Daily Life in Northern Hannover (Self Guided), Hannover

A major regional economic center with a population of more than half a million people, Hannover is one of the best known cities in Germany. If you want to see what life is like for those that make Hannover what it is today, take our Daily Life tour. It will take you to the places most visited by locals to relax, to enjoy the cultural heritage of the city or simply to sit and have a coffee on a beautiful day in a comfy atmosphere.
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Daily Life in Northern Hannover Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in Northern Hannover
Guide Location: Germany » Hannover (See other walking tours in Hannover)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: kane
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Anzeiger-Hochhaus

1) 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.
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Kestnergesellschaft

2) Kestnergesellschaft

The Kestnergesellshaft is one of the largest and best known art institutions in Germany. Its focus on contemporary art has brought creativity and innovation to the masses since it opened in 1916. Since its inception it has proudly provided installations of some of the most exciting artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Kestnergesellschaft not only showcases paintings and sculpture, but also draws on design, architecture, fashion, literature, philosophy, humanities and music. In 1936 the museum was temporarily closed under pressure from the Nazi government since it was deemed to be showcasing degenerate art. Following the war, the museum was reopened by publicly minded Hannover residents, Hermann Bahlsen, Wilhelm Stichweh, Bernhard Sprengel, and Günther Beindorff.

In the 1990s the original building could no longer meet the technological needs of the museum and a new space was sought. Some of the premier artists of recent times have displayed their works in the Kestnergesellschaft, including: Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, El Lissitzky, Warhol and Miro. There is always a dynamic range of exhibitions and educational programs happening at the museum making it an exciting experience for art lovers. Closed on Mondays, the Kestnergesellschaft is open from 11am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday and until 8pm on Thursdays. There are free guided tours offered at certain times throughout the day.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lutherkirche

3) Lutherkirche

The Luther Church in Hannover was built between 1895 and 1898, as the last of the three great churches of the northern region. During World War II the church was damaged in an air-strike, and did not reopen until 1957. In 2006 the church's belfry, the gallery floor and the roof were destroyed in a fire. Fortunately, all were restored in 2008.
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Leibniz Universität Hannover

4) Leibniz Universität Hannover (must see)

Hanover's Leibniz University is one of Germany’s oldest science and technology institutes. Founded in 1831, today it is considered to be one of Germany’s premier technology educational facilities. Starting out with a modest 64 students, it has thrived and today boasts 21,000 students and 2300 academics and scientists. Over the course of the 20th century, arts and humanities faculties were added to the originals. The university is now very highly regarded and is a member of the TU9, the association of nine leading technological institutes of Germany. It offers 150 degree courses, which makes it the second largest tertiary facility in Lower Saxony.

Visitors are most likely to come to see the impressive university building and grounds, which are based at the Guelph Palace. In 1879 the university changed its name to the Royal College of Technology and moved into the Guelph Palace, which had been specially renovated for the purpose. In 1899 the college was granted university status and Wilhelm II gave it dispensation to grant doctorates. The Guelph Palace was originally built as a summer residence for the House of Hannover. It was planned that it would be the seat of the Hannover Empire; however, these plans didn’t come to fruition as the Prussian annexation of 1866 diminished the power of the House of Hannover.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wilhelm-Busch-Museum

5) Wilhelm-Busch-Museum

The Wilhelm Busch Museum is dedicated to one of Germany’s best loved cartoonists and the creator of the Max and Moritz comic strips. For those who are interested in cartooning in general and Wilhelm Busch specifically, the museum is well worth visiting, with 300 oil paintings, 1200 sketches and drawings, and 49 cartoon stories, as well as many poems and letters by Busch on display. For others the museum is equally as fascinating for its location in the Georgenpalais, a Baroque palace that was built in 1780. The museum was opened in 1930, but during the war the artworks had to be evacuated to prevent destruction. The building was extensively damaged during World War II, but it was renovated and the museum reopened in 1950.

In addition to the works and life story of Wilhelm Busch, there are also works by international artists and a significant collection of satirical art that spans four centuries. The museum puts on a dynamic calendar of events and temporary exhibitions by acclaimed artists. Past exhibitions have included works by Walt Disney, such as Carl Barks, Grandville, Gottfried Helnwein,Hergé, Winsor McCay and Roland Topor.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Georgenpalais

6) Georgenpalais

Built in the late 18th Century, the Georgenpalais and its gardens are a favorite spot among locals for a good walk. Its architecture from more than two centuries ago is a delight for eyes, and its green areas are a must in spring or summer when they have the perfect feel good atmosphere.
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Herrenhausen Gardens

7) Herrenhausen Gardens (must see)

The Herrenhausen Gardens in Hannover are a real treat as they provide a glimpse into the opulent world of European royalty of the past. The Baroque French style gardens were created in 1666 for the House of Hannover and they were added to by kings and princes until the 19th century. The Grossegarten was established thanks to Sophia of Hannover, who commissioned the French landscape designer Martin Charbonnier to build a grand garden. What he created was 50 hectares of geometrical design hedges and walkways interspersed by statues. The centerpiece of the garden was Herrenhauser Castle, but this was sadly almost completely destroyed during World War II. The castle has recently been rebuilt to its former glory.

The Berggarten was designed as a vegetable garden for Herrenhauser Castle in 1666. Towards the end of the 17th century, it was converted into a garden for exotic plants and a conservatory was built. It was used as a botanical garden from 1750 onwards. In 1846 a palm house containing the largest range of palm trees in Europe was added. The Welfengarten leads up to the University of Hannover on what was formerly Guelph Palace.

Why You Should Visit:
The huge main garden comprises the best-preserved Baroque garden in Europe, with fountains, moats, statues, topiary, flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns.
There is also a museum as well as an outdoor theatre with regular concerts, plays, dance and comedy shows.
Every September there's an autumn Festival, and there are firework displays at New Year and in July.

Tip:
Your ticket will include museum + gardens. If you only visit one of those, you can come back to visit the other with the same ticket any other day.
A note of caution: if you leave the gardens you will have to pay again for re-entry!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8pm (May-Aug; otherwise generally until sunset)
During winter months and on the occasion of events opening times may be restricted or the gardens may be closed earlier.
The Georgengarten is a public open space with free access.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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