Top things to do

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 Middle Eastern in Hanover

Al-Dar

This popular Syrian restaurant a stone's throw from the Hauptbahnhof features hushed, candlelit dining and attentive service within a pleasant, minimalist Middle Eastern decor. Besides the normal menu of warm and co…
Top Choice Asian in Hanover

Vietal Kitchen

Pale-green louvres and bamboo lanterns set a French-colonial vibe for this trendy new Oststadt restaurant offering a modern-fusion take on traditional Vietnamese flavours, such as the 'dragon bowl' (grilled prawns i…
Top Choice European in Hanover

Basil

These former stables to the north of town now house a hip fusion restaurant, with a high arched ceiling, pressed tablecloths and memorable, creative modern European cuisine with regional influences. The wine list is…
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…
Top Choice International in Hanover

Spandau Projekt

Retro-'70s Spandau in Hanover’s Nordstadt is more like a place in Berlin’s Kreuzberg – students from nearby Leibniz University and the local Turkish community rub shoulders here. The varied menu (with plenty of vege…
Top Choice International in Hanover

Pier 51

Romantic at sundown, glass-walled Pier 51 juts out over the Maschsee. Expect light pasta dishes and a small selection of fish, poultry and red meats on a changing menu. All dishes can be ordered in half-servings for…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Hanover

Bukowski's

One of the newest cocktail bars on the Hanover scene, sleek Bukowski's mixes leather couches with exposed brick walls and industrial-style stools. Spirits are taken seriously here, as evidenced by the huge collectio…
Top Choice African in Hanover

Kilimanjaro

Feast on zebra steak (yes, really), thieboudienne (a traditional Senegalese fish dish) and other African specialities at this little restaurant in the Altstadt. Service can be slow but the food is delicious. Try one…