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Above all, Hanover is famous far beyond the regional borders for the Cebit, the world’s biggest information and telecommunication trade fair. However, the capital of Lower Saxony has much more to offer than that.

The very best German is spoken in Hanover and the surrounding area; the Maschsee is perfect for picnicking, the Herrenhausen Gardens delight their visitors, and no one will forget a visit to Hanover’s well-known and extremely popular zoo in a hurry. The old streets have a charm of their very own, and the best place to experience it is on the Knochenhauerstrasse in the traditional Café Konrad.

Hanover is compact but not cramped; the shopping is elegant without showing off, and the dining excellent without being in any way stiff. Hanover has character, especially when you get to know it a little. There’s no doubt that everyone will soon find their favourite spot in the city.

With its wide range of museums, Hanover is as popular with culture-lovers as it is with night owls, who like to party hard in the popular Linden district or around the Steintor. It’s a multi-faceted town that is much more exciting than its reputation would indicate.

City Facts

  • Location

    German city on the river Leine.

  • Population

    About 510,000

  • Size

    Approx. 204 km²

  • Public transport

    Very well-developed bus and city train network.

  • Climate

    Moderate zone. Summers are never too hot, but the temperature often goes below zero in winter.

  • Best time to visit

    Between May and September.

  • Good to know

    Since 1986, the world’s biggest trade fair for IT and telecommunications, the Cebit, has taken place in Hanover.

  • Nice to know

    Six British monarchs (King George I to IV, William IV and Queen Victoria) hailed from the House of Hanover. George I and II were born in Hanover.

  • Airport

    Hanover-Langenhagen airport, approx. 10 km north of the city.

  • Bus

    The no. 470 travels between the airport and Langenhagen centre, from where you can get the S1 to the main station.

  • Railway

    The S5 shuttles between the airport and the main station every 30 minutes; the journey takes approx. 15 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi tanks outside the Arrivals terminals, and the journey time to the centre is approx. 20 minutes.