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.

Police Stations

Discount Cards

Available at the airport, the tourist office and the DB service point inside the main train station, the HannoverCard (1/2/3 days €9.50/15/18) offers unlimited public transport and discounted admission to museums. (A gruppe card good for up to five people together is also available for €20/27/35.)

Emergency & Important Numbers

Germany's country code49
International access code00
Ambulance & Fire112
Police110

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.

Internet Access

Wi-fi, called WLAN (vay-lahn), is a standard free offering at hotels and hostels, and many cafes, bars and restaurants also offer it for customers. The tourist office in the Hauptbahnhof and the Neues Rathaus both also have free city hotspots.

Opening Hours

Banks 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, extended hours usually on Tuesday and Thursday, some open Saturday

Bars 5pm–3am

Cafes 8am–10pm, sometimes later

Clubs 10pm–late

Post Offices 9am–6pm Monday to Friday, 9am–1pm Saturday

Restaurants 11am–11pm

Major Stores and Supermarkets 9.30am–8pm Monday to Saturday

Post

Post Office Inside the Ernst-August-Galerie shopping centre, across from the Hauptbahnhof.

Money

Reisebank Has ATMs plus currency exchange services. Inside the main train station.

Tourist Information

Information and brochures are available from a staffed desk at the Neues Rathaus.

Hanover Tourist Office One of Germany's most multilingual tourist bureaus.

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'.