Despite WWII bombing, Hanover’s restored old town remains appealingly quaint. The red-brick, Gothic Marktkirche in the market square has original elements, as do both the Altes Rathaus (begun 1455), across the market, and the nearby Ballhof (1649–64), a hall originally built for 17th-century badminton-type games. An entire row of half-timbered houses has been re-created along Kramerstrasse and Burgstrasse near the Marktkirche, and here you also find Leibnizhaus, once the home of mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), with its reconstructed Renaissance facade. In front of the Leibnizhaus is the Oskar-Winter-Brunnen. If you make a wish and turn the small brass ring embedded in the ironwork three times, local lore has it that your wish will come true.