Hannover, Germany is a major hub for international trade fairs and is the capital of Neidersachsen (Lower Saxony). The city is home to roughly 500,000 people and is home to a myriad of lovely gardens, historical architecture and of course, the famous Hannover Messe, which hosts some of the biggest trade shows in the world.
==== HANNOVER – LOCATION
Located in the state of Lower Saxony, (Neidersachsen), Hannover is the capital of the state and is inland from the North Sea coast and close to the Harz National Forest. Located within a few hours of Hamburg and Dusseldorf, the city is a great place to start or end a vacation or business trip in.
==== HANNOVER – SIGHTSEEING
One of the most famous sights are the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen: The Great Garden is an important European baroque garden. 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 pavilions of 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 hosts 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 Pavilion. 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 Paradise and the Prairie Garden. There is also the Sea Life Centre Hanover, which is the first tropical aquarium in Germany.
The Neues Rathaus in the center of Hannover, is a great destination for a stroll as is Old Town, with lots of lovely little streets for shopping and dining and the Old Town Hall and the incredible Market Church.
Go to the Maschsee lake, where there is always something going on, particularly in the summer when the Maschsee Festival takes place every year.
==== HANNOVER – WHERE TO STAY
The Hotel Berial is centrally located, offers free Internet and WLAN and is comfortable, clean and friendly. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to book well in advance with any hotel in Hannover if you are going to be there during a show.
==== HANNOVER – GETTING THERE
Hannover has a major airport of its own as well as excellent train service that goes directly to the Hannover Messe (Exhibit Halls). You can fly directly into Hannover on most major airlines or take a train. Pick up a Hannover Card to get discounts on train travel, events, restaurants, tours and museums as well as free transportation on the GVH public transport system.