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    Hanover - a brief overview

    Wealthy Hanover was all-but destroyed in WWII, and few buildings were left standing. Besides a small area of the Altstadt (Old Town), most of the city centre was rebuilt in modern styles, but the central zones are all linked by a series of leafy parks, making it a pleasant place to stroll around. The

    capital of the Lower Saxony is a forward-looking place, and a major business hub. In particular, the vast Hannover Messe boasts 50 hectares (123 acres) of indoor exhibition space, able to host some of the biggest events in the world, including CeBIT – the world’s largest computer trade fair.

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    Neues Rathaus

    Trammplatz 2
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 1680
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    Completed in 1913, the former New City Hall is enjoys a waterside location by the Maschpark. Today, the impressive building is mainly used as office space and for weddings.

    Herrenhäuser Gärten

    Herrenhäuser Strasse 4
    30419 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 1683 4000
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-2000

    In a northern suburb, the huge baroque Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen were created in the 17th century as an attempt to copy the Versailles Gardens in France. Many say they are the finest gardens in Germany.

    Niedersachsisches Landesmuseum

    Willy-Brandt-Allee 5
    30169 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 980 7686
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800
    Thurs 1000-2000

    The Lower Saxony State Museum contains an eclectic mix of exhibits, covering the prehistory of the local area, historical exhibits of the Kingdom of Hanover, Prussia and the German Empire, and more.

    Sprengel Museum Hannover

    Kurt-Schwitters-Platz
    30169 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 1684 3875
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    Opening times:
    Tue 1000-2000
    Wed-Sun 1000-1800

    This museum of contemporary art contains work by esteemed artists such as El Lissitzky, Andy Warhol, Paul Klee and Max Ernst. But the main focus is on Kurt Schwitter, who was born in Hanover.

    Altes Rathaus

    Karmarschstrasse 42
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 300 8040
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    Hanover’s few surviving medieval buildings, the Old City Hall was built in the 15th century, and its facade was restored in 1844 to look as it did in 1500. These days, the interior houses shops and a restaurant.

    Leineschloss

    Hinrich-Wilhelm-Kopf-Platz 1
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 3030
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    The impressive chateau was once the palace of the Hanoverian royal family. It is now the parliament building for the state of Lower Saxony.

    Erlebnis Zoo

    Adenauerallee 3
    30175 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 2807 4163
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Mar-Oct)

    One of Europe’s better and more modern zoos, the emphasis here is on conservation and education above entertainment. It is divided into a number of themed zones, focusing on different climatic or geographic regions.

    Maschsee

    Am Maschpark
    Hanover
    Germany
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    This man-made lake was dug out during the 1930s to create a watery playground in the heart of the city. Covering 68 hectares (168 acres), it’s a popular spot for summer boat rides or evening dinner cruises.

    Marktkirche

    Hanns-Lilje-Platz 2
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0900-1900
    Sat 0900-1600

    The city’s main Lutheran church is a focal point of the city, and its spire a local landmark. Originally built in the 14th century, many of its impressive interiors were destroyed during WWII and had to be restored in the 1950s.

    Historisches Museum Hannover

    Pferdestrasse 6
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
    Tel: (0511) 1684 2352
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    Opening times:
    Tue 1000-1900
    Wed-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    The Historical Museum traces the history and folk culture of the city and the surrounding region from the time of its foundation some 900 years ago to the present day.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Still misunderstood by many, Germany stands as one of the most endlessly engaging countries on the continent. Anyone expecting a homogenous nation conforming to rigid Teutonic stereotypes is in for a shock. As a travel destination it’s somewhere with huge personality, notable for a clutch of truly lovable cities, culture served up in hefty portions and rural scenery so heart-melting you’ll be left bemused why some people still think of the place as lacking allure.

    It’s the country’s urban highlights that tend to draw the attention first. Berlin is the very definition of a dynamic city, having forged a goodtime reputation for ground-breaking creativity while still keeping sight of it’s past. Elsewhere, the likes of Cologne, Munich and Hamburg are rich in historical buildings, eyes-to-the-future nightlife and excellent gastronomy.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2,962m (9,718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit – it can also be climbed.

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    Key facts

    Population: 81.147.265

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German. Minority languages include Danish and Sorbic, while some English and French is also spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1600 (many close earlier on Fridays).

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Regional observation only.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2014
    Day of Reformation: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2014
    Repentance Day: 19. November 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    Day of German Unity: 03. October 2015
    Day of Reformation: 31. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Repentance Day: 18. November 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Hanover

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    Compared with some other livelier German cities, Hanover has a restrained nightlife scene. Away from the Old Town and its bustling traditional pubs, the centre can sometimes feel

    quiet at night. But there are still plenty of choices for those who fancy stepping out.

    Brauhaus Ernst August

    Schmiedestraße 13
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Spacious Altstadt brewpub serving pilsners brewed in house in large volumes.

    Waterloo Biergarten

    Waterloostrasse 1
    30169 Hanover
    Germany
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    Huge outdoor tree-shaded beer garden, the perfect spot for warm summer nights.

    Harry’s New York Bar

    Pelikanplatz 31
    30177 Hanover
    Germany
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    Based in the Sheraton Hanover Pelikan Hotel, this ‘New York-style’ piano lounge bar serves more than 200 cocktails and almost as many different whiskies.

    Oscar’s Bar

    Georgstrasse 54
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Relaxed award-winning cocktail bar with as many whiskies on offer as cocktails.

    Eve Klub

    Reuterstrasse 3-4
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Hanover’s most popular nightclub, hosting regular DJ nights and occasional live music.

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    Restaurants in Hanover

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    There is a wide range of restaurants to choose from in the city, but with no Michelin-starred restaurants, even the top-end places are unlikely to break the bank.

    Eating in one of the many pubs serving hearty Germanic fare is also popular.

    Gallo Nero

    Gross-Buchhlzer Kirchweg 72B
    30655 Hanover
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Upmarket Italian cuisine, served in a 400-year-old half-timbered suburban house.

    Gattopardo

    Hainholzer Strasse 1
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Modern and refined Italian food prepared using only the freshest ingredients.

    Altes Rathaus

    Karmarschstraße 42
    30159 Hannover
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    Good-quality, German-style cooking served in the historic surroundings of the Old Town Hall.

    Basil

    Dragonerstrasse 30
    30163 Hanover
    Germany
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    Price: Moderate

    This striking restaurant – in a former military riding hall – is the place to come for eclectic international dishes.

    Al Dar

    Konigstrasse 3
    30175 Hanover
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Popular Syrian/Lebanese place selling tapas-style snacks to full meals.

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    Calendar of events

    International Fireworks Competition

    31 May – 20 September 2014
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    Venue: Herrenhäusen Gardens.

    International teams compete to put on the best firework displays. Competition displays take place several times a year. Thousands of spectactors come to see the displays, which are accompanied by music. The extravaganza is held in pretty baroque-themed gardens.

    Maschseefest (Masch Lake Festival)

    30 July – 17 August 2014
    Website

    Venue: Maschsee.

    Music, street theatre, clowns, aquatic activities and culinary delights mark this popular annual summer time event. Around two millions visitors flock to the city for the celebration, which started in 1986. The event opens and closes with spectacular fireworks too.

    Christmas Market

    24 November – 21 December 2014

    Venue: Old Town.

    Hannover’s three Christmas markets help to create a festive spririt. The most traditional Christmas market takes place in the old town illuminated with scores of candles and lights and featuring more than 150 stalls. It’s a chance for visitors to sample a plethora of German food and delicacies and buy traditional handmade gifts including trinkets and wooden toys. The historical and Finnish Christmas village and the so-called Wishing Well Forest are also linked to this occasion.

    Marathon Hanover

    19 April 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city.

    As runners pound the streets of Hanover for the annual marathon, numerous samba bands and musicians accompany the athletes and the city offers an entertainment programme on Trammplatz where a big stage will host games, fun and music and the winners’ prizes will also be presented here.

    Swinging Hannover

    27 – 28 May 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    More than 30,000 people gather to hear free jazz music played in front of the city’s town hall.

    Schützenfest (Marksmen's Fair)

    3 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Schützenplatz.

    The world’s largest Marksmen’s Festival attracts over one million annual visitors. Established in the 16th century, it consists of several large beer tents and the “Marksmen’s Parade”, a 12km-long (7 miles) parade of marksmen from around the world, plus more than 100 bands, 60 wagons, carriages and big festival vehicles. The landmark of the funfair is a 60m tall (200 ft) tall Steiger Ferris wheel which can carry 420 people in its 42 passenger cabins.

    Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden)

    9 – 27 July 2015 (To be confirmed)
    Website

    Venue: Grosser Garden, Herrenhäusen.

