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  • The Herrenhausen Gardens
  • The Old Town
  • City Centre
  • Sea Life Hanover
  • Marktkirche
  • Hanover Zoo
  • Maschsee
  • Sprengel Museum Hanover

The Herrenhausen Gardens

The Herrenhausen Gardens

The Herrenhausen Gardens are one of the most important historical gardens in Europe. The beautiful park is divided in three parts:


  • The Great Garden
  • Georgengarten
  • Berggarten


The Great Garden

The Great Garden used to be a pleasure and fruit garden of Duke Johann Friedrich, before Electress Sophie turned it into one of the most important Baroque garden in Europe. The Great Garden is named like this for a reason. It has a size of 50 hectares and consists of yards, perfectly cut hedges, long walkways and historical statues. The garden has a rectangular shape and the individual elements, including the statues, follow a strict geometrical pattern. The main attraction in the Great Garden is the Herrenhausen Castle. For a long time the castle was only a ruin because of the Second World War, but it was rebuild and then reopened on 17 January 2013.

The Great garden is also a location for various festivals with the "Small Festival in the Great Garden" being the most famous one. Another attraction that takes place in this large garden is an international fireworks competition.



The Georgengarten is named after George IV of Hanover and England and is a public park with lots of space for families and individuals. Here you see the Hanoverians playing soccer, volleyball or other sports, enjoying a barbecue party or simply relaxing. If you happen to visit Hanover in August, you can see and hear a classical open-air concert by the Chopin Society in the Georgegarten.

The most important building in the Georgegarten is a construction, that used to be the palace of Duke Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden and today houses the Wilhelm Busch Museum. In this museum you can see a big and famous collection of writing and art works from internationally known satirical artists. The museum is in possession of the original pictorial manuscripts of the famous children's book Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch.



The Berggarten used to be a vegetable garden but Sophia of Hanover turned it into a garden with lots of exotic plants from all around the world. Besides plants, you can also watch at colorful butterflies and exotic birds.

The Old Town

The Old Town

The Old Town of Hanover was a rather poor neighborhood before the Second World War. After the war, only 40 half-timbered buildings were left. It was mostly rebuild and today this quarter is a beautiful place with idyllic streets creating a very special atmosphere. There are lots of pubs, bistros and nice little stores waiting to be explored in this charming old part of Hanover.

There are many interesting sights in the Old Town and the most famous one is the Kreuzkirche, a church that was built in 1333 and is the oldest church in Hanover. The original interior was mostly demolished in the Second World War. What you see inside, including the altar, comes mostly from a church located in Einbeck.

Another attraction in the Old Town of Hanover is the Ballhof, which used to be a sports hall and then an assembly hall, before it finally became a theater.

Other interesting places in the Old Town are the City Museum, the reconstruction of the Leibnizhaus and the Leineschloss, which is the parliament building for Niedersachsen's government. If you happen to visit the Old Town on a Saturday, you can check out one of the oldest and biggest flea markets in Europe there.

City Centre

When you arrive at the Central Station of Hanover, you just have to walk towards the Ernst August Platz and after a few minutes walk on the shopping street Bahnhofstraße, you are in the city center. The street is for pedestrians only, so no smelly cars and loud traffic disturb your shopping session.

You can find more exclusive and expensive stores on the Georgstraße, which was named after a Hanoverian King of England. The street is located at the end of the Bahnhofstraße, opposite the opera house. Besides going shopping, you can also just have a walk along the nice promenades, drink a cappuccino or have something to eat.

Kröpcke is the name of the square where the Bahnhofstraße and the Georgstraße meet. If you wonder why this square is named like this, "Kröpcke" is the name of a waiter in a Cafe, which today is the Cafe "Mövenpick". The Kröpcke Uhr is a large green clock and a popular meeting point for Hanoverians.

Sea Life Hanover

The Sea Life Hanover is a 3500 square meters sized underwater world with lots of interesting attractions. It contains more than 3500 species from all around the world, which also includes habitats from the local Leine River. Those animals were placed in 37 different pools to ensure a perfect environment for each of them.

One of the most fascinating attractions in Sea Life Hanover is the Ocean Pool with it's eight meter long glass tunnel. In this tunnel you can see turtles, sharks and many other species of sea life. You can also take a look at Cuban crocodiles, while standing right above them on a unique glass bridge.


Hannover Marktkirche

The "Marktkirche" is a beautiful church, which was built in the 14th century in a North German neo-gothic style. It's called "Marktkirche" because it's located at a marketplace. A special fact about this church is that General Johann Michael von Obentraut is buried there. This legend was leading the German and Danish army against Tilly a few hundred years ago. In Hanover and other northern cities in Germany he is known as the "Deutsche Michel".

Hanover Zoo

The Hanover Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in Germany and can be found in the city center of Hanover. It has a size of about 22 hectares and contains almost 3500 animals in more than 2030 species. More than 400 employees take care of the animals in the summer season.

There are various theme worlds in the zoo and in order to see them all and get most out of your visit, you simply have to follow a 5 km long path that leads through the different themes:

Gorilla Mountain

The Gorilla Mountain is located at the highest point of the zoo and consists off a forest landscape, a waterfall and a stream. Besides gorillas, there are also other monkeys, such as apes, chimpanzees, gibbons and a sloth.

Jungle Palace

The Jungle Palace is designed as an Indian rainforest with a Hindu temple, Asian elephants leopards, snakes and other animals.

Meyer's Farm

In the "Meyer's Farm" section of the zoo you can explore rare and old breeds like Exmoor ponies, Pomeranian rough-wool sheep and Husum protest pigs.

Mullewapp (Mollywoop)

If you visit the zoo with your children, they will love the Mullewapp exhibit, because one of the attractions in this section is a petting meadow.

Winter-Zoo (only during the Christmas season)

You can visit the Winter-Zoo during Christmas time. The sections Mullewapp, Meyer's Farm and Yokon Bay are nicely decorated and there are activities like ice curling, skating and roundabouts.

Yukon Bay

The Yukon Bay is a Canadian theme with an old mind shaft, wolves, wild dogs, bisons and caribous. There is also an underwater world with polar bears penguins and seals.


Zambezi represents the African savannah. This section contains an artificial river and animals like rhinoceros, giraffes, lions and Flamingos. The visit of this theme world includes traveling with a small boat for about ten minutes.


Maschsee is an artificial lake sized about 78 hectares, where citizens of Hanover relax and have fun in or around the water by jogging, yachting or pedal-boating. The nice thing about this lake is that it's located in the city center. So if you need some quality recreation time after a long shopping day, you know where to go!

Sprengel Museum Hanover

The Sprengel Museum Hanover shows comprehensive permanent collections and various temporary exhibitions since 1979. It's one of the most important art museums of this time. In the museum you can find great names like Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, Emil Nolde and Paul Klee.

One of the most important collections of this museum are the works by Kurt Schwitters. He lived in Hanover and loved painting landscapes.