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"Will be visiting Hannover in early May, and am looking for a nice restaurant experience. Not looking for something cheap or expensive, just something that says I've dined in Hannover and I liked it! Thanks, Jack" (posted 04/14/2015)

Hello Jack, highly recommended would be the Pier51 Maschsee. It is a little more expensive, but great views and good food are worthwhile in any case. Regards Carsten Beims
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  • Weser Uplands-Schaumburg-Hamelin Nature Park
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    Weser Uplands-Schaumburg-Hamelin Nature Park

    The Weser Uplands-Schaumburg-Hamelin Nature Park (German: Naturpark Weserbergland Schaumburg-Hameln) lies on the northern edge of the German Central Uplands where it transitions to the North German Plain, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of Hanover. The sponsor of the nature park, which was founded in 1975, is the state of Lower Saxony. The park extends along the Weser valley between Rinteln and Hamelin and includes parts of the Schaumburg Land, Calenberg, Lippe and Pyrmont Uplands from Bad Nenndorf in the north to Bad Pyrmont in the south, Bückeburg and Bad Eilsen in the west and Bad Münder and Osterwald in the east. Its highest elevation is in the Süntel hills.

    Location

    Bordered in the north by the forested ridges of the Bückeberg and the Deister, the nature park covers almost 1,000 square kilometres (390 sq mi) from the eastern Weser Hills, Harrl and Süntel running along both sides of the River Weser southwards to the Ith ridge, the Osterwald and the Thüster Berg, through a very varied landscape of wooded, rolling hills and small valleys with a myriad streams and rivers. In the Süntel, the Ith and on the Kanstein rocky crags tower over the countryside. A colourful mix of nature reserves and protected landscapes, towns, several spas and small villages and castles of the Weser Renaissance period mean that the nature park is a popular local recreation and holiday destination in the north German region.

  • Herrenhausen Gardens
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    Herrenhausen Gardens

    The Herrenhausen Gardens (German: Herrenhäuser Gärten), located in Lower Saxony's capital of Hanover are made up of the Great Garden (Großer Garten), the Berggarten, the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten. The gardens are a heritage of the Kings of Hanover.

    The Great Garden has always been one of the most distinguished baroque formal gardens of Europe while the Berggarten has been transformed over the years from a simple vegetable garden into a large botanical garden with its own attractions. Both the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten have been made in the style of English gardens, and both are considered popular recreation areas for the residents of Hanover. The history of the gardens spans several centuries, and they remain a popular attraction to this day.

  • German National Library of Science and Technology
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    German National Library of Science and Technology

    The German National Library of Science and Technology (German: Technische Informationsbibliothek), abbreviated TIB, is the national library of the Federal Republic of Germany for all fields of engineering, technology, and the natural sciences. It is jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the 16 German states. Founded in 1959, the library operates in conjunction with the Leibniz Universität Hannover. In addition to acquiring scientific literature, it also conducts applied research in such areas as the archiving of non-textual materials, Data Visualization and the Future Internet. The library is also involved in a number of open access initiatives. With a collection of over 8.9 million items in 2012, the TIB is the largest science and technology library in the world.

  • Ihme-Zentrum
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    Ihme-Zentrum

    The Ihme-Zentrum is a big residential, business and shopping center in Hanover between the Linden and Calenberger Neustadt quarters. It is located west at the bank of the Ihme river.

    Size

    It has a commercial and shopping areas of 60.000 m² and residential areas of 58,300 m² for about 860 apartments (about 2,400 people) and 8,000 m² for about 450 students. There are 3 high buildings (about 20 floors) for residential and one for commercial use.

  • Herrenhausen Gardens

    Herrenhausen Gardens

    The City of Hannover owes the brightest jewel in its crown to an out-of-the-ordinary woman: the world-famous baroque gardens of Herrenhausen were created by Sophia, Princess Palatine of the Rhine, who was Electress of Hannover from 1692 to 1714. The baroque Great Garden (Grosser Garten) and the adjacent George Garden (Georgengarten), a landscape garden in the English style, together form a grand display of the art of European horticulture over a period of three centuries on an area measuring almost two kilometres from end to end. Opposite them is the Hill Garden (Berggarten), which has developed into a botanical display garden of international standing; between 500 and 800 orchids in resplendent bloom can be admired there at any time of the year. The Welfengarten makes up the grounds of the University of Hanover, as the university now uses the castle at the garden's centre - Welfenschloss - as its main building.

