Dangers & Annoyances
- The Raschplatz area behind the Hauptbahnhof and the red-light district near Steintor are well-policed but require care and common sense after dark.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Germany's country code||49|
|International access code||00|
|Ambulance & Fire||112|
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
With Berlin so close at hand, Hanover's gay scene isn't huge but there's a handful of friendly establishments here. The best sources for listings are www.gaypers.de/Hanover and www.gay-szene.net.
Banks 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, extended hours usually on Tuesday and Thursday, some open Saturday
Cafes 8am–10pm, sometimes later
Post Offices 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm Saturday
Major Stores and Supermarkets 9.30am–8pm Monday to Saturday
Post Office Inside the Ernst-August-Galerie shopping centre, across from the Hauptbahnhof.
Reisebank Has ATMs plus currency exchange services. Inside the main train station.
Travel with Children
You'll frequently find baby-change tables in public toilets, and children under age six ride the U-Bahn and buses for free (vehicles also have low floors to accommodation strollers and prams). Restaurants often have special kids menus.
Kids will enjoy the zoo, the playgrounds and cycling paths of the Eilenriede Forest, and splashing about in the water at Strandbad on a sunny day. In August, the lakeside Maschseefest festival features events and activities geared for kids. Sports fans will love seeing a Hannover 96 football match.
Travellers with Disabilities
Hanover's tourism website (www.hannover.de/service) has information on barrier-free travel in the city, including a database of accessible hotels. Look under 'Barrierfrei'.