Hanover to Warsaw

A visit to the points of interest of Hanover including Hanover New Town Hall (Rathaus), Hanover historic center, Herrenhausen Gardens, Marktkirche Church, Kröpcke and Hauptbahnhof Marienburg Castle, Telemax, Eilenriede and Hanover Zoo, Maschsee Lake before taking the train to Warsaw, Poland

Hanover is a city located in the Lower Saxony region of Germany.  Hanover offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Hanover New Town Hall (Rathaus)
  • Hanover historic center
  • Herrenhausen Gardens
  • Marktkirche Church
  • Kröpcke and Hauptbahnhof
  • Marienburg Castle
  • Telemax
  • Eilenriede and Hanover Zoo
  • Maschsee Lake

Hanover is not really a popular place to visit which means hotels are very cheap.  Anywhere close to the train station is a good location, Hanover is not a huge town.  A restaurant I recommend for a German experience is the Brauhaus Ernst August, located a short walk from the train station.

New Town Hall, Hanover

New Town Hall, Hanover

Hanover new town hall is a stunning building which photographs well from any angle.  In fact from the other side of the town hall you’ll find Maschteich and Maschsee lakes which offer some wonderful reflection photography opportunities.  The day (or year) I visited the other side of the building was being restored so I could not make a reflection photograph which was a shame as it was a sunny day.

As well as the gardens of the New Town Hall, a short drive from the city to the west are the Herrenhausen Gardens and Sea Life Aquarium.  A short drive east from the center you’ll find Hanover Zoo.  All these attractions make Hanover a great destination to travel with kids to.

Kröpcke and Hauptbahnhof, Hanover

Kröpcke and Hauptbahnhof, Hanover

The Kröpcke is the center of the city and there’s a popular monument here called the Kröpcke clock.  The walk from the Kröpcke to the Hauptbahnhof (train station) is all pedestrianized with lots of German fast food restaurants and shops.  The statue called Ernst-August-Denkmal outside the train station which is a man on the horse is a popular meeting spot, Germans will say to meet at the tail, meaning the tail of the horse of the statue.  The train station was virtually destroyed during the war which could have been a blessing as today it’s a beautifully restored and advanced train station.  Behind the train station you’ll see the famous Telemax, telecom tower of Hanover.

There’s a red line that runs around the city of Hanover and if you follow this line it will take you past all the famous sites of the city.  You can pick this red line up from outside the train station.

Marktkirche, Hanover

Marktkirche, Hanover

The Marktkirche is translated to the Church of the Marketplace.  This is a Gothic church and the southernmost example of North German Gothic churches.  The church built in the 14th century and as you’d imagine it was severely damaged during the second World War. Marktkirche was fully restored in 1953 and remains a point of interest of the city, it’s visible from almost anywhere in the city.  You can go inside the church but unfortunately you cannot climb it for a view of the city.

Old Town, Hanover

Old Town, Hanover

The historic old town of Hanover is full of colorful and traditional German style buildings.  This area is perfect for photographers, there are probably 3-4 blocks of these photogenic buildings (above).

A short trip from Hanover is Marienburg Castle.  This is a less famous fairy tale castle than the Neuschwanstein Castle close to Munich.  Nevertheless it is a fairy tale castle and worth a trip out.  If you aren’t driving you can take a short bus or train journey from Hanover followed by a 2-3 km walk.  If you have spare time in Hanover then I’d recommend Marienburg Castle.

Train to Warsaw

Train to Warsaw

I took an overnight Flixbus to Berlin, stayed in Berlin for 2 nights before taking a 6 hour express train direct to Warsaw for €46.  As Poland is part of the Schengen community there is no border control between Germany and Poland, still there is a chance you’ll have your passport inspected so have it to hand.

Warsaw to Krakow

2017-06-05T09:03:23+00:00April 19th, 2017|Germany, Western Europe|28 Comments


  1. Megan Rose April 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great little city to visit! Sightseeing is way better without crowds of tourists. Good to know how to move in and out as well!

  2. Danik April 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I have to admit I haven’t been to Hannover but your photos gives me the impression that it is a charming little town to check out if I was in the area. Great post.

  3. sherianne April 23, 2017 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I really enjoy Germany but have not been to Hanover, it looks cute!

  4. Wanderlust Vegans April 23, 2017 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Hanover is a city that we never made it to in Germany. It looks pretty beautiful, especially the old town. What a fun trip travelling across Europe you had.

