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Introduction / About Hanover

Green and lovely Hanover (German: Hannover) was founded in the early Middle Ages on the bank of the river Leine. The town’s original name “Honovere” can be translated as "high bank". Originally built as a small village of ferrymen and fishermen, Hanover became a comparatively large town in the 13th century.

After Hanover had become duchy in 1636 it “shared” its kings with the British Empire; three kings of Great Britain (after 1800, kings of the United Kingdom) were at the same time Electoral Princes of Hanover. Over the centuries Hanover stayed royal residence, expanded to the western bank of the Leine and grew considerably until World War II. After the war the city became the capital of the new German Federal State of Lower Saxony and today has a population of about 500,000.

Hanover has become famous for hosting commercial expositions such as the CeBIT and the Hanover Fair. In the year 2000 the World EXPO took place here. Due to numerous extensions especially for this event the Hanover fairground presently is the largest one in the world.


What to See

Beside the hustle and bustle of the fairs and numerous events Hanover is the perfect place to rest from everyday’s trouble. Acres of Baroque-style gardens, countless leafy parks, beautiful lake Masch and Europe’s largest city forest invite you to relax. Probably the most beautiful amongst these locations is “Herrenhäuser Gärten”, a unique baroque park with landscape gardens in the most various styles.

Hanover’s changeful history and its great art and culture offer sights and flair for any age or taste. The city is literally packed with places of interest, ranging from the Old and the New Town Hall to an amazing number of castles and churches on such a small surface.

If you like adventure the extraordinary arranged Hanover Zoo will take you on an exciting animal safari round the world.

Take your time to explore the city and its sights – it will be worth your while!

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