Easy-going, tolerant, laid-back: these are possibly the best words to describe the way of life in Hannover. Stroll around the Herrenhausen Gardens and the enchanting alleyways of the Old Town, relax by Lake Maschsee in the heart of the city or let the sheer diversity of the Hannover holiday region surprise you. The lively city centre is perfect for a large dose of retail therapy before refreshing and replenishing in one of the many restaurants and cafés. Hannover is a city of international flair with its visitors from all over the world, while also enjoying an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and an almost endless range of studies on offer.
Enjoy Hannover’s distinctive neighbourhoods
It’s not just students that like living in Hannover. Relaxed outlooks on life, pretty squares with cafés and boutiques and plenty of natural beauty—the various areas of Hannover are as diverse as their inhabitants.
The Nordstadt is home to a colourful population of students, young families, old-timers and no shortage of unique characters, with a relaxed, tolerant and amicable attitude to life. The locals love to meet for a chat in the cafés on Engelbosteler Damm, a picnic on the lawns of the Welfen Garden or a tipple in the various popular bars.
No, not a part of Hannover, Hannover is an appendage of Linden – all of Linden agrees on that! The areas to right and left of the Limmerstraße and around Lindener Marktplatz host a vibrant hustle and bustle of students, academics, bon vivants and Lindener originals. Linden has an abundance of pubs, cafés, kiosks and restaurants and is a real insiders’ tip with its many small shops, boutiques and street art, the kind which can only be expected in such a laid-back neighbourhood.
Lister Meile and the Podbielskistraße are List’s two main arteries. Families value the peaceful, civil atmosphere, the beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and the wide array of shops in the area. List is a great place to meet for a coffee or a glass of fine wine, go to a concert or enjoy Hannover’s green oasis – the municipal forest of Eilenriede.
A bit of Eilenriede and a whole lot of Lake… that’s what makes the Südstadt worth living in. The forest and Lake Maschsee are perfect local recreation spots located just five minutes from the city centre. It’s rumoured that singles prefer this area, maybe because a jog around the Maschsee creates the ideal conditions for a bit of flirting… Recently, more and more students have started moving to the Südstadt, but the area remains comparatively quiet.
A must-see in Hannover are the Royal Gardens in Herrenhausen, an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture, that ranks among the most important historical gardens in Europe.
Old town district
Experience medieval Hannover in the charming Old Town, with its styling boutiques and inviting cafés and restaurants. Relax on the place Ballhof Platz or at the banks of the river Leine. On Saturdays, Germany’s oldest flea market takes place here. And if you want to see more highlights just follow the red thread—the 2.6-mile path runs the Hannover and will bring you new insights.
The New Town Hall is not just a landmark, it also offers visitors an exciting ride to the top of the cupola on the world’s only parabola lift. The dome offers a wonderful view over the whole city, and you can even see the Harz mountains on a clear day.
A maritime paradise right in the city centre! The lake Maschsee offers a recreational area in the heart of the city, both on water and all around: for yachting, canoeing and pedal boating; for joggers, skaters and strollers. Or just relax with a cold drink in one of the idyllic beer gardens around.
Right in the middle of things!
If you want to go shopping in Hannover, you can start as soon as you come out of the Central Station onto Ernst August Platz. On the right is the Ernst August Galerie; down the steps, one floor below ground level, is the Niki de Saint Phalle Promenade with Bahnhofstrasse above it – all inviting places for the shopper, the stroller and the gourmet. And if you go on straight ahead, you will come to Kröpcke and Georgstrasse.
Party & Nightlife
Pubs, cocktail bars, clubs playing every kind of music— Hannover’s party district exerts a magnetic pull. Not only at the weekend—every evening, creative actors put on a range of music events, either live or with a DJ. From small select clubs to huge dance halls, the city has something for everyone.
Festivals and celebrations in Hannover
It’s almost impossible to count the opportunities Hannover offers for exuberant celebrations. Festivities great and small, open-air events, live music, unusual kinds of festival – the calendar of events is bursting at the seams. Highlights are undisputedly the Lake Maschsee Festival and the International Fireworks Competition.
Studying and working in Hannover
Hannover stands out with its diverse higher education and research landscape—with academic excellence and an almost endless range of studies on offer. 47000 students including 6000 from abroad studying at 11 universities.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover is the second biggest university in Lower Saxony with around 28,000 students. The Hannover Medical School (MHH) is renowned worldwide and sets international standards with innovative transplant medicine. Other institutions such as the Hannover University for Applied Sciences and Arts, the University of Veterinary Medicine and Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) offer a wide range of study programmes – from business, law and medicine to science, technology and humanities and the arts.
And after university? Hannover is still a good choice: The Lower Saxon state capital is a key location in the North German economy, with outstanding future prospects for professionals thanks to renowned multinationals and pioneering industries. What’s more, a diverse cultural programme, varied local recreation areas and affordable living spaces make for a high quality of life.
Arrive in Hannover in just an hour from different UK airports, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Jersey. Hannover is located in the middle of Europe, directly at the A7 and A2 motorways and the Deutsche Bahn high-speed rail network.
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This article was written in partnership with Hannover Tourismus