  • Hannover Zoo
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    Hannover Zoo

    Hanover Zoo in Hanover, Germany, is one of the most spectacular adventure zoos in Germany. About 2,000 animals from all over the world live in six Zoo Worlds that recreate their natural environment without visible barriers. Animal feedings and up to 8 shows per day, a free boat ride down the Sambezi river, jungle path, evolution trail, guided tours, a petting zoo and a huge adventure play ground for the little ones make for a fantastic day-trip.

    Hours: March 1 - October 24, 2009 9am - 6pm. Starting October 25, 2009 10am - 4pm.

    Admission: Entrance fees vary from season to season (winter, summer and winter-zoo). Summer prices are 19.50 € Adults, 13.50 € Children ages 3-17. Entrance fee includes Zambezi boat-ride, summer slides and up to 25 shows & feedings.

  • Marktkirche (The Church on the Marketplace)
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    Marktkirche (The Church on the Marketplace)

    The Marktkirche St. Georg and St. Jakobus is the main Lutheran church in Hanover. It was built in the 14th century and, together with the nearby Old Town Hall, is considered the southernmost example of the North German neo-gothic architectural style. The roof and the vaults of the naves were destroyed in an air raid in 1943 and rebuilt to the same plan in 1952. Even though it has been the church of the Lutheran bishop of Hanover since 1925 it is not called a cathedral.

    Hours: 10am - 6pm.

    The church is a Hallenkirche (hall church) which means that the sidenaves are as high as the middle nave. Above the three naves rises a monumental saddleback roof. The high western tower was a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town.

  • The Red Thread

    The Red Thread

    The Red Thread is a floorline visitors’ guide of a different kind. The Red Thread is painted on the pavement, is 4200 metres long, and weaves its way through the inner city joining up 36 prime attractions. All you have to do is follow the Red Thread.

    This do-it-yourself city tour is accompanied by an informative brochure which describes all of the interesting buildings and monuments you meet along the way, and is also full of interesting historical background. Furthermore the brochure describes a new "ExtraTour" which is a 45 minutes refreshing detour to the banks of Lake Maschsee.

    The brochure costs 2.50 € and is available from the Tourist Information opposite the central railway station, and the Infocounter in the New Town Hall, Trammplatz 2.

  • Maschsee Lake
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    Maschsee Lake

    Maschsee Lake is known far beyond the boundaries of the city and is definitely one of the most popular destinations in Hannover. This artificial lake, created between 1934 and 1936 in the flood meadows surrounding the River Leine, attracts lovers of water sports, walkers, cyclists, joggers and inline skaters.

    The Maschsee Lake is perfect as a venue for regattas and other boat races, such as the annual Dragon Boat races, and many other types of water sports. In addition to sailing, rowing, taking a trip in a pedalo or windsurfing, you can also swim in the lake: the Maschsee outdoor swimming baths are on the south bank. And those who do not feel inclined to undertake water sports themselves can still cruise around the lake in the summer months on boats operated by Hannover’s public transport company, üstra.

    One of the highlights of the summer festival season in Hannover is the Maschsee Lake Festival. All around the lake, over a million visitors each year are treated to performing arts for all ages, culinary delights, music and fireworks.

  • Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover
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    Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover

    The Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover (German: Evangelisch-lutherische Landeskirche Hannovers) is a Lutheran church body (Landeskirche) in the German state of Lower Saxony and the city of Bremerhaven covering the territory of the former Kingdom of Hanover. It's the most important Protestant denomination in this area. The seat of the Landesbischof (bishop) is the Lower Saxon state capital Hanover. The Marktkirche is the church of the bishop.

    It is a full member of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and is based on the teachings brought forward by Martin Luther during the Reformation. It also belongs to the Confederation of Protestant Churches in Lower Saxony.

