Hannover Things To Do
Central Hannover is one of Germany’s less-known places. If you love gardens, this is the place to head. Take a scent filled walk in the gardens, walk around Old Town, and see the modern zoo when you’re done.
This vast complex of formal gardens is one of the delights of the city, With more than 135 hectares of land to explore, the garden is a treat for the eye and all your senses. There’s a tram that brings you right to the gate. Four gardens await: the Grosser Garten, Georgengarten, Berggarten and Welfengarten. There’s an orangery, a maze and a large collection of orchids as well as many summer concerts.
The Old Town
Bombed during WWII and then rebuilt, many facades are not as old as they seem. Many buildings have been here since medieval times. Look for the Old Town Hall and the Market Church. See a performance at the opera house. There’s a tower devoted to the lives of the Beginen, widows who wanted to live a religious life without becoming nuns. This is the site of the local flea markets. Every Saturday it’s host to one of the largest flea markets in Germany.
The newly refurbished zoo is one of the largest in Europe. Home to dozens of exhibits, there’s a special focus on animals of Africa. There’s also an entire section devoted to a working German farm where you can milk a mechanical cow. The kids have an area with a jungle gym and exhibits geared towards their age group.
The schloss is a former palace and home to the present day parliament. This is also where the present day English monarchy descends from. George III was king of Hannover and king of England until the two monarchies split up. His eventual successor, Queen Victoria, was not allowed to inherit because she was a woman.
One of the oldest churches in Germany, this church was bombed during WWII. After the bombing, city officials made the decision to leave it as it is. Today, it serves as a memorial to peace and a reminder of the horrors of war.
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