The present-day capital of Lower Saxony, hannover dates back to the 12th century. The area has close historical links to Britain. hannover's main attractions are the gardens of Herrenhausen which were laid out from the 17th century onwards. The gardens include a fantastic maze, botannical gardens, modern hot houses and two museums. They are great places to simply relax and wander. Beer lovers will enjoy hannover's two main brews: Gilde and Herrenhausen
Location: Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), north Germany.
Country dialling code: 49.
Population: 522,500 (city); 1.1 million (metropolitan area).
Ethnic Mix: 95.4% white, 4.6% other.
Religion: 41.7% Protestant, 38.6% other or no religion, 15.1% Catholic, 4.6% Muslim.
Time zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
Average January temp: 3║C (37.5║F).
Average July temp: 21║C (73.5║F).
Annual rainfall: 644mm (25.4 inches).
Hannover: An Overview
hannover is a great city with centuries of history behind it. Here people meet "under the tail" of the Ernst-August statue's horse in front of the Main Station. Another meeting point is the Kr÷pcke-clock, a few minutes straight ahead. Here you are in the middle of hannover's shopping district, with the usual range of department stores. Opposite, there is more to see on Georgstrasse, above all the Opera House.
Further on you will find the memorial for the Jewish victims of National Socialism.
Almost just opposite, you will find hannover's most expensive shopping boulevard where jewellers, perfurmeries and expensive boutiques await potential customers. In the evening the GOP and the New Theatre offer entertainment.
In the summer, on Sunday mornings, people meet in the Georgstra▀e for the "Schorsenbummel", with music and open-air bars. This traditional "stroll" dates back to King Georg II, "Schorse" is hannover's nickname for George.