    After Margot Käßmann's resignation as Landesbischöfin in February 2010, Hans-Hermann Jantzen (German) served as Bischofsvikar (acting bishop) until Ralf Meister's investiture as her successor on 26 March 2011.

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover is a member church of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD), the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, and of the Lutheran World Federation.

  • Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)
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    Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

    The Town Hall was built over a period of more than 100 years. The earliest part (from 1410) overlooks the Schmiedestrasse (Blacksmith Street); the later wing next to the market was erected on the foundations of a 13th century trade hall. The adjacent wing in the Koebelinger Strasse is called the Chemists' Wing (Apothekenflügel), because it was the location of the Town Hall's pharmacy. This wing was later rebuilt in Italian Romanesque style, after a citizen's action group led by a well known neo-Gothic architect, Conrad Wilhelm Hase, managed to save the entire building from demolition in 1844. Hase was subsequently commissioned to renovate the remaining wings in their original style of 1500, with its exceptional gothic gables and the ornamental frieze.

    Amongst the portraits of the princes and coats-of-arms it features the Luderziehen, a popular game from the Middle-Ages, a kind of Tug of War with the opponents using just their little fingers instead of the rope (a similar game called Fingerhakeln is still a firm part of the south German folklore). This marvellous picture above the outer right arched window in the Schmiedestrasse can only be seen by following the red line around the Old Town Hall.

  • Museum August Kestner
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    Museum August Kestner

    Founded in 1889, the Museum August Kestner in Hannover is one of the most important museums in Lower Saxony. It is named after the German art collector August Kestner (1777-1853). The Egyptian collection documents art and culture in the country from the 4th century BC to Roman and Christian times. An extensive gallery of reliefs, sculptures, stelae, vessels, amulets, papyrus and burial objects shed light on the day-to-day life of the ancient Egyptians, including their religion, rituals and belief in the afterlife. The classical cultures of the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean and the Near East are also represented, and there is a section dedicated to applied art and design in Europe, which focuses on medieval manuscripts, textiles, bronzes, ivories and goldsmith's work. The coin collection meanwhile documents 2,500 years of monetary history.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm. Open Wednesday until 8pm.

    Admission: 6 € Adults, free entrance on Fridays.

  • Marienburg Castle
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    Marienburg Castle

    Most impressively, Marienburg Castle raises its distinctive silhouette over the South Western slope of the Marienberg, some 15 km north-westerly of Hildesheim and approx. 20 km south of Hanover. The castle with its many turrets dominates the rolling hills of the valley of the River Leine. The former summer residence of the Guelphs - once a birthday present from the Hanoverian King George V to his wife, Queen Mary - is considered one of the most important neo-Gothic historical buildings in Germany. A variety of different facades, turrets and the multitude of different roof shapes easily cast a spell on the visitor making them part of fairy tale life in a castle.

    Today, you can have a comprehensive glimpse into the grand halls and historical rooms of the castle during a one-hour guided tour. The tour allows viewing the state and private rooms of the royal family. The elaborate interior design with historical furniture, paintings, rare and singular objects of arts impressively reawakens life at court during the end of the 19th century.

    Hours: March 29 - November 1: open daily, guided tours 10:30am - 5pm. November and December open weekends only. Please note that the church chapel is closed most Saturdays due to weddings.

    Admission: Adults 6.50 €, 13–16 years 5.50 €, 7-12 years 4.50 €, 3–6 years 3.50 €, 0–3 years free.

  • Georgengarten
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    Georgengarten

    The Georgengarten is a landscape garden in the northwestern borough of Herrenhausen of the German city Hanover. It is a part of Herrenhausen Gardens.

    Present use

    Today the house is used as a caricature museum and is named Wilhelm-Busch-Museum - Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und kritische Grafik. The Georgengarten now is a part of the famous Herrenhausen Gardens.

    The Leibniz Temple in the park is named in honour of the German polymath Gottfried Leibniz. Originally it was erected between 1787 and 1790 at the Hanover military parade place (now called Waterlooplatz); later it was transferred to the Georgengarten. Today it is a popular venue during warm summer evenings, especially frequented by young people and students of the nearby University of Hanover.

