The Herrenhausen Gardens
Often described as the most distinguished formal garden in Europe, the Herrenhausen Gardens are a stunning attraction in the city. Consisting of the famous baroque Grosser Garten, the Berggarten of exotic plants and the Georgengarten landscaped in English style, the green space was designed between the 17th and 19th centuries. Admire the various stylistic orientations and hunt the grounds for secret areas.
The Sprengel Museum ranks among Germany’s significant modern art museums. It showcases an impressive collection of 20th- and 21st-century art including works by Chagall and Picasso. After exploring the galleries make sure to check out Restaurant Bell’ Arte offering Italian cuisine and spectacular views.
Meander narrow lanes, admire picturesque timber-frame buildings and explore exclusive boutiques in Hanover’s Old Town. Filled with inviting cafés and interesting buildings it is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. The imposing Market Church and the Old Town Hall are must-see sights while the Leine river nearby offers cool, secluded places in which to relax.
When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Hanover, head to the Maschsee, an enormous artificial lake south of the city centre. It acts as a water playground for sailing, rowing, windsurfing and swimming. Those who would rather not get wet can ride around the lake on bikes or simply enjoy the views. The lake is also home to one of the city’s summer highlights, the Maschsee Lake Festival, complete with music, food and fireworks.
Hanover Zoo is one of the city’s top attractions and a must for a family trip. Visitors can marvel at more than 3,000 animals and travel through themed areas such as the Australian outback and the Indian jungle palace. They can even take a boat ride through the African savannah. From the end of November to mid January the zoo offers a winter wonderland which includes a large ice rink.