Welcome to Hanover & the East
Many towns are within easy striking distance of the capital, by road or rail. To its south, you'll find Hildesheim, one of northern Germany's oldest towns, plus the historic Fagus Werk factory and impressive Schloss Marienburg. East of Hildesheim is the picturesque town of Wolfenbüttel and its intimate big brother, medieval Braunschweig, the 'Lion City'. Continuing north is Wolfsburg, headquarters of Volkswagen, and charming Celle, with its many preserved half-timbered houses. North of Celle is the thought-provoking Bergen-Belsen memorial.
Further east is Brandenburg, and beyond that Berlin, just under two hours away by high-speed train. The states of Hessen, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, along with their castles, palaces, forests and gardens, lie to the south.