  • Hanover Zoo
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    Hanover Zoo

    Hanover Zoo is located in the city centre of Hanover, Germany. The zoo was established on May 4, 1865, and comprises an area of 22 hectares. Currently, it is home to about 3,414 animals in 237 species, which are cared for by more than 400 employees in the summer season (stocktaking 2010).

    Concept Zoo 2000

    In the early 1990s, the zoo was in a deep crisis, facing ever falling visitor numbers. In 1994, it was converted into a limited company and sold to Hanover Region and work on a completely new concept started the next year. In just 15 years, Zoo Hannover GmbH’s ‘Zoo of the Future’ World Exposition Project has revolutionized the European zoo world. 111.9 million € has since been invested to transform a decaying municipal zoological garden into today’s Adventure Zoo.

    Since the year 2000, more than a million people visit the zoo annually. In 2005, the Winter-Zoo was introduced, in 2007 the children's paradise Mollywoop was opened, in spring 2010 the Australian Outback and in May 2010 the seventh theme world followed. With the opening of the Canadian theme world “Yukon Bay”, a world record of five Asian baby elephants in one calendar year and the 2009/10 ‘Best Zoo’ award, Hannover Adventure Zoo is nowadays one the leading zoos in Germany. More than 1,6 million visitors each year are enchanted by seven unique theme worlds.

  • Marktkirche, Hanover
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    Marktkirche, Hanover

    The Marktkirche St. Georgii et Jacobi (Market Church of Sts. George and James), commonly known as Marktkirche ("The Church on the Marketplace"), is the main Lutheran church in Hanover, Germany. It was built in the 14th century and, together with the nearby Old Town Hall, is considered the southernmost example of the North German brick gothic (norddeutsche Backsteingotik) architectural style. The roof and the vaults of the naves were destroyed in an air raid in 1943 and restored in 1952.

    The church is a hallenkirche (hall church). Above the nave and two aisles rises a monumental saddleback roof. The high western tower was a symbol for the power and the wealth of the citizens of the town. It is still one of the highest towers in Lower-Saxony and a landmark of the city.

  • Neustädter Kirche, Hannover
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    Neustädter Kirche, Hannover

    The Neustädter Kirche (new town church) is a main Lutheran parish church in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. The official name is Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche St. Johannis zu Hannover (St. John's Church of the court and the city in the New Town at Hanover). The Baroque church was built in 1666–70. It is one of the oldest Protestant Saalkirche (Aisleless church) in Lower Saxony, conceived for the sermon as the main act of Lutheran church service. Mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and general Carl August von Alten are buried here.

    The church is known for its church music, performed in service and concert by the Kantorei St. Johannis (St. John's chorale), and serves as a venue for concerts, for example in the context of the Expo 2000 and the Kirchentag. It houses a "Spanish organ", suitable for early Baroque music, in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.

  • TUI Arena
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    TUI Arena

    TUI Arena (formerly Preussag Arena) is an arena in Hanover, Germany. The arena opened in 2000 and holds 10,767, during hockey matches and up to 14,000, during concerts. The arena is situated at the Expo 2000 grounds, in the south of Hanover, astride the Kronsberg and Mittelfeld areas.

    It is primarily used for ice hockey and is the home arena of the Hannover Scorpions.

    Janet Jackson was scheduled to perform during her All for You Tour on November 12, 2001, but the show was cancelled, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Scorpions performed a Classic-Concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker on June 1, 2000, at the Arena and during her Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour on June 1, 2010 a Rockshow. In the Arena, there is a Scorpions-Lounge with a variety of devotional of the band.

    On February 14, 2013, the German national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Unser Song für Malmö will take place here.

  • Riddagshausen Abbey
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    Riddagshausen Abbey

    Riddagshausen Abbey (Kloster Riddagshausen) was a Cistercian monastery just outside the city of Brunswick in Germany.

    It was founded as Marienzelle by Ludolf the Wend, a ministerialis of Henry the Lion and steward of Brunswick, and settled in 1145 by monks from Amelungsborn Abbey. Henry endowed the new foundation in 1146 with the neighbouring village of Riddagshausen, from which it took its name.

