Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Hannover

Hannover is a city of great contrast in its skyline, since it is famous for two things: having the best modern exhibition center in the world and for its beautiful classical and renaissance architecture. The city gives its visitors a two-way impression when visiting the world class hi-tech CeBI and walking among the historic streets feeling the spirit of centuries past in the old facades. Take our Architectural Tour to see the most impressive buildings in the city.
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Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Germany » Hannover (See other walking tours in Hannover)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: kane
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lower Saxony State Museum
  • New City Hall
  • Wangenheim-Palais
  • Leineschloss
  • Leibniz House
  • Hannover History Museum
  • Anzeiger-Hochhaus
Lower Saxony State Museum

1) Lower Saxony State Museum (must see)

The Lower Saxony State Museum is located opposite the City Hall in a superb neo-Renaissance building built in the 19th century. The museum features a large collection of artwork, statues and artifacts from the medieval period right through to the 20th century. Additionally, there are exhibitions within the museum that are devoted to natural history, ethnology and archaeology. Originally called the Museum of Art and Science it was renamed and relocated in 1902 when its collections outgrew available space. The building’s cupola was severely damaged during WWII, but the whole museum underwent extensive renovations in 1995 in preparation for Expo 2000.

The State Gallery features artwork from as far back as the 11th century all the way to the 21st century. There are Renaissance and Baroque pieces along with paintings by German masters and impressionists. In the natural history section, there is a life-size dinosaur as well as a vivarium where more than 2000 species from Lower Saxony region are displayed. The archaeology section is truly impressive with artifacts that showcase more than 500,000 years of human history. The ethnology exhibition has more than 20,000 artifacts from cultures and religions all around the world.

Why You Should Visit:
Truly a world-class gallery – you'll be very surprised at the scope of the collection.
Bright, expansive rooms, modern exhibition concepts and informative descriptions.
Children will love the little aquarium with the piranhas and other exotic species, as well as the opportunities to touch and discover things.

Take a close look at the ichthyosaur – it's virtually unique in having embryos fossilized inside of it!
On the ground floor, try the very nice café that faces out towards the inner courtyard.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am–5pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm
Free admission on Fridays
Sight description based on wikipedia
New City Hall

2) New City Hall (must see)

The name – New Town Hall of Hannover – is somewhat misleading, since the "old" town hall was a medieval building. New City Hall is more than a century old having been built in 1901. Its design is more reminiscent of a palace than a municipal building – fittingly so, since at the time it was built, Hannover was the capital of an independent kingdom. It cost 10 million Marks to build, which was an extortionate amount at that time. In 1913 when it was officially opened by the city director at the time, Heinrich Tramm said in the presence of Emperor Wilhelm II: "10 million Marks, Your Majesty – and all paid for in cash."

The New Town Hall draws on a range of architectural styles, but there are some very impressive features, one of which is the unique elevator that climbs 43 meters on an angle of 15 degrees to reach the top of the dome. A trip in the elevator is not only an exciting experience but affords a fantastic view out over the city as the top of the dome tops 100 meters. Today the New Town Hall functions as the mayor's residence, the seat of the municipal government and there are also permanent exhibitions relating to the history of Hannover.

Why You Should Visit:
The building alone is beautiful on the outside, is free to get in and look around and there are several models of the city inside.
The park next to it, green and clean with big old trees and a lovely lake on one end is perfect to just lay and enjoy the weather.

Pay a few euros and take the elevator to the dome. With its glass floor, the view up and down is brilliant!
Once you emerge from the shaft you have to take several spiral staircases to the very top of the dome.
Be prepared to be blown away by the wind and by the incredible views of Hannover itself.
Finally, you can have a casual lunch or tea in the beautifully appointed restaurant.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

3) Wangenheim-Palais

The Wangenheim Palais was built between 1829 and 1833 as a palace for the Earl of Wangenheim. It was designed by George Ludwig Friedrich Laves and is considered to be the first classical style building in Hannover. King George of Hannover bought the palace from the earl in 1851. King George then made it into his personal residence and he lived there for more than a decade. The palace was to accommodate the royal family for only a short period of time as it was used as a city hall between 1863 and 1913. The palace was extensively damaged during World War II and in the 1950s it was converted into the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economics.