  5. Kavey at Kavey Eats April 23, 2017 at 8:19 am - Reply

    What a colourful set of images, makes me want to visit both Hanover and Warsaw. Warsaw has been on my list a long time actually, so it’s time to get moving!

  6. Emily April 23, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I love the traditional German buildings in your photos. Add in some castles and it looks like a great destination. I need to see more of Germany!

  7. Lara April 23, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I also use FlixBus when traveling in Europe, they are really comfortable and cheap!

  8. Inge April 23, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Great post! We’re big fans of overland travel and your journey sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Danijela WorldGlimpses April 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Oh, look at that cobblestoned square in front of the Town Hall, just love it! The town looks so charming and colorful, love your photos. 🙂

  10. Katherine April 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    You’ve just ticked all the boxes for me! Cheaper hotels, not too crowded and what a great idea to have that red line to show you around town! Speaking as a hopeless person who ALWAYS gets lost, this would be so amazing for me 😉

  11. Tom April 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Hanover should be treated to better photographers, according to your observations. Probably a good spot to set up a tripod and shot some city blocks.

  12. Punita Malhotra April 24, 2017 at 2:45 am - Reply

    How do you get that curved perspective in your pictures? Love it! Germany is one of my favorite cities and Hannover is quintessential Germany too, it seems.

  13. jithin April 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a great place to visit in Europe. Amazing pictures. The post is very informative.

  14. Ana Ojha April 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know that Hanover is such a beautiful destination! The architecture of the New Town Hall looks absolutely splendid and Gothic church looks quite fascinating! Germany is on my bucket list. Hope to visit there soon!

  15. woody world packer April 25, 2017 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Amazing trip! As a photographer myself i would absolutely love to go here! Love the German building style and especially those colour full ones! Visited many German cities, but Hanover is still on our bucket list

  16. Pierre April 26, 2017 at 12:54 am - Reply

    If you can get to Hamburg it’s a great city!!

  17. Lois Alter Mark April 27, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

    We’ve been to Germany a number of times but haven’t even heard of Hanover. It looks like a great place to visit — I love all those bright colors! I also like that you can get less expensive hotels there.

  18. Abhinav Singh April 27, 2017 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I like exploring unknown and obscure places which is not on anyone’s wwishlist. There is a certain charm in such places. I am sure Hanover will still leave me with lot of stories even though it is not high on most traveler’s list.

  19. Mel I TravelingMel April 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hanover is beautiful! I don’t know why more people don’t visit, although it’s great that hotels are cheap. I can’t get over how pretty the buildings look. I think the wet streets are just gorgeous.

  20. Jean April 28, 2017 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Hanover looks wonderful. So many bright and beautiful buildings. I love the idea that not many people go here and it’s cheaper for us to stay in.

  21. Alice Chen April 28, 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Hanover sounds like such an amazing place! I definitely think I would enjoy it, even if it’s not that popular. The new town hall loks so vibrant!

  22. I am seeking places which are affordable but also have nice sceneries. Hanover is one of them. I like the Marienburg Castle. It looks incredible. I would like to watch live music and plays there.

  23. Rashmi and Chalukya April 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    We are awe of that colorful and vibrant architecture of the buildings. Hanover definitely looks like a photographers paradise. Loved the idea of red line it must be very easy for the tourists to explore the key attractions of the city. We haven’t heard of Marienburg Castle but we would love to as fairytale castles are fascinating.

  24. Katie April 29, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Your adventure makes me want to tour Europe asap!! Warsaw does look incredible and those colourful buildings in Hannover are so picturesque, it is like walking through a fairy tale!!

  25. Vrithi Pushkar April 29, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I have never been to Germany but Hanover sounds like a great place. I enjoy reading your posts. They always provide so much useful information. Thank you!

  26. Megan July 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photography. I love getting to see cities that aren’t the big touristy ones, so thanks for this. It’s easier to visit these places and not be in the tourist bubble the entire time. Enjoy your journeys!

  27. Natasha July 10, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Hanover old town looks beautiful. I love that it is cheap, that helps when you want to travel for longer. Hanover really looks like a beautiful place to explore. The architecture is so beautiful

  28. Robert December 28, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Hanover looks full stunning architecture. I was looking for buildings to photograph there, I knew about the colourful houses of old town. I didn’t know about the Rathaus though – wow!

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