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// MAY 2018
City Break
Hannover Lower Saxony
Hannover Lower Saxony
Hannover Lower Saxony
Hannover Lower Saxony
Hannover Lower Saxony
Hannover Lower Saxony

Hannover

 

Hannover 3rd of May
Great Breakfast

Our day started the best way possible, since the sun was shining and the sky was blue and clear. In a glorious morning like that we would be able to enjoy a great walking in the spring like Hannover, which had welcomed us with the best weather we could ever have imagined!

After a very nice breakfast, where we honored the really excellent coffee and the rich buffet, we left the hotel and started exploring the roads around it, since we wanted to take an idea of the picturesque and lovely neighborhood we were in.
 


Beautiful houses with whole green, well taken care gardens (spring had truly come in Hannover!) pedestrian streets, parents with their children and pets enjoying the sunny day and blossoming flowers everywhere! The ideal neighborhood for a family to live in…  Clean and wide streets and excellent signage to the nearby fascinating forest…
 


After having admired the neighborhood which seemed as if it had come out of another, more beautiful and innocent era,


Beautiful forest!!!

we crossed the road behind our hotel and found ourselves in the fascinating forest Eilenriede , which is in the possession of the city of Hannover for over than 600 years now, while it covers a huge area of 640 hectares. It is the largest forest/park in the heart of a European city, larger in size than Hyde Park in London and Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
 


The inhabitants of Hannover adore their forest and have created excellent cycle lanes so as to enjoy cycling in it. There are also many playgrounds, beer taverns and small restaurants scattered in Eilenriede. The vegetation is dense, the trees are centenarian and one can spot many animals, like deer, foxes, squirrels and thousands of birds too.  
 


We couldn’t stop admiring the beautiful blossoming trees and the luscious green landscape. We kept walking and eventually reached the amazing tour Lister Turm. It is an historic monument that dates back to the 14nth century, when the protective walls of the city were constructed. 34 towers in total were part of the walls (apart from Lister Turm there are still a few that have survived till today in Hannover. They are the towers: Pferdeturm, Döhrener Turm, Beginenturm).
 


Today the tower’s garden is transformed into one of the most popular beer gardens in Hannover, Lister Turm Biergarten. During the lovely spring and summer days the visitor can enjoy many varieties of German beer and accompany them with sausages and French fries. One may even find… Greek Gyros with pita bread there!
 


We left behind us the beautiful forest and the emblematic tower and carried on walking towards the center of Hannover.


Walking down the streets of the city!!!

We passed by a pedestrian zone, where shopping stores, flower shops, small ethnic restaurants, cafés and a band with very talented street musicians attracted our attention.
 


We kept wondering in the nice streets and at some point we passed by Hannover’s Opera. It is a very impressive theater which was constructed in Classical Architectural Rhythm, in between 1845 and 1852, based on a plan drawn by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves. The building was destroyed almost completely during World War II and was reconstructed again in 1948. In 1985 the acoustics were improved and between 1996 and 1998 the stage equipment was also restored completely.  
 


Our walk continued towards the beautiful square Hanns-Lilje-Platz, which took its name by the Bishop of Hannover  Hanns Lilje (1899-1977). The historic central building is built in North German Gothic style and hosts a hotel and an event venue that belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hannover. The nearby buildings are also properties of the Lutheran Church and host various religious institutions.  
 


We wanted to visit the old town of Hannover next day, so we didn’t continue our walking towards the historic center. We passed by it, though, and eventually we found ourselves at a really beautiful street, the Bödekerstraße,  with its amazing jewels/buildings that date back to the 19th century and were reconstructed after their destruction during the bombardments of World War II.
 


Many of them are six storey constructions and while they have kept the refinement and style of another era externally, they are completely renovated internally. They are definitely unique, but the rental prices in this area are much above average and only a few have the privilege of living here.
 


The main destination for our first day in Hannover was the New Town Hall, one of the most important landmarks of the city.
 


The New Town Hall was however, ceremonially opened on 20 June 1913, after 12 years building time, during the reign of the emperor Wilhelm the II. It is a magnificent construction that resembles a castle and its architectural Rhythm is the Eclecticism. It is situated to the southern part of the city, right outside of the historic center of Hannover. 
 


It is surrounded by 10 hectares of vegetation and has stunning views to the city and to the Lake Maschsee too. Its construction cost at the time the astronomical amount of 10.000 Mark and there was a project of the great architects Hermann Eggert and Gustav Halmhuber. The dome of the building with the observation platform reaches the 92mt. The diagonal lift that leads to it is unique in the whole Europe since it follows the shape of the dome on the way up.


Amazing views to the city and lake!!!