    The abbey early acquired reichsunmittelbar status as an Imperial abbey.

    It was mediatised in 1569 by Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, when it became a Protestant establishment. From 1690 it was also the home of a prestigious Lutheran seminary for training of preachers, the first in Germany. The religious community and the seminary were dissolved in 1809.

    The site, now included within the city of Brunswick, in the district of Wabe-Schunter-Beberbach, is now mostly a nature reserve and arboretum. The nature reserve Riddagshäuser Teiche is designated as Important Bird Area and Special Protection Area.

  • Sea Life Centres
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    Sea Life Centres

    Sea Life Centres are a chain of commercial sealife-themed attractions. There are twenty-six centres located in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (England and Scotland only), and the United States. The chain is owned by Merlin Entertainments.

    Attractions

    Sea Life Centres are billed as a "friendly and authoritative guide to the last great frontier...the seas and oceans of the world and their myriad mysterious and amazing inhabitants."

    Each centre combines modern display technology, biological expertise, and entertainment to provide themed journeys through European and tropical waters. This often provides close encounters with sealife, from shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.

    Sea Life Centres also claim to champion the cause of marine conservation through education, awareness and, wherever possible, direct action.

  • Botanischer Schulgarten Burg
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    Botanischer Schulgarten Burg

    The Botanischer Schulgarten Burg (7.5 hectares) is a botanical garden for students maintained by the municipal Schulbiologiezentrum Hannover organization. It is located at Vinnhorster Weg 2, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and open weekdays.

    The garden was established in 1927 to provide practical botany experiences to students. As of 1974 it became headquarters of the Schulbiologiezentrum Hannover, which also maintains schools in three other locations (Freiluftschule Burg, Zooschule Hannover, Botanischer Schulgarten Linden).

    Its grounds contain a range of habitats including ponds, alder and birch groves, deciduous forest, and meadow, in which students can understand scientific and environmental topics. It also contains theme gardens as follows: genetics and evolution, herbs, vegetables, fruit, aromatic plants, geographic garden, sun and energy, small organic experiments, and insects. The garden's perennial nursery (1500 m²) raises plants for school gardens, including a tropical greenhouse (200 m²) cultivating rainforest plants.

  • Neustädter Kirche, Hannover
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    Neustädter Kirche, Hannover

    The Neustädter Kirche (new town church) is a main Lutheran parish church in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany. The official name is Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche St. Johannis zu Hannover (St. John's Church of the court and the city in the New Town at Hanover). The Baroque church was built in 1666–70. It is one of the oldest Protestant Saalkirche (Aisleless church) in Lower Saxony, conceived for the sermon as the main act of Lutheran church service. Mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and general Carl August von Alten are buried here.

    The church is known for its church music, performed in service and concert by the Kantorei St. Johannis (St. John's chorale), and serves as a venue for concerts, for example in the context of the Expo 2000 and the Kirchentag. It houses a "Spanish organ", suitable for early Baroque music, in collaboration with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover.

  • Hannoversches Strassenbahn Museum
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    Hannoversches Strassenbahn Museum

    The Hannoversches Strassenbahn-Museum or Hanover Tramway Museum comprises a collection of tramcars from all over Germany, and is located on the site of a former potash mine in Sehnde, southeast of the city of Hanover.

  • Kestnergesellschaft
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    Kestnergesellschaft

    kestnergesellschaft (Kestner society) is an art gallery in Hanover, Germany, founded in 1916 to promote the arts. Its founders included the painter Wilhelm von Debschitz (1871–1948). The association blossomed under the management of Alexander Dorner and Justus Bier, pioneering modern art.

    After World War II, Alfred Hentzen took over the management in 1947, followed by Fritz Schmalenbach. In 1997 the kestnergesellschaft moved into new premises at Goseriede 11, the former site of the Goseriede baths. The new gallery is next to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hanover's newspaper.

    The gallery hit the headlines in 2005 when it exhibited a mud house created by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra featuring a room with mud floor reminiscent of Hanover's lake Maschsee.

    The gallery's current director is Veit Goerner.

  • Lower Saxony State Museum
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    Lower Saxony State Museum

    The Lower Saxony State Museum (German: Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover) is a museum in Hanover, Germany. It is located opposite the New City Hall. The museum comprises the State Gallery (Landesgalerie), featuring paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, plus departments of archaeology, natural history and ethnology. The museum includes a vivarium with fish, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods.

    The State Gallery features art from the 11th to the 20th centuries. The collection includes German and Italian works from the Renaissance and the Baroque, 17th century Flemish and Dutch paintings, Danish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries (e.g. Constantin Hansen), and a print room featuring old German masters, Dutch drawings, 19th century printworks, and drawings by German Impressionists. Some of the best-known artists include Rembrandt, Rubens and Albrecht Dürer.

    The gallery's other strengths include German and French Impressionist paintings, works by Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt, and major works from members of the Künstlerkolonie Worpswede group, such as Bernhard Hoetger, Fritz Overbeck, Otto Modersohn and Paula Modersohn-Becker. Caspar David Friedrich's four-piece Tageszeitenzyklus (The Times of Day) is the only complete such series by Friedrich in a single museum.

  • Sprengel Museum
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    Sprengel Museum

    The Sprengel Museum in Hanover houses one of the most significant collections of modern art in Germany. It is located in a building designed by Peter and Ursula Trint (of Cologne) and Dieter Quast (of Heidelberg), adjacent to the Maschsee. The museum opened in 1979 and the building was extended in 1992.

    Bernhard Sprengel donated his extensive collection of modern art to the city of Hanover in 1969, as well as financially supporting the construction of the museum. The city of Hanover and the state of Lower Saxony agreed to jointly operate the museum. In addition to the works donated by Sprengel, the museum also houses 20th century artworks owned by Lower Saxony and Hanover.

    A further expansion, designed by Zurich-based architects Meili + Peter, was originally planned for 2010 but is now expected to begin around 2012. The cuboid design of the new building was chosen from 65 entrants in an international architecture competition. The original plan would have created an extra 4,350 square metres (46,800 sq ft) of exhibition space, and was expected to cost around €25m, with €10m coming from Lower Saxony's EU funding, €5m directly from Lower Saxony, €5m from the city of Hanover, and €5m expected from donors. These estimates have since been reduced. A major objective of the expansion is to allow extensive coverage of Niki de Saint Phalle and the Hanoverian artist Kurt Schwitters. The new building will also be used for one-off international exhibitions.

  • Wilhelm Busch Museum
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    Wilhelm Busch Museum

    The Wilhelm Busch Museum (German: Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkunst Wilhelm Busch, "German Museum of Caricature and Drawings Wilhelm Busch") is a museum in Hanover, Germany. It features the world's largest collection of works by Busch, as well as contemporary comic art, illustrations and drawings.

    It is located in the Georgengarten (part of the Herrenhausen Gardens) in a palace known as the Georgenpalais, dating from around 1780. The museum is run by the Wilhelm Busch Society, which formed in 1930.

  • Steinhuder Meer
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    Steinhuder Meer

    The Steinhuder Meer or Lake Steinhude[1] is a lake in Lower Saxony, Germany located 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Hanover. It is named after the nearby village of Steinhude. It has an area of about 30 square kilometres (12 sq mi), making it the largest lake of northwestern Germany, but it is very shallow, with an average depth of only 1.35 metres (4.4 ft) and a maximum depth of less than 3 metres (9.8 ft). It lies within a region known as the Hanoverian Moor Geest.

    Geology

    It is part of the glacial landscape formed after the recession of the glaciers of the latest Ice Age, the Weichselian glaciation. There are two theories regarding how the lake of Steinhude was formed. One of them says that glaciers gouged out the hole and meltwater filled it. The other theory states that an ice storm formed the hole and as the groundwater rose, the lake was created. In its middle there is a small artificial island carrying an 18th-century fortification, the Wilhelmstein. Today the lake is the heart of a nature reserve, the Steinhuder Meer Nature Park, and is also used as a recreational area.

