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A historic city on the River Leine, Hanover charms visitors with its world-class galleries and museums, heritage sites, and quaint lifestyle. No wonder it is a sought-after place for a holiday. Points of interests like Herrenhausen Gardens, Old Town and Eilenriede make for a delightful exploration. Being the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony means that the city is an important cultural and commercial centre. Naturally, there is no dearth of recreational and entertainment avenues here. Renting a car in Hanover for the duration of your stay is a good way to discover the nooks and crannies of the city.

It's your choice: Where to go in Hanover

The Hanover Airport is well connected to every major city in Europe. It is the ninth largest airport in the country, and holidaymakers can find many flights to Hanover from London, as well as other cities in the United Kingdom. There has been a rise in people taking flights to Hanover in the past few years as the city continues to climb the popularity charts as far as leisurely holidays are concerned. Once in Hanover, you can travel around the city via public transport or rent a car, the latter is a more convenient and flexible option. It usually takes about 20 minutes to reach the downtown from the airport. Cars can be parked in the various car parks located in the city. Driving on the autobahn and exploring the nearby picturesque villages and towns has its own fun.

Things to do in Hanover

Old Town is home to many of the city’s main attractions. The neoclassical style state parliament building called Leineschloss has an impressive facade. The 17th-century Ballhof, the city’s finest half-timbered building gives a glimpse into the recreational activities people enjoyed in the days of yore, such as shuttlecock and battledore. Today, it houses the Lower Saxony State Theatre, which is the best place to enjoy opera, jazz and pop concerts. Right in the Old Town’s centre is the lovely Marktplatz that continues to attract people with its line-up of shops selling pretty things, as it did four centuries ago. The Old Town is also the place to find some of the best boutique hotels in Hanover Germany. The magnificent Town Hall, constructed on a base of 6,026 beech piles, is another marvel. This place has a 100-metre high dome tower from where visitors can get a spectacular view of Hanover and its skyline. The breathtaking Herrenhausen Gardens is a charming English-style park where you can admire pretty orchids. The palace inside the garden houses a museum that displays the Baroque era documents and artefacts of the city. You can rent a car in Hanover for a day or two, if not for the entire duration of your holiday, to cover all the attractions.

Important info about Hanover

The city has vast green areas with huge parks and forests. The river Leine goes through the city, however, the landscape comprises mostly of flat land. Taking a stroll along the banks of the river is an enjoyable activity. Some of the most notable landmarks of the city, such as the Leine Castle, are also located on the banks. The Lake Maschsee, an artificial water reservoir right in the centre of the city, makes for a gorgeous attraction. It is popular with swimmers, boaters and those who want to go sailing. Many pathways circle the lake and the area around is also perfect for cosy picnics and creating memorable moments. During winters, the frozen lakes make for the ideal place to indulge in ice hockey and skating. Renting a car in Hanover to access the beautiful spots is a practical option.

Weather in Berlin
Country Germany
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +49

Good to know

The regular driving rules of Germany apply in Hanover too. If you are 18 years and above, then you can legally drive in Hanover with a foreign driver’s licence. If you have a valid UK driving licence e. g. , then you do not need an International Driving Permit. The British driver’s licence is valid in the entire country and there is no limit to the number of days you are allowed to drive here. Renting a car requires your passport and a major credit card. You must remember that the country follows the right-hand drive. The Autobahns are basically high-speed motorways where the speed limits vary from 80 to 130 km/h. The roads in Germany are categorised from unpaved to Autobahn. County and community link roads, which join towns, have two lanes. State roads, which connect larger towns are labelled with ST or L. The Federal roads have two to four lanes and are marked by numbers starting with B.

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What to taste in Hanover

No holiday in Hanover would be complete without gorging on some local, delicious culinary delights. The locally made Pommes frites, bratwurst, sausages and sauerkraut are popular food items that can be found in every second pub and restaurant. You should also try out welfenpudding, which is a yellow topped white dessert. A must-have winter dish is grünkohl mit bregenwurst that is made with spicy sausage and kale. Hochzeitssuppe is a delectable soup concocted with eggs, meatballs, raisins, asparagus, noodles, chicken meat and broth. Smoked eel is another favoured dish in this part of the country.

What to bring to your friends from Hanover

You can pick up some really interesting knick-knacks and souvenirs in Hanover as a token for your family and friends back home. The Leibniz Biscuits is a good item to give to children. Adults will like the Lüttje Lage Chocolate, also known as the Hanover Chocolate, that comes with Schnaps and Beer filling. Keychains, ashtrays, little mirrors, and mugs featuring the Hanover Teddy also makes for an interesting souvenir.