Hannover guide: When the ‘Best of’ is just outside your front door...
How convenient when the location of your hotel is so central that you only have to step outside the front door to begin exploring the sights on foot. Other places of interest in the Hannover region can be quickly reached by car or train. Be sure to schedule enough time for the big attractions such as the Maschsee and the Herrenhausen Gardens, but also check out the lesser-known gems our insiders have listed for you on our website.
6 Sinne Restaurant & Skybar: the unexpected extra
At the 6 Sinne in Hanover, it’s all about the joy of eating, drinking, good company and a pleasant atmosphere – put simply: indulgence and life.
As soon as you enter the establishment, the interior and beautiful roof terrace with a view over Hanover city centre only add to this, whether you are here in summer and enjoy your food and drink outdoors, or you sit by the warming tabletop fire in winter and raise a glass to the winter wonderland. The impressive selection of drinks can be found in black and white on the menu. This is also true of the sophisticated starters and antipasti, salads, and pasta, meat and fish dishes, of course. However: a little surprise to hone the senses for fresh, seasonal, regional and international specialities is served, as well.
Kindermuseum Zinnober: where creativity knows no bounds
Learning by doing – the Kindermuseum Zinnober hits the mark. Here, the rule is: please touch! After all, it is only by trying, discovering, experiencing with the senses and understanding that the exhibits can be grasped in the truest sense of the word.
The themes for the changing exhibits are varied and include, for example, the fields of science, art and music – and often everyday life. What other museums hide in display cases are offered here as a hands-on experience. There is also plenty of scope for creativity in the open workshops. The ideas for future exhibitions are developed here, among other things. But this certainly doesn’t mean that the Zinnober isn’t suitable for adults. Factual information is provided for them, for example.
funXperience Hannover: dive into colourful theme worlds
funXperience in Hanover features the attractions Neon Golf and VRgalaxy. In indoor Neon Golf, you dive into a colourful 3D world of black-light minigolf.
With 3D ChromaDepth glasses, you tee off in three theme worlds: the jungle, underwater and outer space. The total of 18 minigolf courses are a blend of classics and courses developed especially for funXperience in vibrant colours and shapes. The results are entered into a loaned mobile phone. VRgalaxy is a virtual-reality set-up in which you go on various adventures in the Orient, in space or in a virtual escape room. There are plenty of action-packed, family-friendly games to choose from, whose adventures are brought to life through HTC Vive Pro VR headsets.
Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover: animal-themed trip around the world
At the Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover (Hanover Adventure Zoo), you need just a day to travel around the world – on the trail of around 2,000 animals from 182 fascinating species native to Africa, North America, Asia and Australia.
The site is split into various theme worlds: Zambezi, Afi Mountain, Yukon Bay, Jungle Palace, Outback and Meyer’s Farm, where domestic animals live. Life at the zoo revolves both around the animals themselves and the experience of interacting with them. You can, for instance, take part in a boat trip; stroll along the discovery trail; participate in animal presentations and commentated feedings; meet polar bears, penguins and seals underwater; and enjoy the local cuisine and regional dishes in each of the theme worlds.
Herrenhäuser Gardens: a destination in its own right
The area containing the individual gardens and attractions that is today known as Herrenhäuser Gardens was created in 1638 by George, Duke of Brunswick, as a kitchen garden.
His son renamed the village of Höringehusen as Herrenhausen and had a palace and pleasure garden built. Further additions, redesigns and its restoration after the Second World War now contribute to the landscape architecture. The large baroque garden, with fountains, garden theatre, rose garden and striking waterworks, remains almost unchanged. In addition, the complex includes the Berggarten, with more than 12,000 plants; the idyllic Georgengarten and Welfengarten; historic buildings with orangery; the historic grotto following redevelopment plans by Niki de Saint Phalle; and the restored palace.
Maschsee: Hanover’s maritime paradise
Since the Maschsee was artificially created around 90 years ago, it has become one of the most popular excursion destinations and recreational areas in and around Hanover.
This should come as no surprise – because the 0.8-square-kilometre attraction can be enjoyed on foot, on two or four wheels, on and in the water, relaxed or jam-packed with action. Around six kilometres of shoreline offer plenty of opportunities for strolling, jogging, cycling or inline skating. Anyone wanting to enjoy water sports should head to the south bank for a swim at the Maschsee bathing beach or rent a rowing boat, kayak, pedalo or sailing dinghy. Alternatively, boat excursions are also offered during the summer season. The Maschsee Lake Festival also takes place once a year – one of many great reasons to visit Hanover!
New Town Hall: a magnificent building on piles
Instagram tip: the New Town Hall in Hanover doesn’t just symbolise the city; it is also one of the most photographed sites in the city. From the outside, it would be very easy to confuse the mayor’s office with a castle.
The magnificent Wilhelmine building in historicist style – with turrets, bay windows, columns, arches and an almost-100-metre-high square tower with striking dome – was built on 6,026 beech piles. This construction method was crucial in preventing the building from subsiding into the swampy ground. But this came at a cost: city leaders paid more than ten million Deutschmarks. Emperor Wilhelm II personally inaugurated the New Town Hall in 1913. Those who take the curved lift to the town hall’s dome will be rewarded with a fantastic view.