  • Bevern Castle
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    Bevern Castle

    Bevern Castle is one of the most significant buildings of the Weser renaissance. Satius von Münchausen created this castle and which was finished in 1612 after 9 years of construction. The castle has four connected wings with a square courtyard in the center and a surrounding moat along with a garden. Visitors access the castle via two bridges.

    The architecture is unique for this region at this time period between the Reformation and Thirty Year War. Design influence can be found in the upper-Italian late gothic period as well as the early Dutch baroque style. Typical for buildings of this period are gazebos, decorated pediments and octagonal stairwells. Bevern Castle exhibits a very unique overall conception of the Weser renaissance style which is certainly worth visiting!

    In the last years, the castle has been transformed into an event location with changing events and exhibitions. Guided tours are available on Sundays and Holidays at 3pm. Driving distance from Hannover: 45 miles (73km), 1 hr 15 min.

  • Hochharz National Park
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    Hochharz National Park

    The Harz is the highest mountain range in northern Germany and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart (mountain forest), Latinized as Hercynia. The legendary Brocken is the highest summit in the Harz with a height of 1,141.1 metres (3,744 ft) above sea level. The Wurmberg (971 metres (3,186 ft)) is the highest peak located entirely within Lower Saxony.

    Rivers and lakes

    Because of the heavy rainfall in the region the rivers of the Harz Mountains were dammed from an early date. Examples of such masonry dams are the two largest: the Oker Dam and the Rappbode Dam. The clear, cool water of the mountain streams was also dammed by early mountain folk to form the various mountain ponds of the Upper Harz waterways, such as the Oderteich.

    The 17 dams in the Harz block a total of twelve rivers. Because the Harz is one of the regions of Germany that experiences the most rainfall, its water power was used from early times. Today the dams are primarily used to generate electricity, to provide drinking water, to prevent flooding and to supply water in times of scarcity. Modern dam-building began in the Harz with the construction of the Söse Valley Dam, that was built between 1928 and 1931. The dams of the Upper Harz lakes are some of the oldest dams in Germany that are still in operation.



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Hannover Overview

Hanover or Hannover (German: Hannover, on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain, in their dignities as the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg (which title was later called the Elector of Hanover at the end of the historical period known as Early Modern Europe). After the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Electorate was enlarged and made into the capital of the Kingdom of Hanover.

In addition to being the capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover was the capital of the administrative area Regierungsbezirk Hannover (Hanover region) until Lower Saxony's administrative regions were disbanded at the beginning of 2005. It is, however, still part of the Hanover district (Region Hannover), which is a municipal body made up from the former district and city of Hanover.

With a population of 522,944 (1 February 2007) the city is a major center of northern Germany, known for hosting annual commercial expositions such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest Hannover, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world. In 2000, Hanover hosted the world fair Expo 2000. The Hanover fairground, due to numerous extensions especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hanover also has regional importance because of its universities and medical school, its international airport, and its large zoo. The city is also a major crossing point of railway lines and highways (Autobahnen), connecting European main lines in east-west-direction (Berlin - Ruhr area) and north-south-direction (Hamburg - Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) et al.).

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Things to See in Hannover

Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

The Great Garden is an important European baroque garden. The palace itself, however, was largely destroyed by Allied bombing. Some points of interest are the Grotto (the interior was designed by the French artist Niki de Saint-Phalle), the Galery Building, the Orangerie and the two pavillons by Remy de la Fosse. The Great Garden consists of several parts. The most popular ones are the Great Ground and the Neuveau Jardin. At the centre of the Neuveau Jardin is Europe's highest garden fountain. The historic Garden Theatre inter alia hosted the musicals of the German rock musician Heinz Rudolf Kunze.

The Berggarten is an important European botanical garden. Some points of interest are the Tropical House, the Cactus House, the Canary House and the Orchid House, which hosts one of the world's biggest collection of orchids, and free-flying birds and butterflies. Near the entrance to the Berggarten is the historic Library Pavillon. The Mausoleum of the Guelphs is also located in the Berggarten. Like the Great Garden, the Berggarten also consists of several parts, for example the Paradies and the Prairie Garden. There is also the Sea Life Centre Hanover, which is the first tropical aquarium in Germany.

