Outdoors

Eilenriede Forest Hanover's beloved city park offers 6.4 sq km of forest, glades and meandering paths.

Grosser Garten This grand 18th-century formal garden features statues, fountains, a hedge maze and grotto.

Berggarten Germany's oldest botanical garden, with flora from around the world and tropical plants in glasshouses.

Maschsee Artificial lake in the middle of the city, popular for boating, swimming and strolling 'round.

Strandbad Take a cool dip on a hot day at this swimming beach on the Maschsee.

Art & Culture

Sprengel Museum Modern art at its finest, with works from Picasso, Calder and Léger, among others.

Kestner Gesellschaft An art society that displays new works by contemporary artists.

Wilhelm Busch Museum This museum set in parklands hosts interesting exhibits of cartoons and graphic art.

Staatsoper Hannover Classic and contemporary opera and ballet staged in a beautifully restored 19th-century theatre.

Museum August Kestner Exhibits collections of decorative arts and Greek and Egyptian antiquities.

History

Aegidienkirche This medieval church's bombed-out shell is a solemn memorial for the millions killed in WWII.

Museum Schloss Herrenhäusen Small palace museum detailing the family history of the powerful clan that once ruled here.

Historische Museum Hannover Learn more about Hanover's local history in this Altstadt museum.

Neues Rathaus View the city from the observation deck, then its progression from medieval times.

Dining Out

Basil Creative cuisine and a huge wine list put this mod-European restaurant among the town's best.

Al-Dar Refined service and candlelit tables give this Middle Eastern restaurant a sophisticated atmosphere.

Pier 51 Romantic lakeside dining with a view at this Maschsee favourite.

Vietal Kitchen One of Hanover's newest and hippest restaurants offers a Vietnamese-fusion menu in French-colonial-inspired decor.

Weinstube Ristorante Leonardo A hidden gem of an Italian restaurant found downstairs in a classic building.