Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Hanover

Herrenhäuser Gärten

Proof that Hanover is not all buttoned-down business are the grandiose Baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, about 5km north of the city centre, which are considered one of the most important historic garden landsc…
Top Choice Museum in Hanover

Sprengel Museum

The Sprengel Museum is held in extremely high esteem, both for the design of the building as well as for the art housed inside. Its huge interior spaces are perfectly suited to displaying its modern figurative, abst…
Top Choice Historic Building in Hanover

Neues Rathaus

An excellent way to get your bearings in Hanover is to visit the Neues Rathaus (built 1901–13) and ascend 98m in the curved elevator (the only one of its kind). It's shaped to travel to the top of the building's gre…
Gardens in Hanover

Grosser Garten

The jewel in the crown of the Herrenhäuser Gärten is grand both in format and history, having been laid out as a Baroque garden in 1714 under the tutelage of the French landscape gardener Martin Charbonnier. The gar…
Forest in Hanover

Eilenriede Forest

Europe's largest city forest at over 640 hectares (almost twice the size of NYC's Central Park), Eilenriede is also known as Hanover's grüne Lunge (green lung). Beginning about 1km northeast of the Hauptbahnhof, it'…
Gardens in Hanover

Berggarten

The oldest botanical garden in Germany is redolent with a mind-boggling assortment of global flora – including glasshouses for orchids, cacti and tropical plants – and features 300-year-old lime trees lining an aven…
Gallery in Hanover

Kestner Gesellschaft

It’s always worth checking listings for the Kestner Gesellschaft. Founded in 1916 to bring innovative artworks from international artists to Hanover, the society exhibited works by Otto Dix, Georg Grosz, Wassily Kan…
Museum in Hanover

Museum Schloss Herrenhäusen

The Schloss Herrenhäusen, an early-19th-century palace destroyed by bombing in 1943, reopened in 2013 after being spectacularly reconstructed to the original plans. It features an authentic facade and a state-of-the…
Lake in Hanover

Maschsee

This artificial lake, built by the unemployed in one of the earliest Nazi-led public-works projects, is now a favourite spot for boating and swimming. It’s certainly the most central, at just 30 minutes’ walk from t…
Church in Hanover

Marktkirche

The red-brick Gothic Marktkirche St Georgii et Jacobi (1349–59), located in the Market Sq, is Hanover's largest Lutheran church. Its foundations date back to a Romanesque predecessor from around 1125; it was heavily…