Hanover is a medium-sized city located on the river Leine. It is one of the largest and most important cities in northern Germany due to its universities, medical school and transport hubs.
Hanover is known as one of the greenest cities in the country, with many parks, gardens and sports facilities that give the opportunity to rest in the open air. It also has some famous medieval buildings.
What to see in Hanover?
Marienburg Castle is a neo-Gothic castle located in the south of the city, on the slope of the mountain. Designed by architects of the Hanover School in the second half of the 19th century, the castle is considered to be the most important German Neo-Gothic monument. Nowadays, it still functions as the residence of Prince, and parts of the castle are open to visitors.
Pay attention to the sculptures of the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The most famous are the three huge female characters "Nanas" on Leibnizufer street.
Stroll along the city park, located south of the Hannover Congress Centre, near the Zoo. The park was founded in 1914 and hosts many prestigious gardening exhibitions.
Visit the House of Baron Münchausen, a German nobleman, soldier, traveler and adventurer. It is an hour by car, in Bodenwerder, and now houses the city authorities.
The baroque Herrenhausen Gardens were founded in the 17th century by copying the the Gardens of Versailles near Paris. Gardens are divided into four parts and each of them has a slightly different character, atmosphere and vegetation.|These gardens are made up of the Great Garden, the Berggarten, the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten.
The most popular is the Great Garden, which is kept in a formal baroque style. In summer, festivals and firework competitions take place here.
The Berggarten was originally used as a vegetable garden, later as a garden in which plants from other regions of the world were experimented. From the end of the 17th century, it was transformed into a botanical garden.
The Welfengarten area now belongs to the University of Leibniz in Hanover.