In 1841, a winter garden was added to the building, making it even more stylized than it was originally. The façade of the palace is highly decorative and features six Tuscan columns, along with the front door in the form of wings. The Wangenheim Palace is located close to the New City Hall and the Leineschloss, making it convenient to visit the three impressive buildings in one stint. Although the property is used by the government, it is open at certain times for guided tours.

4) Leineschloss (must see)

The Leineschloss is the building for the Parliament of Lower Saxony, which is comprised of 152 members. The building was originally a Franciscan monastery, established in the 12th century, but has been used by the parliament since 1962. Not only is it considered to be one of the city’s most beautiful, but it is also a monument to the political history of the region. In the past, the building was home to the House of Hannover royal family, a dynasty that had absolute power over its people. In 1637, during the Thirty Year War, the Duke George of Calenberg decided to make Hannover and the Leineschloss his home. The monastery was totally renovated in order to make it a home fit for ostentatious royalty.

When in 1714 Elector George Ludwig became George I of Britain, a new alliance between the two nations was struck. However, this left the Leineschloss without a resident and it would stay that way for 123 years – only being used infrequently for official state occasions. In 1816 renovations were begun on the building and the results can still be seen to this day, with a neo-classical portico added and further detailing to the facade. During World War II, much of the building was damaged and it stood as a shell for 10 years until it was finally brought back to its original splendor.

Why You Should Visit:
Very chic, extensively renovated building with a great location right on the river bank.
Perfect in the mornings to walk around, take a sit in the nearby park and enjoy.

You're not allowed inside as a tourist, but feel free to take photos from outside.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 8:30am-4:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Leibniz House

5) Leibniz House

The Leibniz House was originally built in 1499 as a renaissance mansion, and is named after the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Its facade was destroyed during World War II but finely rebuilt, and nowadays stands as a perfect example of a renaissance building.
Hannover History Museum

6) Hannover History Museum (must see)

The Hannover History Museum recounts the history of Hannover and the region since the foundation of the city in 1100 to the present day. The museum is divided into different sections, one of which focuses on the strong ties between Hannover and the English Royal Family between 1714 and 1834. Seamlessly combining the museum with tangible local history, it is housed in the Beginenturm, which is the largest surviving portion of the city wall fortifications.

Artifacts and displays at the museum highlight religious, cultural and folklore aspects of Hannover’s history. Visitors’ favorite museum pieces tend to be the four House of Hannover royal coaches, which are ornately decorated. There are many relics and paraphernalia from the days when the Guelfs ruled the region, including medals, portraits, costumes and flags. In addition to learning more about the Royal House of Hannover, you can learn a great deal about the folklore and stories of the common people dating from medieval times. There is also a fascinating car from 1928 that predated the Volkswagen and served as a model for the omnipotent German car.

Opening Hours:
Tue: 10am-7pm; Wed-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat, Sun & holidays: 10am-6pm
Entry to the museum is free on Fridays

7) Anzeiger-Hochhaus

The Anzeiger-Hochhaus is a fascinating piece of 1920s era Hannover architecture, built by well-known German architect, Fritz Höger. It is an Expressionist style building and was one of the tallest buildings in the country at the time of its construction. The façade of the building is constructed with red and partially gold glazed bricks. The Expressionism style sought to minimize ornamentation and decoration present in buildings of the past and instead use basic features to create an impact. The building commissioned by the Madsack Group, which published the Hannover Gazette and today it is still used as the offices of several publishing houses.

The Anzeiger-Hochhaus was also one of the few historical buildings to survive World War II bombings largely intact. One of the main features of the building is its large copper dome – the top floor was originally used as a planetarium. The planetarium was burned down in 1945, and today it is used as an art-house cinema and the highest cinema in Germany. Renovations performed in 1998 have restored the building to its original grandeur as a design pioneer and flagship for modern media. Pay a visit to the cinema for the chance to see the interior of the building.

Walking Tours in Hannover, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Hannover

Create Your Own Walk in Hannover

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Hannover's Historical Churches Tour

Hannover's Historical Churches Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Musems and Theatres

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Hannover Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Shopping Areas in Hannover

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Hannover is the perfect city to shop in, having all the top world brands concentrated within easily accessible areas. You're free to find what you're looking for in minutes or to spend days browsing the great stores. Take our Shopping Areas tour to find the best places to shop in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles