|At first glance, Hanover seems easy to grasp.
However, there are quite a few corners worth a second look: the old
buildings from the time when Hanover was reigned by a king, the idyllic
green areas where you can relax and enjoy nature and the culturally
diverse districts which are interesting to explore.
Just opposite, you will find Hanover's most expensive shopping boulevard where jewellers, perfurmeries and expensive boutiques await potential customers. In the evening the GOP and the New Theatre offer entertainment.
On Sunday mornings during summer, people meet in the Georgstraße for the "Schorsenbummel", with music and open-air bars. This traditional "stroll" dates back to King Georg II, "Schorse" is Hanover's nickname for George.
THE OLD TOWN
The 350 year-old Leineschloss, originally a castle, houses Lower Saxony's state government.
The so called "Hanover's stomach", the Market Hall, is a nice place to buy fresh food or have a cappucchino. The old town offers a culinary variety ranging from sophisticated dinners to a simple stew.
Small breweries like the Brauhaus Ernst August continue Hanover's beer tradition.
On Saturday mornings, a large flea market is set up along the banks of the river Leine, between the antique Beginen tower and the colourful Nanas.
By the way, Hanover's sights are best explored along 'the line': painted in red on the pavements, it connects all major places of interest.
SÜDSTADT (SOUTH TOWN)
The vast green area starts behind the New Town Hall with the Maschpark and the "Maschteich" pond. To the south, Hanover's largest lake expands to 2.4 kilometre length, there is a boat's service between the two banks.
At the southern end, small children splash in the shallow water. In August, the idyll is interrupted for a few days: The Maschseefest, a festival with open-air stages and bars is celebrated all around the lake.
And if it is raining, visit the Sprengel Museum with its excellent exhibition of Modern Art.
Today, a multicultural society prevails peacefully. Impossible to
imagine Linden without Spanish restaurants and Turkish groceries.
The district displays the self-confident image of an independant town. The redevelopment has rendered a friendlier face to the blocks; only the shopping centre, Ihme-Zentrum, is an ugly relict of the concrete prevolence.
A positive example of today's culture in Linden is the listed building of the former bed spring factory Faust, now used as a concert hall and place for meetings and events. On Hanover's only natural hill, the Lindener Hill, the Jazz Club stages outstanding concerts, and there is a very popular beer garden at the top, around the Lindner tower.
OSTSTADT / LIST (EAST TOWN / LIST)
During the day, strollers exchange greetings and glances on the Lister Meile, a shopping street leading through the district. Bordering on the East Town and extending to Kleefeld and to the Maschsee, there is Hanover's municipal forest, the Eilenriede.
NORDSTADT (NORTH TOWN)
The Große Garten (large garden) with its garden theatre, waterfalls and fountains, is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Europe. In summer, international fire works competitions, theatre and comedy festivals called Das Kleine Fest im Großen Garten (small festival in a large garden) use the neatly trimmed hedges and regimented flower-beds as a romantic background.
Opposite the Große Garten, the Berggarten (hill garden) presents a collection of orchids and cacti in tropical hothouses.