The Georgengarten is an English landscape garden. The Leibniz Temple and the Georgen Palace are two points of interest there.

Another point of interest is the Old Town. At the centre is the huge Market Church and the Old Town Hall. Near by are the Leibniz House, the Nolte House, and the Beguine Tower. A very nice quarter of the Old Town is the Kreuz-Church-Quarter around the Kreuz Church with many nice little lanes. Nearby is the old theatre, called Ballhofeins. On the edge of the Old Town are the Market Hall, the Leine Palace, and the ruin of the Aegidien Church which is now a monument to the victims of war and violence. Through the Marstall Gate you arrive at the bank of the river Leine, where the world-famous Nanas of Niki de Saint-Phalle are located. They are part of the Mile of Sculpture which leads from the Königsworter Square up to the entrance of the Georgengarten. Near the Old Town is the district Calenberger Neustadt where the Catholic Church of St. Clemens, the Reformed Church, and the Protestant Neustädter Church are located.

The 36 most important sights of the city centre are connected with a 4.2 kilometres (3 mi) long red line, which is painted on the pavement. This so-called Red Thread marks out a walk that starts at the Tourist Information Office and ends on the Ernst-August-Square in front of the central station. There is also a guided sightseeing-bus tour through the city.

More about the History of Hannover

Founded in medieval times on the south bank of the river Leine (the original name Honovere may be translated as "high bank", though this is debated), Hanover was a small village of ferrymen and fishermen that became a comparatively large town in the 13th century as a natural crossroads. In a time of relatively difficult overland travel, its position on the upper navigable reaches of the river favored it for increasing trade and growth. Connected to the Hanseatic League city of Bremerhaven (Bremerhaven vacation rentals | Bremerhaven travel guide) via the Leine river from its place near the southern edge of the wide central German plains to its north and situated north-west of the Harz mountains, it enjoyed a mountain skirting "crossroads" position in east-west land traffic by mule train. Hanover thus acted as a gateway to the Rhine, the Ruhr and Saar River valleys and their industrial areas to the southwest, for the plains regions both to its east and north, as well as overland traffic skirting the Hartz between the Low Countries and Saxony or Thuringia.

In 1883 from the city of Hanover, the Hanover district government was created and became active. The city was enlarged first in 1869, followed in 1882 by adding Königsworther Platz and the Welfengarten. In 1891 the municipalities of Herrenhausen, Hainholz, Vahrenwald were added. In 1907 the municipalities of Stöcken, Gutsbezirk Mecklenheide, Bothfeld, Klein-Buchholz, Groß-Buchholz, Kirchrode, Döhren and Wülfel were incorporated into Hanover.

Hanover was an important road junction and production center that was a target area of the Strategic bombing during World War II, including the Oil Campaign. Targets included the AFA (Stöcken), the Deurag-Nerag refinery (Misburg), the Continental plant (Vahrenwald), the United light metal works (VLW) in Ricklingen and Laatzen, and in Linden, the Hanover/Limmer rubber reclamation plant, the Hanomag factory, and NMH. Forced laborers were used from the Hannover-Misburg subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp. The residential areas were also targeted and more than 6,000 people were killed in the Allied bombing raids. More than 90% of the city center was destroyed in 88 bombing raids[6]. After the war, the Aegidienkirche was not rebuilt and its ruins were kept as a war memorial. Hanover was in the British zone of occupation of Germany after the war, and became part of the new state (Land) of Lower Saxony in 1946. Today the City of Hanover is a Vice-President City of Mayors for Peace, an international Mayoral organization mobilizing cities and citizens worldwide to abolish and eliminate nuclear weapons by the year 2020.

With a population of over 500,000 (2007), Hannover is a major center in northern Germany. It is known for hosting popular annual commercial expositions, such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest Hannover, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world. The Hannover fairground, due to numerous extensions especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hannover also is regionally important because of its universities and medical school, its international airport, and its large zoo. The city is also a major crossing point of railway lines and highways (Autobahnen), connecting European main lines in east-west-direction (Berlin - Ruhr area) and north-south-direction.

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