Hannover- Why go to Paris, London or Zurich when you can come to the capital of Lower Saxony!
We may not have the Champs Elysées, the London Eye or the mountains, but you will be very pleasantly surprised at how attractive Hannover is and how much the city can offer to the most discerning of student! Capital of the state of Lower Saxony with a population of 516,000, Hannover is centrally situated in North-West Germany and is a city with a rich historical background. Not only is it renowned for its trade fairs, it is one of the greenest cities in Germany, and where you even can bump into the German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schröder over a beer and currywurst.
Founded in the 12th century, Hannover gained in importance as a trading city and in 1636 was proclaimed the capital of the Welf dynasty, one of Europes most notable families. The 18th century proved to be the hey-day for the Welfs, providing a line of kings for the British throne in personal union from 1714 to 1837, ending only when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. In 1866, however its status as a kingdom came to an end when Hannover was annexed to Prussia after being on the losing side in the Austro-Prussian war. World War II saw the bombing of 80% of the city centre, and whilst it has lost the grandeur it once had, exemplary restoration work has given back the city a number of its architectural gems, still providing you with a real feel for it’s important past.
Today Hannover is the host of two of the world’s largest trade fairs, the Hannover Fair and CeBiT. The city offers an attractive lake and expansive green belt perfect for sports of all kinds, excellent cultural offerings including a first-class opera house and many theatres, a wide range of open air events, first-class shopping facilities and a fine selection of restaurants.
Living in Hannover
Hannover is a great city to live in, large enough to provide all the facilities of a big city but small enough to feel homely in. An excellent public transport system as well an excellent bicycle lane network makes it easy to travel all over the city. Hannover offers a good standard of life and it is easy to feel at home quickly.
Where is Hannover?
Hannover is also well located for travel to some of Germany’s highlights: Berlin, Hamburg, the North and Baltic Coasts. Lower Saxony also offers it own highlights such as Celle, Hameln, Hildesheim, Göttingen, Goslar, the Lüneburger Heath and the Hartz mountains to name but a few. With beautiful countryside across Lower Saxony weekends are never boring.
Hannover Main station is also at the heart of the German railway network. From Hannover you can be in Frankfurt in just over two hours, Munich in just over four, Amsterdam in five. There are also very good air links to many European cities with budget airlines.
Further information: www.hannover.de
"Hannover is not a huge city, which makes it a quiet place to live. It has a good public transportation network, so it is possible to go to any part of the city with no need for a car. There are also some interesting sites, especially the Neues Rathaus and its surrounding garden: it is such a nice place to visit on a sunny day!"
Sara Nogueira, Year 2013
"There is so much forest (Eilenriede) and a lake (Maschsee) in the middle of the city. Hannover has a good opera house staging a large variety of operas and ballets, with special really cheap rates for students. There is an abundance of pubs with nice cosy atmosphere and reasonably priced food and drinks. I appreciated the general low cost of living (rent etc) compared to other cities in Germany (Munich, Hamburg)"
Kerstin Radtke, Germany, Year 2003
"Cebit and watching Hannover 96 (Bundesliga football team) are my favourite things"
Quan Qiu, China, Year 2005
"The market in Linden on Saturdays is just great. You can buy really fresh food (Antipasti, olives, fresh bread..and of course fruit and vegetables). You can also drink a nice café latte at one of the coffee stalls or sit at a table in one of the small cafés nearby and people watch"
Susanne Lerch, Germany, Year 2003
"Hannover is attractive because it is quiet (the tram is never crowded and you can always sit down!!) and it is very green. For this reason it is a perfect city for studying. A nice place to go to is the zoo which is one of the best in Europe and the city center is also very attractive because there are a lot of restaurants and nice shops. This part of this city is always so "alive" as compared to the calm elsewhere"
Sirine El Houry, Lebanon, Year 2006
"Hannover has very good public traffic network and many cycle paths. You don't need a car in Hannover and this saves a lot of money. Besides this, you save a lot of time as you don't need to look for a parking lot. Hannover has also just the right size for a city! You can easily go shopping and have all the goodies of a real city. However, if you like to go for a walk and enjoy some fresh air, you need only 15-30 minutes and you are in the Eilenriede, the Maschsee or at a nice spot somewhere outside of the city. An event I recomment to join everybody living in Hannover is the "kleines Fest im großen Garten" taken out in the historic Herrenhäuser Gärten. There are lots of artists and comedians making really nice shows in a very lovely ambience with a wonderful athmosphere. However, it is not quite easy to get a ticket!"
Kay Johswich, Germany, Year 2004
"The town itself is big enough to offer lots of possibilities: museums, galleries, opera, shopping, etc. but is still small enough not to be anonymous. I also like the rural landscape around Hannover as I grew up in a very small town and always being in a huge town without green places would drive me mad! The nightlife is great for students."
Karla Dreckmann, Germany, Year 2006