Großer Garten

Großer Garten, Herrenhäuser Gärten, Hannover

The Großer Garten (great garden) is the centerpiece of the Herrenhäuser Gärten and the most important tourist highlight of Hannover, Germany. It is a vast French formal garden that is seen as one of the most significant of its kind. The garden has a rectangular shape and is 905 meters long and 555 meters wide. It dates back to the 17th century CE.

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Berggarten

Berggarten, Herrenhäuser Gärten, Hannover

In 1666 the House of Welf was in need of a place to grow vegetables and created the Berggarten on a sand dune from the last glacial period (therefore the name ‘mountain garden‘). Later greenhouses were built to grow rice, tobacco and morus plants. Since the year 1750 it is solely a botanical garden and one of the oldest in Germany. It also contains a mausoleum for members of the House of Welf.

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Townhall or castle?

Neues Rathaus, Hannover

It is one of the most beautiful townhall buildings in Germany: the Neues Rathaus at Hannover. That is a bit confusing as the ‘new’ townhall is already pretty old – it was built between 1903 and 1911 CE. It became necessary as the old townhall building from the year 1230 became too small because of the massive expansion of the city. It really looks like a castle and is still in use today – as the seat of the administration and the mayor.

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Landtag

Niedersächsischer Landtag, Hannover

Next to the river Leine in the center of Hannover, Germany you can find a building with Greek columns in front: the Niedersächsischer Landtag, the parliament of the federal state of Lower Saxony. It is located in the Leineschloss – a former castle in neoclassical style that was used by the kings of Hannover until 1866. Now the representatives of the people rule there.

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Dark arts

Marktkirche, Hannover

When you arrive at the central railway station of Hannover, Germany and walk towards the city center you can’t overlook a church tower made of red bricks. It belongs to the Marktkirche St. Georgii et Jacobi, a protestant church. Easily visible are also the special shapes on the outside of the tower: a pentagram in a ring and two hexagrams with each a clock inside.

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Not too far away

prizotel, Hannover

When I first checked into a prizeotel (close to the railway station of Bremen, Germany) I immediately fell in love with their concept. It’s simple, with vibrant colours and the design of the rooms is simply clever. If that’s something you like too, this cheap design hotel chain might be a good choice for you. The one in Hannover, Germany is a little bit aside but not too far away from the main railway station.

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QWERTZ

Letter from QWERTZ-Buchstabenladen, Hannover

All around us in cities there are illuminated letters: company names, advertisements, signs. But where do they go when they’re not needed anymore? Some of them have a second life, get refurbished and decorate the homes of people. A nice place where you can buy your initials in different shapes, colours and sizes – from 20 centimeters to two meters – is the QWERTZ-Buchstabenladen in Hannover, Germany.

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