At the lift’s exit there are a few more steps and the visitor is then out to the observation platform. We were extremely lucky, since the good weather allowed us to get out there and enjoy a breath taking view of the city and the Lake Maschsee from above. Going up there with the unbelievably amazing lift of such a refined architecture was a fascinating experience in itself…
 


The New Town Hall suffered severe damage during the bombarding of World War II, but was reconstructed like almost all the historic buildings in Hannover, a few years later. Four scale models of Hannover are on permanent display under the nearly one hundred meters high dome of the town hall lobby, showing the city as it was in the Middle Ages, before World War II , the destruction of 1945 and the townscape of today. The scale model showing the destruction of 1945 gives the visitor an idea about the extended damage that the city suffered at those years.


There are some moments in life that the human being realizes very clearly the evil that the war brings to the lives of the people and the destruction to all the beautiful human creations…And this is, unfortunately, applicable for all the people, with no exception, regardless of being on the side of the winners or on the side of the defeated. As for us, it was impossible not to have a moment of awareness, sadness and skepticism at the same time, while looking at those scale models…  
 


Little “delicious” stops...

When we left the New Town Hall we headed towards the Central Train Station of Hannover, (Hannover Hauptbahnhof ). But before crossing the pedestrian zone of Nicki –de-Saint-Phalle Promenade which would lead us there, we had a stop at the famous  Hollaendische Kakao-Stube , the most popular meeting point for friends who want to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with fresh cream, a great coffee or to choose among a huge variety of excellent sweets, either traditionally German or something well known internationally, like the exquisite tiramisu and the unique cheesecakes. The café functions for more than 100 years and the whole atmosphere has something aristocratic and refined that comes from an older era.
 


So, we enjoyed lovely hot chocolate and delicious sweets too and, while we were discussing about all the sightseeing we had seen, it was impossible not to notice the immaculate and kind manners of a young waiter who was helping an old lady with special needs sitting nearby on her wheel chair. He had offered discreetly his assistance to her so as to be comfortable by her table, opened on her behalf her bag and wallet helping her to pay and then he had closed them both and handed them back to her with respect, while thanking her at the same time for having chosen the café for her leisure time. We had already noticed how much the Germans respect the elderly, the animals, the enviroment and the privacy of the other people. The respect to people with special needs was simply one more confirmation of a very particular mentality that honors the citizens of a country, no matter which one it is. We, as travelers need to underline such civilized behaviors and to mention them…​
 


When you search, you discover....

After our wonderful little brake, we continued our walk till the Central Train Station of Hannover. 662 trains and 250.000 passengers pass by this station daily, while at the same time 2.000 people work in it. We walked down the basement, where Nicki –de-Saint-Phalle Promenade continues and we saw many interesting shops and also some excellent little restaurants with fusion tastes from Far East.
 


The food is really good, as we found out ourselves, when we tried a very tasty and exotic dish of the Thai Cuisine. The price was very reasonable too. Really good value for money!

We went to the upper floor using the escalators and then went out to the famous Ernst-August-Platz,


Meeting point...

where the statue of King Ernst August is situated. The statue is one of the most popular meeting points for the inhabitants of Hannover.
 


The reign of King Ernst August lasted from 1837 to1851. He was uncle of Queen Victoria of Britain and also the 5th son of King George the 3rd.   

The bronze statue was created in 1861 and is situated upon a basement of granite where it is written the phrase “Dedicated to the Father of the Nation by his loyal people”

From then on we continued our walk till the historic astronomical clock Kröpcke and eventually arrived at the famous square Platz der Weltausstellung with its fantastic shops, a real paradise, particularly for women, when it comes to expensive clothes, perfumes and other products of the cosmetic industry.
 


Pure Pleasure!!!

After having spent a really wonderful day, filled with amazing experiences and images, we took the road back to our hotel and discovered accidentally the lovely tapas bar Sausalitos where we enjoyed great and really generous cocktails, which we accompanied with spicy Spanish potatoes, burritos and tortillas. We also tried the variety of hot and spicy dips that came along with our dishes and found them excellent!
 


Our hotel was not very far from there. In any case, Hannover is very easy and pleasant to walk to and we had to digest our Thai and Mexican food. Not to mention the huge sweets we had also eaten at the Hollaendische Kakao-Stube!

With all our senses satisfied and quiet tired of walking, truth be told, we returned to our hotel. After a relaxing and luxurious bath we went to bed early, since next day we were going to visit the Old Town of Hannover and we were absolutely sure that it wouldn’t disappoint us!

Country: Germany
Date: 2018
Route: Germany-Hannover
Cities: Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony
Duration: 6
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Population: 532.163
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Country: Germany
Date: 2018
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Cities: Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony
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Population: 532.163
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Country: Germany
Date: 2018
Route: Germany-Hannover
Cities: Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony, Hannover Lower Saxony
Duration: 6 days
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Population: 532.163
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