After checking out all of the sights and sounds around Hannover, put your feet up and relax at a wonderful hotel near Hannover Airport.
Herrenhäuser GärtenDistance from Hannover Airport: 11.3mi / 18.2km
Although little remains of the original palace buildings, the Herrenhausen Gardens are one of the city’s most popular attractions, particularly during the summer months with festivals, Baroque fireworks and theatre performances. The symmetrical Baroque landscape of the Great Garden (Grosser Garten) was laid out by Duke Johann Friedrich of Calenberg at the end of the seventeenth century and includes the oldest hedge theatre in Europe, an enormous fountain – 70m (230ft) at full pressure, and ornamental flower beds.
Tel: (0511) 1684 7576.
Transport: Light-rail 4 & 5 (Herrenhäuser Gärten).
Sprengel-MuseumDistance from Hannover Airport: 8.6mi / 13.8km
Opened in 1979, the museum combines the endowment of Dr Bernhard Sprengel with the twentieth-century art collections of the state of Lower Saxony and the city of Hanover. Offering a comprehensive, educational programme, it now rates as one of the most important centres of modern art in Germany. Exciting exhibitions of contemporary art, photography and new media complement a permanent collection of modern classics, including works by Picasso, Klee and Schwitters.
Tel: (0511) 1684 3875. Fax: (0511) 1684 5093.
Transport: Bus 250.
Rathaus (Town Hall)Distance from Hannover Airport: 8.2mi / 13.2km
Object of derision when it opened in 1913, the monumental architecture and copper-coated dome of Hanover’s ‘new’ Town Hall have since made it the city’s main landmark. Visitors can ascend the dome by means of the unique curving lift for an excellent bird’s-eye view of the city and Maschsee. Below the dome, the huge, vaulted central hall houses four models of the city, representing Hanover’s growth, destruction and reconstruction from 1689 to the present day.
Tel: (0511) 1684 2292.
Transport: U-Bahn Aegidientorplatz or Waterloo-Platz.
Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum (Lower Saxony State Musuem)Distance from Hannover Airport: 8.4mi / 13.5km
This museum is housed in a neo-Renaissance building opposite the Maschpark. It contains a selection of paintings and sculptures spanning nine centuries, as well as interesting archaeological, ethnological and natural history exhibits. Stars of the archaeological collection are the bodies of a prehistoric man found in the local peat bogs.
Tel: (0511) 98075. Fax: (0511) 380 7640.
Transport: U-Bahn Aegidientorplatz.
EilenriedeDistance from Hannover Airport: 13.8mi / 22.2km
Eilenriede park is virtually a city forest and Hanover’s true “green lungs”. It covers an area of 650 hectares, larger than Central Park in New York. The park comprises woodland and meadows criss-crossed by a network of paths and fitness trails dotted with numerous monuments, a minigolf course, a toboggan slope, restaurants, cafés and beer gardens.
Tel: (0511) 280 740 (zoo). Fax: (0511) 2807 4122 (zoo).
Transport: U-Bahn Zoo.
MaschseeDistance from Hannover Airport: 9.7mi / 13.6km
The Maschsee, a 68-hectare (168-acre) lake, was dug out between 1934 and 1936 and provides the city with an enviable aquatic playground. Boat trips for DM10 or illuminated evening cruises including dinner can be enjoyed from April to October from Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer. The lake is surrounded by parkland with a number of restaurants, beer gardens and a casino on its shores. In summer it provides a perfect setting for a popular cultural and entertainment festival.
Tel: (0511) 700 950 (boat trips). Fax: (0511) 700 0582.
Transport: U-Bahn Schlägerstrasse, Geibelstrasse, Altenbekener Damm or Döhrener Turm; or bus 250.