Nuovo Restaurant: something new in Hanover
Restaurateur Björn Günther has made a name for himself in Hanover. He opened Nuovo, a restaurant and bar, with his son.
The food is modern Italian, with classics such as minestrone, lasagne, saltimbocca and tiramisu served alongside reinterpreted favourites like tomato soup with gin; spaghetti with truffle butter, truffle and Parmesan; pikeperch fillet with white risotto; and ‘Crema Nuovo’ with fresh berries and caramelised nuts. The selection of pinsas is also very popular here – including among vegetarians. You should treat yourself to a Nuovo cocktail either before or after your meal. You can pick and choose your favourites from 43 creations or allow an expert to guide you. The evening acquires an even-more-Italian feel if you sit outside on warm, sunny days.
Teestübchen: tea, coffee and other delights
The Teestübchen has been serving delicious hot drinks since 1970. The interior of the family-run cafe is just as historical and beautiful as its location on Ballhofplatz.
The former hair salon has been carefully fitted out with parts from various demolished buildings – the nineteenth-century pieces include grates and columns from the staircase of the former royal railway headquarters, as well as the neo-Gothic oak cabinet behind the counter – a real eye-catcher. The select tea varieties in silver pots and warmers are of course faultless, just like the cakes, which are baked to a traditional family recipe. Anyone stopping by of an evening will be able to settle down – indoors or out – with wine, sandwiches and quiches.
Roy’s Restaurant: la dolce vita in Hanover
Nothing is left to chance at Roy’s Restaurant – especially when it comes to the wine selection. There is an expert suggestion for every dish.
The pairing of food and premium wines is varied; among the producers, Roy Stache and his team have remained loyal to one in particular: the Zeni vineyard cultivates its wines in the heart of Bardolino on the beautiful moraines around Lake Garda. The characterful wines pair wonderfully with Roy’s Italian cuisine. The menu features bruschetta and vitello tonnato, as well as various pasta dishes, fish and meat. And, of course, the banquet can be rounded off with tiramisu, panna cotta or chocolate tartufo. You can enjoy your meal either in the elegant interior or on the beautiful terrace on sunny days.
Adesso delicatessen: A taste of Sicily in Hanover
Customers entering Adesso are greeted with a cheery “Benvenuti”, because delicatessen owners Marcella and Bernardo Lo Cacciato are intent on bringing not only the food but also the culture of Sicily to the people of Hanover.
The way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart is through the stomach, and the proof of that is the many regulars as well as new customers who are invariably greeted as family friends. Seating in the shop may be limited, but there are no limits to the taste experience of the southern specialities in this daytime bistro. The menu includes a variety of antipasti, a delicious selection of pasta dishes – from spaghetti al pomodoro to spaghetti con salsiccia and spaghetti calamari – as well as delicious desserts, with tiramisu taking pride of place. Tips on wine pairing are also freely provided by the Lo Cacciatos.
Aegidienkirche: a call for peace
The Aegidienkirche is the most easterly of Hanover’s three old-town churches. Constructed in the fourteenth century and named after Saint Giles (Ägidius in German), one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, this place of worship was destroyed by bombs during air raids in 1943 and was never restored.
Since 1954, its ruins have been a memorial to the Second World War and a symbol of the desire for peace. In 1958, the stump of the tower acquired a 15-metre-high steel construction on top. Twenty-five bronze bells hang inside the structure. These are struck with magnetic hammers, which, in turn, are connected to the playing cabin on the first floor of the tower. The installation has been computer-controlled since 1988, however. The ruins of the Aegidienkirche provide space for art, concerts and memorial services.
GOP. Varieté-Theater Hannover: clear the stage for art and cuisine
At GOP, the unusual and intriguing showcasing of traditional and avant-garde variety elements results in a spectacular show experience. The concept is based on the imagination, skill and cultural roots of international performers.
Each artist brings their individual abilities and style to the stage. Thus, the show becomes a complete artistic work made up of music, comedy, artistry and infotainment, as well as technology, catering and direction. While the acts beguile you, the catering team at GOP will charm you with gourmet dishes. You can choose between a two- or three-course menu in the auditorium or individually composed three-course special menu at the GOP restaurant ‘Die Gondel’.
Marienburg Castle: a symbol of love
George V of Hanover had Marienburg Castle built between 1858 and 1869 as a summer home and hunting lodge (and later widow’s residence). It’s located 135 metres above sea level on the legendary Marienberg in Pattensen. He gifted the castle to his wife, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, who called it her ‘little El Dorado’.
The architecture is spectacular, making the castle one of the most impressive neo-Gothic buildings in Germany and a popular filming location. Inside, the elaborate living space is a fascinating juxtaposition of English and German neo-Gothic styles. Depending on the time of year, you can visit this magical place with or without taking a guided tour. Separate tours around the castle grounds are offered too. You can even dine like royalty at the delightful Pink Royal Café & Pub.