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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 4rth of May
The Old Town...Journey to another era!!!

We woke up early in the morning and before visiting the Old Town we walked to the other side of our hotel’s neighborhood, not towards the forest but towards the nearby central road, towards Podbielskistrasse, where the tram leading to the center of the city passes. We discovered a really beautiful and classic German Bakery with small breads of all kinds and excellent fresh croissants, where from we bought some before heading by foot towards the city.  We noticed a very pretty café too, the Finesse, which we would visit the next day and would enjoy excellent German waffles that are prepared immediately after the order and served hot and fresh. 

Hannover, as we have already mentioned is very easy to walk to, so it didn’t take us long to reach the Old Town, where the visitor has the feeling that is transferred to another, very old and distant era…We would follow the very well known Red Thread, which is painted on the pavement, is 4.200mt long and would lead us, practically, so as to be properly oriented in the Old Town and to make sure that we wouldn’t miss any of its many fascinating sightseeing.
 


But, in any case, what we see today and is called Old Town or Altstadt is not really the pre-war Medieval Town with its narrow roads and the half timbered buildings. Hannover was destroyed almost completely after the bombarding in the World Wat II and very few of those beautiful medieval houses remained still standing after the war. Moreover there were scattered in different areas of the city of Hanover. Whatever was left and could be transferred, facades mainly, was concentrated in the oldest neighborhood and in a way a “New Old Town” was reconstructed.
 


But, regardless of all the above, there is something really fascinating, even to this reconstructed from scratch new historic center. And first of all its two very old churches.

The Old Town would never be the same without its majestic Gothic Church Marktkirche built in the 14nth century in the heart of  Altstadt with its magnificent tower and the four pointy pediments. The church was supposed to have a higher tower, but due to the plague that hit the town in 1360 the money weren’t enough for it to be completed and therefore the bell tower was simply added to the already existing half construction. Although the church was bombarded during World War II, it remained standing and some amazing stained windows survived, along with a few beautiful carvings depicting the Passions of Christ, all covered with leaves of gold. There is also a statue of Martin Luther right in front of the church’s entrance.
 


Of great importance too is also the church Kreuzkirche, which dates back to the 17nth century, when a new construction replaced the initial one which was built in 1333 but had collapsed by then.  
 


Kreuzkirche is situated near the square Ballhofplatz and also near the building Ballhof, which was built between 1649 to1694 and initially it was used as an internal area for sports, when the weather was not allowing athletic activities outdoors. Much later it became theater and today it hosts the beautiful historic café Teestuebchen, which we had the pleasure to visit too. 
 


At this particular café there are more than 40 kinds of tea and also many delicious cakes and sandwiches. The square  Ballhofplatz was created in the decade of 1930 in an effort of reconstruction of the area, when many of the old buildings were demolished.

Some of the most beautiful houses with the characteristic half timbered facades are to be found in Burgstrasse
 


Among the sightseeing of the Old Town that really impressed us was the Leibnizhaus. Initially built in 1499, it was renovated in 1652 and there was home to the great philosopher Leibniz from1676 till 1716, year of his death.  This really beautiful house was completely destroyed also during the World War II and its facade was reconstructed based upon some ruins and old photos. The building behind the facade is absolutely modern.
 


But, regardless of the numerous destructions, through the reconstruction efforts of a town that had been lost, the people of Hannover managed to recreate an extremely atmospheric place with character and fairy tale charm.
 




There are countless cafés, really for all tastes, beer houses, restaurants, small bookstores, little old toy shops, shops of any kind really and the Old Town is always busy and radiant with good mood and charm.
 


It is a unique and amazing experience for visitors to walk on its roads and to discover continuously beautiful new corners and interesting things. After having bought some pretty presents for friends and relatives back home, we sat again at one more café , probably among the most beautiful and characteristic ones of the area and enjoyed excellent latte coffee, before taking some more photos of this alluring, fairy tale place, which, in a way, had managed to travel us back in time.

Of course we didn’t forget to take some photos of one of the remaining towers of the old fortification of the city of Hannover, the famous Beginenturm.
 


Something comfy and a little… exotic!!!

It was getting dark when we left the historic center. We were planning to visit the artificial lake of Hannover next day, where we would be able to taste some of the local specialties. For this evening we wanted to try something comfy and a little bit…exotic. So we decided to dine to the very nice Indian restaurant Taj Mahal which had a very warm, cozy and friendly atmosphere. We ordered Indian bread naan with garlic, vegetable pies samosas, hot curry vindaloo and sweet curry korma, which we accompanied with vegetable rice.  We completed our dinner with Indian ice cream and tired, but happy for one more day with plenty of images and great impressions, we finally returned to our hotel so as to rest.
 


Next day, we would hire bicycles and would go to the Lake Maschsee and also to the beautiful Botanic Garden, Berggarten.

 We already knew that these destinations were two landmarks of Hannover and were longing to visit them. But if we wanted to enjoy them, we should definitely get first a good night’s sleep, so as to have strength for walking and cycling too!

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
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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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