WHERE TO START
Getting around in Hannover (as in any German city) is easy and efficient. The U-Bahn and the S-Bahn lines run regularly, and reach every corner and district. A ‘TagesEinzelTicket’ will cost you only 5 EUR, and will take you everywhere for the entire day.
The best way to see Hannover, however, is on foot: it is not a large city, and means that every area is walkable. This way, you get a better feel for the place, and also save yourself some money.
WHERE TO GRAB A COFFEE
The Northern side of Hannover is known to be an up-and-coming student area, and is furnished with a huge variety of quirky cafes and restaurants. My favourite is 24 Grad: a modern, eclectic place spread across two rooms – one of which is used for brewing the coffee – with mismatching armchairs dotted outside in the street. A popular student hangout, the coffee is delicious and not too pricey.
WHAT TO SEE
Although Hannover boasts a lot of intricate, impressive architecture (such as the Opera, the Hauptbahnhof and the Schloss), the most breathtaking place for me was the Neues Rathaus – or the New Town Hall. Completed in 1913, the regal exterior is only heightened by the beautiful stone and high ceilings of the interior. It is also the perfect place to learn about the city’s history, with various models of Hannover found in the main hall. The Rathaus’ gardens are equally as stunning, with its picturesque lakes and ponds.
WHERE TO EAT
For a traditional German meal in an old-style Brauhaus, try the old town’s Broyhanhaus. It serves a huge array of mouth-watering German dishes such as Schnitzel, and is very well-priced for its generous portions.
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST VIEW
Within the Neues Rathaus is its iconic tower, known for having the only arched-course lift in Europe. For a student ticket, access to the tower costs only 2 EUR (3 EUR for anyone else), and the tower provides incredible 360-degree views all across the city – the perfect photo opportunity.
WHERE TO WANDER AIMLESSLY
Hannover’s Altstade, with its colourful beamed houses and winding cobbled streets, is a popular area for tourists and locals alike to walk around. The many churches and interesting buildings that can be found in this area mean you can never tire of exploring, and often markets can be found in the squares and streets.
WHERE TO DRINK A COCKTAIL (OR TWO)
Cafe und Bar Celona, apart from having an amusing name, is a popular spot for its cocktails. Decorated with wooden furniture, palm trees and fairy lights, the outdoor seating on the streets looks onto the Marktkirche – blankets are also provided for when the nights become a bit chillier. Even more exciting is that happy hour starts every day at 9pm, and for roughly 7 EUR per cocktail, it’s impossible to stop after only one.
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