Thinking of Hanover, you may immediately think of the trade fairs, which fill the capital of Lower Saxony with millions of visitors several times a year: this was particularly true in the year 2000, when the world exhibition EXPO gave the city an unforgettable summer. Yes, the Hannover Messe (trade fair) and the computer fair Cebit especially distinguish Hanover as the centre of the world’s biggest specialist industrial trade fairs.

But anyone visiting Hanover for reasons other than business and trade fairs should let him/herself be enchanted by the charm of the narrow streets in a wander-around the Old Town. The Old Town Hall dating from the 15th Century is decorated with magnificent Gothic gables and friezes. Also part of the Old Town is the 14th Century Marktkirche to the right of the Old Town Hall, which is the southernmost example of a Northern German brick Gothic style church.

Anyone wishing to escape the hectic life of the city should seek out Hanover’s green lungs. The Herrenhäuser Gärten are among Germany’s most beautiful and largest Baroque gardens.

Old & New Cityhall

Herrenhausen Gardens


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