The entire globe descends upon Hannover when it has its mega-massive exhibitions that are world-famous. Owing to the colossal World Expo that occurred in 2000, the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxon has acquired a reputation of being the 'Expo City' or 'Exhibition City'. This German metropolis is now one of the nation's most affluent ones out there and is a delicious mis-mash of the old with the new.
When in Hannover, be sure to tour the historic old city quarter which has a lot to offer from the ancient structures that takes you back to the bygone era as well as showcases an incredible variety of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. Stroll around the picturesque Marktplatz and you will find several historic buildings, in the hub of the Old Town.
Out of the many out there, one of the most significant one is the 15th-century Late Gothic Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). It is an incredible representation of the ornate red brickwork mostly associated with Lower Saxony and one of the focal points of the old marketplace. Moreover, there is the extraordinary Neo-Gothic Market Fountain, erected in 1881. Other highlights is the Marktkirche (Market Church) with its 97-meter-high tower piercing into the sky. Stroll around Kramerstrasse for it retains the vibe of the old Hannover with its gorgeous half-timbered homes.
Spend some time at Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) - launched in 1913 sporting incredible architecture and copper-coated dome. It is now since the city's iconic landmark. Visitors can move up the dome via a unique curving life and catch incredible panoramic vistas of the metropolis and Maschsee. Those who wish to spend some quiet time as well as enjoy summer boat trips or illuminated evening cruises (including dinner) ought to take a trip to Maschsee Lake. The lake is fringed by entertainment avenues with numerous restaurants, beer gardens and a casino. It is the ideal setting for famous festivals, during the summer months.
One of the most popular attractions of Hannover is the scenic and stunning Herrenhauser Gardens. In the summer months, there are festivals, fireworks and theater performances. It is made up of the Great Garden, the Berggarten, the Georgengarten and the Welfengarten. The Great Garden is renowned to be the most striking baroque formal gardens of Europe while the Berggarten has been converted from a simple vegetable garden into a huge botanical garden with many attractions. Both Georgengarten and the Welfengarten have been designed in the style of English gardens, both regarded as famed recreation zones for Hannover.
Housed in the Herrenhauser Gardens, the Sea Life Hannover is an aquarium that kids would love to visit and explore. It is a tropical underwater world and showcases life from the shores of the Caribbean to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon. One of the features is the deep-water tank with an 8m-long (26ft) glass tunnel. Spanning over 112 hectares, a day at Tiergarten will surely make you appreciate wild-life even more as there is a large number of animals residing there including birds, bats and red deer. Often described as Hannover's 'green lungs', Eilenride park and zoo encompasses over 650 hectares. The northern part of the park is home to a bird sanctuary and the Erlenbnis Zoo includes over 2,600 animals.
Some of the museums worth visiting are: Lower Saxony State Museum (paintings and sculptures covering 9 centuries as well as exhibits archaeological, ethnological and natural history exhibits), Sprengel Museum (important centers of modern art in Germany) and Kestner-Museum (home to a collection of Egyptian, Roman, Cypriot, Etruscan, Italian, Greek and German arts and crafts exhibits spanning 6,000 years).
When it comes to shopping, there are several popular shopping districts that are popular such as Georgstrasse and the nearby Bahnhofstrasse that are quite popular with trendy shops, chic boutiques and sprawling shopping complexes. If you're looking to shop in a more traditional way then head over to the Market Hall in the Old Town which comprises of an extensive array of fresh produce and international delicacies. Foodies can dig into German sausages or chug down a good beer.
The stay options in Hannover are plenty with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments or cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Hannover experiences oceanic climate. The best time to visit is when the city holds many festivals. Autumn and Spring temperatures are comfortable. During autumn, the world-famous Oktoberfest occurs, so if you're a beer enthusiast, come over to have a good time.