This popular swimming beach is situated on the southeast bank of the Maschsee, Hanover’s large lake, where you’ll also find in-line skaters gliding by in the shade of neighbouring trees. The closest stop is Döhrener Turm on the tram/U-Bahn lines 1, 2 and 8; walk west for 15 minutes to Maschsee. You can also walk 15 minutes along the lake from Maschsee/Sprengel Museum stop (bus 100).

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1. Maschsee

1.42 MILES

This artificial lake, built by the unemployed in one of the earliest Nazi-led public-works projects, is now a favourite spot for boating and swimming. It…

2. Sprengel Museum

1.51 MILES

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…

3. 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…

4. Museum August Kestner

1.87 MILES

Decorative arts through the ages are the focal point of the medium-sized Kestner Museum, where you’ll see everything from Bauhaus-style cutlery to an…

5. Aegidienkirche

1.91 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…

6. Waterloo Memorial

1.96 MILES

This 46.3m-high column commemorates the victory of German, British and Prussian forces over Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.

7. Altes Rathaus

2.08 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. Marktkirche

2.13 MILES

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…