Kestner Gesellschaft


It’s always worth checking listings for the Kestner Gesellschaft. Founded in 1916 to bring innovative artworks from international artists to Hanover, the society exhibited works by Otto Dix, Georg Grosz, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee before they became famous; today this renowned gallery still curates shows that later tour Europe. Its wonderfully light, high-ceilinged premises were once a bathhouse.

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1. Die Nanas

0.32 MILES

When these three earth-mama sculptures were first installed beside the Leine River in 1974, Hanover’s city fathers and mothers were inundated with nearly…

2. Ballhof

0.34 MILES

Originally built for 17th-century games similar to badminton, the Ballhof (1649–64) was modernised inside in the 1970s and today serves as a venue for…

3. Historische Museum Hannover

0.37 MILES

This museum of local history had just one exhibit hall open at research time; it's currently undergoing renovations for its permanent exhibits, due to…

4. Oskar-Winter-Brunnen

0.39 MILES

Make a wish and turn the small brass ring embedded in the ironwork of this ornate 1896 fountain three times and – according to local legend – your wish…

5. Leibnizhaus

0.39 MILES

The Renaissance facade of the Leibnizhaus is a reconstruction but the house was once the home of mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz …

6. Marktkirche


The red-brick Gothic Marktkirche St Georgii et Jacobi (1349–59), located in the Market Sq, is Hanover's largest Lutheran church. Its foundations date back…

7. Altes Rathaus

0.45 MILES

Much of it is a postwar fake, but the Altes Rathaus, begun in 1455, still has some original elements. Today it houses offices and a small restaurant.

8. Aegidienkirche

0.62 MILES

This former Gothic church (dating from 1347) was never repaired or reconstructed after it was bombed in 1943, and today stands as a reminder of the…