    Kleines Fest im Grossen Garten (Little Festival in the Great Garden) will host 120 artists from around the world across more than 30 stages. Expect music, theatre, cabaret and fireworks as well as a fountain display.

    Masala World Beat Festival

    16 – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Hannover Pavilion.

    Covering everything from jazz and tango to funk and salsa, Masala World Beat Festival is an eclectic music event with a lively multicultural injection.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Hanover

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    Hanover’s hotels are firmly focused on the business sector. When a large trade fair comes to town, prices can soar and rooms become difficult to obtain – unless you booked

    far in advance. On the other hand, prices can drop dramatically in summer and at weekends.

    Kastens Hotel Luisenhof

    Luisenstrasse 1-3
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    The city’s top hotel, effortlessly combining luxury comfort with modern business convenience.

    Grand Hotel Mussmann

    Ernst-August-Platz 7
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Modern comforts and marble finishes blend seamlessly at this central hotel.

    Radisson Blu

    Expo Plaza 5
    30539 Hanover
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Well-equipped business hotel beside the Hannover Messe.

    City Panorama

    Hanns-Lilje-Platz 2
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Bright, newly built central hotel with cosy rooms and agreeably low rates.

    Irodion City Hotel

    Grosse Packhofstrasse 21
    30159 Hanover
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Centrally located good-value hotel offering simple comforts at the right price.

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    Climate and best time to visit Hanover

    Hanover is a business hub and busy year round. Winters can be harsh however, and rain can fall often in summer. Spring and autumn are good times to visit. Regular major trade fairs and exhibitions – such as CeBIT in March – often force hotel prices up and reduce the availability of rooms to zero, so it can be advisable to avoid these times unless specifically there to visit the event itself. In late September, the city also plays host to the second largest Oktoberfest in the world after Munich, attracting one million visitors each year.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the high summer months. Unpredictability, then, is a major factor. The average January daytime temperature is 3°C (38°F) and in July is 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital sits at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend significant periods of time outdoors. However, the spring and autumn shoulder seasons also hold real attraction for those who want the promise of decent(ish) weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness "slow" periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when large trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +49

    Telephone

    Local and international calls can be made from phone boxes in towns and cities. These usually accept both coins and pre-paid cards (available at post offices and other outlets). In larger cities, you’ll often be able to make international calls from internet cafes too.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving. If you’re going to be in Germany for a long period of time, consider obtaining a local SIM card.

    Internet

    Internet is readily available; there are many Internet cafes all over the country. Large Internet access centres exist in most main cities. Most hotels also provide facilities, either included in the room rate or charged separately.

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    Shopping in Hanover

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    Key Areas

    Head to Georgstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse to find the large department stores and fashionable boutiques. The area around the Opera House and Kröpcke square is also home to a range of exclusive shops and large department stores. You’ll find more top-end boutiques and antique shops in the Altstadt.

    Markets

    For food and other everyday goods, Markthalle (Karmarschstrasse 49), in the Altstadt, is a huge indoor market selling a vast array of fresh produce and other items. Head to Am Hohen Ufer in the Altstadt any Saturday, and you’ll find one of Europe’s largest and oldest flea markets, by the banks of the River Leine.

    Shopping Centres

    The city’s most convenient and central conventional shopping mall is the Ernst-August-Galerie, a huge complex containing more than 150 stores, handily situated right beside the main station. More upmarket foodstuffs and designer fashion labels are sold in the glass-covered Galerie Luise, near the Opera House.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting such as “guten tag”

    (or “grüss gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theatre, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified and on public transport and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German produce as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being fatty). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally draws the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, ensure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August, it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe a brolly too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travellers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of too much alcohol consumption. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beer’s ABV levels can be 6 or 7%, so should be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Klaus-Wolfgang Dr. Höhne
    Alleestr. 2
    D-30167 Hannover
    Germany
    Tel. +49-511-701932

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The city has an efficient bus and tram network operated by Üstra (tel: (0511) 16680, www.uestra.de) and a suburban railway (S-Bahn). Buy tickets from vending machines at tram stops. Depending on the machine, you may need to validate them before use. Short-trip tickets (valid for three tram or five bus stops) and single tickets are sold, but day tickets (cheaper than two singles) offer the best value. The Hannover Card tourist card gives you unlimited free travel within the city.

    Taxis

    Pick up taxis from a designated rank, or call a company such as Hallo Taxi 3811 (tel: (0511) 3811) or Mein Taxi (tel: (0511) 434 343). Tipping isn’t necessary.

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