out. Seriously, they look creepy.
#5 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 847 times in trip plans
Kurt-Schwitters-Platz, 30169 Hannover, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
From the outside and from the inside, this building is as space age looking a it gets. Showcasing most the works of Bernhard Sprengel, the museum is austere yet grand in its exhibition of terrific modern art, with paintings from practically every great name in the business (Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Emil Nolde and Max Beckmann) thrown in. The collection continues to grow. It collects more than painting though. Sculpture, drawings, and photographs are just as carefully curated.
#6 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 828 times in trip plans
Osterstraße, 30159 Hannover, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
It’s when you come close to this standard looking church when you see how battered beyond repair it is. Then you realise its not a church, but a memorial, left to stand as it was after the Allies had bombed it in WWII. There’s an austere grace to the place; it’s a lot more beautiful in death than it probably was in life. There’s no organization looking over it now, just tourists walking through its ruins. There’s a bell here, the Peace Bell, donated by the Japanese in commemoration of the bomb that fell on Hiroshima. There’s beautiful statue call Humbleness.
#7 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 789 times in trip plans
Marienberg 1, Pattensen b Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Just about 30 minutes south of Hannover is a castle to break your hearts. Straight out of a fairy tale, this Gothic Revival wonder is named for Queen Marie, beloved of King George V, the last king of Hannover. They could have used this place as a stand in for Hogwarts, what with its many turrets, battlements and towers. This is the place to immerse yourself in Hanoverian Court life history, traipsing from room to magnificent room. If you can time it right, you might get to visit Hannover castle during a musical concert, which it hosts frequently. Want a wedding to trump all weddings? You can have yours at the chapel here. If you take the castle tour, you get to go up to the tower; from a height of 44 metres, the view of the forest is incredible.
#8 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 704 times in trip plans
Osterstraße, 30159 Hannover, Germany
09:00 am - 07:00 pm
The Church of the Marketplace… not a church name you hear very often. This Lutheran House is popular for its late Medieval wooden altar with carvings of the passion of the Christ and scenes from the lives of patron saints Saint George and Saint James; a big organ made out of parts of older organs; and a carillon of eleven bells. It’s visible from so many spots in Hannover that if you’re ever lost in the city, just walk towards it and you’ll soon find your bearings. This church too was bombed to pieces and they build it right back up from the rubble. Rudyard Kipling would have been proud (think poem ‘If’).
#9 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 627 times in trip plans
Herrenhauser Strasse 4A, 30419 Hannover, Germany
10:00 am - 05:30 pm
A very standard aquarium, the place nevertheless has covered it’s basics: sharks, octopus, rays, piranhas and turtles. If you’re in Hannover, and you’ve nothing else to do, sure, this place is worth a visit, but there are better aquariums around the world. A common complaint among visitors is that it’s way too overprices for the experience. Another complaint is that the place is too small for the large crowd it draws and so the visit can become irritating. Still, the tanks are thematically differentiated.
#10 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 819 times in trip plans
Eirlenriede, Hannover, Germany
Just say the word… Eilenriede. Sounds like something straight out of a Tolkine novel doesn’t it. So when I tell you it’s a forest, there’s no way you’re not imagining tree-leaping elves with bow-and-arrows slung across their back, being awesome like nobody’s business. Cradling the south of Hannover, this 6 km long wood has about 130 kilometres of trails for you to cycle, jog, walk or carry out séances and pagan rituals in (it really does look like something straight out of a Saxon folktale. It a good to get lost in whether in summer or winter.
#12 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 468 times in trip plans
Pferdestrasse 6, 30159 Hannover
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The museum is pretty straightforward; it tells Hannover’s story over the last 750 years through a combination of artefacts, historical oddities, documents, portrait of rulers and other important people, flags and medals and a lot of other stuff besides. Some minor exhibitions focus on particular themes and times, highlighting a particular part of the city’s history as unique from the rest. The first floor focuses in the evolution of Hannover from a medieval cettlement to the city it is today and the second floor on Hannover’s rural life.
#13 of 23 Things to do in Hannover | Added 596 times in trip plans
Georgengarten, 30167 Hannover, Germany
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Ever been in a museum that’s collected almost nothing but satirical art? Caricatures by Wilhelm abound at this quirky attractions, and other collectors and artists saw fit to grace this place with their own works. With art that covers a period of the last four centuries, aside from Wilhelm’s work, the museum also owns:
Paul Flora, 370 works
Hanns Erich Kohler, 4,383 works
Volker Kriegel, over 700 works
Friedrich Karl Waechter, 3,400 works
Ronald Searle, 2,200 works
The museum also hosts travelling exhibitions around this same theme and some of these have included Walt Disney and Herge.
This is a large pedestrian area in the heart of Hannover and is also Hannover’s major shopping spot. It is home to the Opera house and many eateries in the city. There is a big green clock here which is an ideal meeting point for most people in the city.
This is a modern zoo also deemed one of Europe’s best zoos. It is home to about 2000 animals from all over the world. The tickets are a bit pricey but for a whole day of animal fun, they are worth it. The zoo is open all year round. Phone Number :- 0511 28074-163
This is one of the oldest clubs in the city but has been revamped several times to keep up with modern times. It boasts a 90 meter square dance floor for all eager dancers to dance the night away. Phone Number :- +49 511 6422785
This is a corner restaurant and pub offering large portions of German, French and Moroccan inspired food. It is run by the owner and the staffis warm, friendly and welcoming. The décor is made up of stuffed crocodiles on the roof. Phone Number :- +49 511 2153979
The guesthouse is surrounds the hiking paradise in the Deister Natural Park. It is a good base for visitors coming to view the Hannover Exhibition Centre. Single, double and triple rooms are offered as well as suites and breakfast is included at reasonable prices. Phone Number :- +49 5105 5273 ext. 0
The hotel offers private suites with small kitchenettes, standard rooms, free Wi-Fi, a tv and video. Guests receive free massages on Thursdays. Amenities include a fitness center. The hotel is centrally located behind the central station. It is a bit pricey though. Phone Number :- +49 511 374500
This is a hostel and is located close to the forest. It is suitable for visitors who want some peace and quiet. It is only 10 minutes’ walk to the train station. Bedding and breakfast is offered at very low prices for a budget traveler. Phone Number :- +49 511 38391 ext. 0
This is one of the popular eat outs in the city and patrons dine in a high-ceiling, brick-domed room creating a medieval setting yet maintaining a modern and contemporary look. The menu is fresh and is changed every three weeks. Meals are tasty but pricey. Phone Number :- +49 511 622 ext. 636
This is a small and cozy restaurant and wine bar in the same building. The food is great and the food portions are large- the price is reasonable too. It offers sea food, meat and vegetarian dishes. There are seats inside and outside. Phone Number :- +49 511 590 ext. 1111
This is a franchised restaurant and is found in several cities within Germany. They serve burgers, pizzas and wraps at reasonable prices. If traveling with a large group, it is best to make reservations. Phone Number :- +49 511 363 ext. 1274